See, this is what happens. I take a day off to write some serious stuff, and I accrue dozens of links…
Top of the news is that the secrets of Çatalhöyük are about to be unveiled. Why this matters is because it is the oldest known permanent site of religious construction, before the establishment of permanent cities. We have been waiting for the details, those of us who care, for a while now.
All adolescent males are philosophers.
Michael Yarmolinsky has an absolutely stunning article up at Small Things Considered on phages and flagellae.
Andrew Gelman and Cosma Shalizi object to Bayesianism being treated as induction.
John Horgan has a review of Fodor and Piatelli-Palmarini’s What Darwin Got Wrong. I promise I will finish mine someday.
Tom Rees at Epiphenom discusses the role of religion in cases where one is ostracised.
Quinn O’Neill at 3QuarksDaily has an excellent piece on the need for, and fate of, whistleblowers and why governments cannot be trusted. This is important to me because the Australian Internet Filter is going ahead. Hypocrits! [Incidentally, this is one of the better analyses of why Conroy’s PM was replaced by his Deputy PM, and why nothing much has changed; it also shows why we should be worried that we are losing our freedoms.]
Dave Gorski reports on the costs to his professional life of opposing the antivaxxers.
And finally, Jennifer Rohm rediscovers Kuhn’s Normal Science…