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Cichlid speciation attributed to “plasticity” now

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:38:32 +0000

See this abstract from Molecular Ecology*: There is increasing evidence that phenotypic plasticity can promote population divergence by facilitating phenotypic diversification and, eventually, genetic divergence. When a ‘plastic’ population colonizes a new habitat, it has the possibility to occupy multiple niches by expressing several distinct phenotypes. These initially reflect the population’s plastic range but may […]



Suzan Mazur on pop science media and the recent “rethink evolution” meet

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:01:23 +0000

In the midst of a fairly heavy fog, if not blackout, in the pop science media, Mazur has done more than anyone to let the public know that evolutionary biology is being forced to rethink a commitment to Darwinism (or neo-Darwinism or a lightly stretched synthesis, or whatever your PR person wants to call it […]



Dying mainstream media on ID: They stand by their story, however wrong

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:46:21 +0000

This item at Evolution News & Views is worth pondering: A journalist working for a national newspaper chain has fabricated a claim about the Texas science standards, and now he and his editor are refusing to correct the record. In late September, three Texas newspapers owned by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI) published an article […]



Once more:“What if dark matter doesn’t exist?”

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:37:23 +0000

From Natalie Wolchover at Quanta, on the Dutch theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde, who argues that it doesn’t: he latest attempt to explain away dark matter is a much-discussed proposal by Erik Verlinde, a theoretical physicist at the University of Amsterdam who is known for bold and prescient, if sometimes imperfect, ideas. In a dense 51-page […]



Fred Hoyle, Chandra Wickramasinghe, God, their admirers and critics

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:10:46 +0000

There are stories that pop science is bound to tell wrong (you pay/they sneer). Re Hoyle and Wickramasinghe, here’s the skinny: One of them is about “atheist” Fred Hoyle, who was probably more of a panentheist (God is present in everything), according to science historian Michael Flannery: Hoyle is often regarded as a panspermia atheist, […]



New Scientist: Restore the power of pop science “facts”! – US election special

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:50:36 +0000

Yes, they are still grousing about that. And, from a distance, they sound surreal. From Dan Jones at New Scientist: In November, Donald Trump defied the pollsters to be elected the 45th US president. A few months earlier, UK voters decided to end their country’s 43-year membership of the European Union. Throughout Europe populist movements […]



Why naturalist atheists need space aliens

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:42:46 +0000

But not a God, with moral rules. From campus pastor Peter Burfeind at The Federalist: Lacking any evidence of an actual alien, Hollywood’s aliens speak more about the modern psyche fueling the imaginations of their designers. … The aliens in “Arrival” look like tree trunks. Get it? The trees are coming to tell us to […]



Embargoes: The uniquack approach to science writing

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:22:10 +0000

No embargoes: From Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch: This Thursday, dozens of news outlets will publish stories on the same new study in the journal Science. On Friday, many of those same news outlets will all report on a study in the medical journal the Lancet. These newspapers and magazines will largely talk to the […]



Fascism Watch

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:33:18 +0000

One would think that the French, having been overrun by a fascist country in 1940, would be especially careful to reign in the fascist impulses of their progressives.  But one would be wrong: In 2014, in conjunction with World Down Syndrome Day (March 21), the Global Down Syndrome Foundation prepared a two-minute video titled “Dear […]



Top Ten in junk science in 2016?

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:20:16 +0000

‘Tis the season of Top Tens. From the American Council on Science and Health here’s the first we got: #8. JAMA goes political. The Journal of the American Medical Association continues gambling with its reputation. This year, it published an article by President Barack Obama, in which he analyzed and applauded the impact of his […]