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Archives for May, 2008

Pizzly shot

A few weeks ago I mentioned that there is some debate as to the taxonomy of the Polar Bear; specifically, as to whether it was simply a clade of the Brown Bear species. Interesting, I note that today a Polar Bear-Grizzly hybrid was shot in Canada: There have long been stories of oddly coloured bears…

Educational levels & denomination

The post below where I show that belief in the literal truth of the Biblical tends to correlate well with IQ scores from the General Social Survey on a denominational scale is getting a lot of response; enough of it is of low quality that I’ll close the comment thread soon enough. As I observed…

Update II: Many links into this entry are labeling this a “study.” It wasn’t a study, I literally took 10 minutes before I went to sleep to collect the data and produce the chart. The data on literal interpretation of the Bible is from a book which you can read via Google. The IQ scores…

The Phoenix has landed

As you probably know, the Phoenix has landed on Mars. No problems so far. I assume the best place to track the data as it comes back is the NASA mission page for Phoenix. Here are the mission goals: –Determine whether Life ever arose on Mars –Characterize the Climate of Mars –Characterize the Geology of…

PZ Myers & John Wilkins for this week’s Science Saturday

Gender gap in politics

One of the truisms of American politics for the past generation has been the “gender gap” whereby women tend to lean toward the Democrats and men toward the Republicans. This gap has become part of the background assumptions of American political commentary to the point that right-wing polemicist Ann Coulter has proposed restricting the vote…

Katz

A few years ago a poll came out, Religious Views and Beliefs Vary Greatly by Country, According to the Latest Financial Times/Harris Poll. My title is a bit misleading insofar as the survey compared several European countries as well as the United States. Below the fold I’ve placed a few of the tables which I…

Fear of a white planet

One of the main facts about American life is hypodescent, “the practice of determining the lineage of a child of mixed-race ancestry by assigning the child the race of his or her more socially subordinate parent.” Barack Obama & the Kenyan politician Raila Odinga (who, probably falsely, claims to be Obama’s first cousin) are both…

Notes on Sewall Wright: Wright’s F-statistics: A preliminary question is one of terminology. What, if anything, does the letter ‘F’ stand for? One plausible answer is that it stands for ‘fixation’, since among other things the F-statistics can be used to measure the rate at which alleles tend to be ‘fixed’. Wright himself in his…