Gene Expression

Archives for April, 2006

John responds to the “race” response from Matt & I. I’m not interested in making a point-by-point response to the response because I don’t think the “objective” difference in opinion is that great, rather, it seems to be that we are clashing in the turbulent waters of nominalism. First, I will respond to what I…

Race

John Wilkins has a post on race where he expresses skepticism about its biological reality. He comment was in response to a post on my other blog (by another individual), but I’ll stand by it. I’ve talked abut race in the past, and I’m not into the topic at this point since it is going…

Just a note for those of you who don’t read my other weblog, Greg Cochran has two new ideas that we’re trying to guess at. First, he’s got a new theory about the origin/evolution about the Hobbits of Flores. Second, he thinks it might be a possibility that there are living Neandertals. Anyway, I’m throwing…

Religious intolerance in the USA

How deep do the seams of tolerance run in this country? Sometimes you wonder…ultimately, I’m pessimistic about the human love of liberty. I tend to agree with Matt McIntosh that to some extent American defense of individual freedoms is based on custom & tradition rather than reasoned acceptance of core principles. In any case I…

Friday cat picture

Check out the tail, Agnostic….

Check out this cool paper in PLOS Genetics: In this first application of the approximate Bayesian computation approach using the serial coalescent, we demonstrated the estimation of historical demographic parameters from ancient DNA. We estimated the timing and severity of a population bottleneck in an endemic subterranean rodent, Ctenomys sociabilis, over the last 10,000 y…

Since I will use vulgar language, this post will be mostly below the fold.

Pagan & Christian

The late 4th century witnessed the death of the pagan world and the rise of the early medieval era. Today, our culture focuses on the here & now and we neglect the past. But the past is important because we can learn from the rivers explored by our ancestors. In our modern age of religious…

The chimeric robot

Richard Dawkins pioneered the popularization of the “selfish gene” concept in the book of the same name in the 1970s, and yet it is clear that most people haven’t really internalized this idea. Otherwise, how to explain the success of books like The Journey of Man and The Seven Daughters of Eve which explicitly conflate…

Genetic thugs in the house!

I’ve been a bit anal about genetic drift over the past few days. The reason is simple, replace “random genetic drift” with “sampling error”, and note how ridiculous some of the things scientists will say to journalists when they come a callin’ sound all of a sudden. “Hm…no, I haven’t done research in this area,…