FAPP reply to Godfrey-Smith. Same old same old…
Josh Rosenau is on fire. First he discusses recent polling on evolution and creation in America. Then he tests the hypothesis that the Affirmative Atheists have made a dent in religious belief in America. Not so much… Here he debunks the idea that marriage is about procreation. He manages to avoid saying what I won’t avoid saying: this is Catholic dogma dressed up as natural law.
Here is a piece about how to deal with homophobic students who want professors fired, by Community College Dean. Very interesting.
Neolithic people could do amputations well.
Brian Switek delivers the best look at the ape-Old World Monkey split paper. Of course.
There’s a new and excellent Giant’s Shoulders blog carnival (25) at Dispersal of Darwin. I’m in it! Yay!
Prince Charles is a Very Silly Man, according to Hitchens (and the rest of the educated world).
Stephanie Zvan thanks Randi for being a dick, leading to this post on the use of emotion in rational outreach. I think this supports my oft-made claim that the media are not about reason or information, but attitudes. [h/t Laden, I think]
Elio and Stanley track down the source of the claim that we have ten times as many cells that are commensuals than we do of our own genome and soma.
And finally, but a link you should all follow now: breaking news! Newton lied about how he did the Principia to protect his claims of priority for the “method of fluxions” (differential calculus) against Leibniz. Scientist rewrites history, film at 11. Thony is also on a roll right now…