I haven’t done one of these for a while.
Pat Shipman has a hypothesis that humans connect with animals as a result of our symbolic capacities, as discussed here by Greg Downey.
P. D. Magnus discusses Homeostatic Property Cluster accounts of kinds. I really like the footnote “Imagine the usual flurry of citations here.”
Apparently punditry is disconnected from facts. Beck and Limbaugh assert known falsehoods. Film at… hell, nobody will ever show that film apart from Jon Stewart.
The co-author of a paper that was reported by Woo Central as “Darwin was WRONG” notes that they didn’t even mention Darwin in the paper and they don’t think Darwin was wrong. To their credit, Huff posted a critical piece too, but only after they changed the headline.
Finally, it looks like breeders have exhausted the genetic diversity in existing populations of wheat, and without GM insertion will not be able to increase yields.