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Archives for February, 2009

Originally posted by Seth Herd at Developing Intelligence On February 24, 2009, at 12:00 PM I disagree with many of Gary Marcus‘s theories, but I think that his book Kluge is important, entertaining, and even accurate. The book’s main thesis is that if God had designed the human mind, He would’ve done a better job.…

Originally posted by Mike Dunford On February 18, 2009, at 2:01 PM “Children are our hope for the future.” THERE IS NO HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, said Death. “What does it contain, then?” ME. “Besides you, I mean!” Death gave him a puzzled look. I’M SORRY? —Terry Pratchett, Sourcery Bad Astronomy Blogger Phil Plait has…

Originally posted by Brian Switek On February 22, 2009, at 6:18 PM It would be fair to say that, until a week ago, I knew virtually nothing about J.B.S. Haldane. I knew he was a British biologist who helped form the subdiscipline of population genetics, but that was about it. Then, unexpectedly, Oxford University Press…

Originally published by Martin Rundkvist On February 23, 2009, at 8:20 AM Now and then I blog about abandoned tree houses. But of course, real large houses are even more fascinating in their extended boundary state between dwelling and archaeological site (as I wrote about in January ’06). I recently read a new book (in…

Wired for War, by P.W. Singer

Originally published by Janet Stemwedel On February 9, 2009, at 6:25 PM Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century by P.W. Singer New York: Penguin 2009 For some reason, collectively humans seem to have a hard time seeing around corners to anticipate the shape our future will take. Of those…

Originally published by Greg Laden On February 6, 2009 11:14 PM It’s out! Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction (Second Edition) is now available on line and in bookstores (or at least it is being shipped out as we speak). This is the newly revamped edition of Genie Scott’s essential reference supporting the Evolutionist Perspective in…

Review by Scicurious, from Neurotopia Originally published on: February 5, 2009 1:45 AM I am an unabashed lover of Scientific American. Well, ok, I’m also a grad student. So I can’t AFFORD Scientific American. But luckily, Scientific American has podcasts! There’s a regular weekly one that is around 40 minutes long, and then there are…

Freaks of Nature, by Mark Blumberg

Review by John Wilkins, from Evolving Thoughts Originally published on February 3, 2009, at 11:38 AM “Freaks of Nature: What Anomalies Tell Us About Development and Evolution” (Mark S. Blumberg) This book came to me well recommended, and as far as the content goes, I am very impressed. The writing style, however, and the intended…