Category Archives: Evolution

Nothing in Movement Conservatism Makes Sense Except in the Light of Creationism: The Reagan Tax Hike Edition

With apologies to geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky who wrote “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution.” Because if you’ve had to deal with the little lies in service of the ‘Big Truth creationists spout, or the complete … Continue reading

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Just-So Stories and the ‘Evolutionary Biology Diet’

Amanda Marcotte and Rebecca Watson pointed me towards this absurd article “Why women need fat.” In fairness, I don’t dispute the idea that the recent advent of a diet full of processed sugars hasn’t been good for us, or that … Continue reading

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: The Dallas Fed Creationist Economics Edition

In the antibiotic resistance field, there’s a lot of debate over whether the problem of antibiotic resistance is primarily due to misuse in medicine or in agriculture. I won’t pretend that everyone involved is an honest player–I’ve described how some … Continue reading

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Dear IDiots: Here’s Another Bacterial Structure That Isn’t ‘Irreducibly Complex’

That is, if you’re not stupid. If you’ve had to deal with creationist dumbitude, you’ve probably encountered what they call ‘irreducible complexity.’ By that, they mean that some structures are so complex, only a Vorlon an Intelligent Designer could have … Continue reading

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A Role for Morons? Thoughts on the Extinct Plague

This isn’t my usual post about morons (or fucking morons). Nope, this is about the Black Death, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis (we’ll get to the morons in a bit). Recent work, published in The Proceedings of the National … Continue reading

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The Left Does “Give a Fig About Science”–For Its Own Sake

Every day, I go to work and “beat the Judeo-Christian moral tradition into submission in the service of managerial progressivism.” Or something.
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Some Thoughts About EAEC, Reservoirs, and Pathogenicity

A pathogen that often isn’t.
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Posted in E. coli, Evolution, Genomics | 2 Comments

Are Shiga-Toxin Phages E. coli Diseases? (File Under Speculative Hypotheses)

Or maybe wild-ass speculation.
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Posted in E. coli, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Viruses | 4 Comments

Can Biologists Admit We Are Wrong? Dunno. But We Will Say Other Biologists Are Wrong

Because we are human after all. On the virtues of reaching a (loose) consensus.
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Posted in Economics, Evolution, Genetics, Group Selection, Microbiology | 4 Comments

When Economists Misunderstand Biology

And why it matters: we need economists to be better economists.
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Posted in Ecology, Economics, Evolution, Philosophy Shit | 44 Comments