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How NOT to think about human behavior

Echidne, Amanda Marcotte, Laelaps and Larry Moran beautifully destroy the “Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature” article from the recent issue of ‘Psychology Today’, the latest garbage from the Evolutionary Psychology crowd. Much fun was had by all….

It’s been a while since I last blogged about the Bosnian Pyramid (I did follow the story superficially, though, but was sick of trolls attracted to the topic), but I have to break the silence for this piece of good news: The Culture Ministry found the “research” conducted by Osmanagic’s team to be questionable and…

Malaria and DDT

I often blog about malaria because it is a fascinating disease which has to be studied in a highly integrative manner, is a great teaching topic and I could tie it in with my own field. If you share my fascination, than your Obligatory Reading Of The Day is this post by Bug Girl (via)…

In the May 18th issue of Science there is a revew paper by Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg. An expanded version of it also appeared recently in Edge and many science bloggers are discussing it these days. Enrique has the best one-sentence summary of the article: The main source of resistance to scientific ideas…

It could be the seasonal use of pesticides, as this study suggests, or it could be seasonality in nutrition of mothers and infants, or seasonality of environmental stressors, or seasonality of mothers’ hormone profiles. Most likely all or most of these and other factors play a role, and the relative importance of the factors differs…

Circadian Meditation?!

How does one fisk a medical quackery when there is no attempt whatsoever to explain what it is all about – not even a string of New-Age mumbo-jumbo, nonsensical, vaguely English-sounding words. All it says is: Buy The Book. Yeah, right… Related: Circadian Quackery

My SciBlings Chris Mooney and Matt Nisbet just published an article in ‘Science’ (which, considering its topic is, ironically, behind the subscription wall, but you can check the short press release) about “Framing Science” Carl Zimmer, PZ Myers, Mike Dunford (also check the comments here), John Fleck, Larry Moran, Dietram Scheufele, Kristina Chew, Randy Olson,…

Bosnian Pyramid Update

I really did not have time to follow up on the whole case, but Alun has so check out his latest…. And you can always be up to date by following the postings on the APWR Central blog. I wish the whole thing was just an April’s Fool joke, but unfortunately, it is just one’s…

Denialism

Chris and Mark Hoofnagle have recently started a new blog – Denialism.com which I warmly recommend. Wanna know what denialism is? Check out their definition, or even better, their article: The Denialists’ Deck of Cards: An Illustrated Taxonomy of Rhetoric Used to Frustrate Consumer Protection Efforts

Pale Blue Dot

A tribute…