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Archives for January, 2006

Why biology blogs?

This is more the territory of Cognitive Daily, but I think I want to offer a possibility as to why Science Blogs is bio-heavy, as RPM observed. I think it is because biology is a science which intersects with intuitive cognitive biases we naturally exhibit as humans. I am suggesting that perhaps a content specific…

Great discoveries….

Via RPM I see that Chad at Uncertain Principles is asking about seminal discoveries and experiments in biology. This is a enormous field and I’m not really good at “lists.” But here are a few off the top of my head…. In the 19th century – As far as theory goes it I think Darwin’s…

The old taking strength from the young

Heredity has two free reviews up, Quantitative genetics: Small but not forgotten, and Evolutionary genetics: Fight or flinch? New fields like genomics and evo-devo get a lot of press, and deservedly so, but I believe that the swarm of data generated by these disciplines is going to revitalize quantitative (biometry) and evolutionary genetics. Ultimately the…

Inclusive fitness, yes!

I’ve made a few comments about inclusive fitness/kin selection that have expressed caution recently, but this paper in Molecular Ecology points in the other direction and reaffirms the power of W.D. Hamilton’s theoretical framework. But one must remember that some of the review literature suggests that kin selection might have been a sufficient condition for…

I do live…and welcome

Welcome. I suspect most of you have come via the previous iteration of this weblog. That variant continues, but I consider this weblog under the aegis of Seed a derived state which will offer up a different flavor. Alas, the launching of Science Blogs has caught me on vacation, so I haven’t posted. That won’t…