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Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov 25 2012

It was looking good up to the last panel

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You should all be reading Scenes From a Multiverse. It’s a webcomic that’s totally unbelievable. See? Right there at the end? That never happens. A priest being self-aware? Ridiculous!

Nov 25 2012

Oooh, sniny!

I don’t know how long it will be up (maybe permanently), but Lousy Canuck is now using the new site redesign template. Take a look, it may soon be sweeping through all the FtB sites. If you’re concerned about the font size (I am), I’m also pretty sure I’ll be able to tweak little things …

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Nov 25 2012

Eulogy for a lost mind

As some of you may know, both Aron Ra and I cut our teeth together in the creation/evolution battles that raged on the usenet newsgroup, talk.origins, back in the 1990s. One of our colleagues-in-arms was a fellow named Glenn Morton, a petroleum geologist, who brought his expertise to bear in debates with young earth creationists. …

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Nov 24 2012

A beautiful answer to a hideous problem

When he was a boy in Afghanistan, Massoud Hassani and his brother made toys that would roll across the desert landscape pushed by the wind. Too often they’d lose those toys. Not in a neighbor’s yard, or a tree too tall to climb, but because the toys would blow into land that had been filled with …

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Nov 24 2012

Just go for it!

Oh, look: the European Science Foundation is sponsoring a contest to reward the best video promoting science. I haven’t watched them all! You’ll have to tell me which one is best.

Nov 24 2012

I usually don’t like pie charts, but…

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…this one has clarity in a style that usually obscures quantitative relationships.

Nov 24 2012

The Fantastic Bonus theory of female orgasm

Larry Moran put up this video of Elisabeth Lloyd discussing the problem of assuming adaptation in evolutionary studies. I think it’s excellent and makes points I wish more people would consider…but strangely, most of the comments over there are expressing extreme distaste while failing to mention any specifics about what they dislike. Maybe some of …

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Nov 23 2012

Another ugly example of the abuse of Evolutionary Psychology

I have to take one more slash at evolutionary psychology, and then I’ll stop for the day. But first, maybe I should give you the tells I use to recognize good evopsych from bad evopsych (oh, dear, I just admitted that there’s some respectable evopsych out there…). Here’s an easy indicator. If it’s a paper …

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Nov 23 2012

Belief in Evolutionary Psychology May Be Hardwired, Study Says

[It's been a while since I've revived an old Pharyngula-safe post from my old blog, and it seemed like we have the appropriate theme going here today.] Biologists have long assumed that evolutionary psychology, a controversial branch of psychology that ascribes many common social behaviors to genetics, is a muddled blend of half-understood evolutionary biology, selective data …

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Nov 23 2012

I really hope none of you went to Walmart today

I’m with Tyrone Robinson, the underpaid Walmart employee who publicly walked out today. Tyrone Robinson, the lone worker and protester from Chicago’s Walmart on the far south side of the city, estimates he earns about $15,000 a year doing produce management. One of the demands of the strikes is that workers be able to earn …

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