Psycasm on Academic Twittering.
Contrasting plant diversification histories within the Andean biodiversity hotspot in PNAS. Seems that ecosystems can remain stable for millions of years. This is important, given that we are perturbing ecosystem stability on the scale of decades.
Pleiotropy rediscovers the Tragedy of the Commons and relates it to global warming.
Steve Matheson at Panda’s Thumb on developmental buffering. Joe Felsenstein comments!
Wikileaks is illegal in the US, so watch out Assanger! There’s a secret indictment and a hit squad coming your way. Putrely in the name of democracy of course.
Don’t send, or open, Word attachments in email! Tell your colleagues now.
Anne Rice, whose Christ, the Lord, was a terrible piece of fluff, has given up on Christianity. Of course, she is now being attacked by the faithful. I say, thank the fates! We may not have to endure more than two of that series…
On framing conservation at Voltage Gate.
This is crucial. It’s often joked that the best studied tribe in the anthropological and psychological world are Chicago undergraduates. Joseph Henrich, Steven J. Heine and Ara Norenzayan, have published a target article “The weirdest people in the world?” in Brain and Behavioral Sciences, in which they discuss this bias and what it means. They coin a memorable acronym: Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic, or “WEIRD”. Neuroanthropology has a discussion and summary.