Gene Expression

Archives for November, 2006

A friend pointed to this massive collation of statistics on atheism across the world. I myself keep track of this literature and most of the values are pretty plausible, or I’ve seen them before (you can find The World Values Survey publications in any college library). This section caught my attention: Justin Barret (2004) has…

Outing a Christer

Chris of Mixing Memory is now a Christian. Just so you know. It was reading Kierkegaard that pushed him over the edge. He just told me via IM. You think Chris is an idiot now, right J-Dog?

Top 25 science books

Discover is doing a “25 Greatest Science Books of All-Time” list. The great thing about stuff like this is it gets you thinking, talking, and exposes what your priorities are. There isn’t a canonical list with a clear rank order. I mean, yeah, Principia is the bomb, but people can make a case for The…

Rotten in Denmark? You decide….

This NPR story about the anti-immigrant backlash in Denmark is pretty interesting. How you feel about it, well, that would depend on your perspective. I see no alternative to Danish “tough love” myself. A brown-skinned immigrant I am you say? Well yes, true that. But, aside from the non-trivial point that my loyalty lay with…

Robert Jordan is sick

When I was a kid, back in the day, I read up to book 6 of The Wheel of Time. It seemed that after book 3 the series went into an exponential decay of quality…and I couldn’t handle the flat female characters and I ditched in book 6. Well, turns out that he’s churned out…

Carl fisks Luskin

Check it, Carl Zimmer smacks down Casey Luskin. Hot dog.

Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, will be on Talk of the Nation today (Nov. 21st).

Wow, wow. Lots of chatter around the ScienceBlogs about religion and evolution, etc. etc. Ed Brayton starts it off, drawing a line in the sand against those with an “anti-theist agenda.” John Lynch tends to side with Ed. Our resident Ozzie, John Wilkins has been getting into it with Jason Rosenhouse. Josh at Thoughts from…

Blue eyes, why?

I don’t have time to comment in detail, but I thought I’d give readers a heads up, there is a preprint in The American Journal of Human Genetics which confirms that a few SNPs on one locus is responsible for 3/4 of the variation between blue and brown eyes in white populations. This locus, OCA2,…

Newsweek & Neandertals

Newsweek has a summation of the recent Neandertal papers. Nothing special, but a good reading of the public Zeitgeist.