So many links, and so little time (I’m preparing subjects!)
Why Uner-Tan Syndrome is not evidence for evolution, again. That’s where the family doesn’t walk on two legs in Turkey. Good article attacking a stupid claim.
Tim Crane at the NYT blog Opinionator argues that science and religion have different modes of thinking.
NPR notes that culture evolves.
Listeria is a bacteria that announces itself to the immune system.
An article on scaling in animals in PNAS.
A great blog on the history of geology: History of Geology! The Boneyard, a blog now defunct, has been rebooted as Love in a Time of Chasmosaurs. The Bubble Chamber is a new blog on HPS and public policy. Think Deviant is another new HPS blog. Will Thomas rounds up some other new science-related blogs, particularly the “Toronto Blog Collective”. While you are sniffing around, check out Philosophy TV.
Peripatus!! A velvet worm in the antipodes, and its evolutionary relationships.
Is there still a coherent tree in “prokaryotes”? Apparently so.
Sloan Wilson discusses what is actually claimed for Inclusive Fitness theory.
Was Nietzsche opposed to science or philosophy? No, but he didn’t like disinterested philosophy or science.
Some politics: No Catholic church is free of pedophilia in Belgium. The record of the Catholic Church on AIDS. Not good. The internet filter remains policy in Australia. The Australian Federal Police want unrestricted access to data about internet usage, and for it to be retained by ISPs indefinitely. And apparently the new “National Broadband Network” is going to cause more internet usage by criminals. This is also an argument for not fixing bad roads…
There’s a principle that if a creationist has tertiary “science” credentials, it will be in engineering. Turns out that engineers are also more often represented amongst terrorists than the population ratio.
Rationally Speaking has a teaser for a podcast on evolutionary psychology.
A Grauniad blogger renounces his angry atheism.
Finally, what’s behind “The Secret” and Rhonda Byrnes? Tripe, politics and money, of course.