Category Archives: Evolution

Richard Epstein’s No Good Interview with Issac Chotiner

There are two rules in life: “Never get involved in a land war in Asia” Never agree to an interview with Issac Chotiner. (for the Princess Bride fans). Libertarian ‘thinker’ Richard Epstein, after arguing that the mortality from COVID-19 would … Continue reading

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Yes, We Can See Evolution

So Eduardo Porter wrote an article, in which he dabbled in Compulsive Centrist Disorder, arguing Dirty Fucking Hippies are wrong to oppose nuclear power. For the record, I think coal and natural gas plants should be decommissioned well before nuclear … Continue reading

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What Does “Human Antibiotics” Mean?

Because, like Honey Badger, bacteria just don’t give a shit what they’re called. Recently, Tyson Food, the largest U.S. poultry producer, announced they’re changing their antibiotic use policies (boldface mine): Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) said today it is striving … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Antibiotics, Evolution, Plasmids

You Know Who Else Banned the Teaching of Evolution?

No, not Hitler, ISIL (boldface mine): The new Mosul curriculum, allegedly issued by al-Baghdadi himself, stresses that any reference to the republics of Iraq or Syria must be replaced with “Islamic State.” Pictures that violate its ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on “Die, Selfish Gene, Die”

I’m often reluctant to get involved in online debates over the philosophy of biology as they usually shed more heat than light. That said, I’m going to do something stupid and comment on David Dobbs’ recent Aeon article “Die, selfish … Continue reading

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What’s More Disturbing…

…a sitting U.S. senator who thinks global warming is due to “sunspots” or whose staffers think the correct answer to ‘does he believe in evolution?’ is ‘no’? I say, why choose? Here’s what happened when a constituent tried to find … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Evolution, Global Warming

Two Disturbing Carbapenem-Resistance Observations

I’ve discussed before the serious problem of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (‘CRE’): these are common disease-causing bacteria that have evolved resistance to all penicillin derivatives, and usually are resistant to all other commonly used antibiotics* (and in some cases, every antibiotic). So … Continue reading

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