Gene Expression

Archives for February, 2009

Reader Survey Results

There are nearly 500 complete responses to the survey from last week. Here’s a CSV file of the results. Below the fold are the frequencies as well as N’s. I might report some trends in the data, but a lot of it is predictable. People who only read ScienceBlogs GNXP are way more liberal than…

10,000 Year Explosion & bloggingheads.tv

You can watch me talk to Greg Cochran about his book The 10,000 Year Explosion on bloggingheads.tv this weekend…. There’s something interesting about the front page of bloggingheads.tv right now.

The Ontology Of Voltron, not Transformers

Matt Yglesias says: There’s no denying that this is a pretty amusing poster. Still, it reminds me that I think the film engaged in a bit of revisionism when it portrayed the Autobots as humanoid-shaped robots capable of change into cars and trucks and so forth. My understanding from my childhood is that we should…

Estonians are not like Finns

Polish Genetics & Anthropology points out that the Estonian Genetics Project is reporting: The more than 25,000 blood samples collected already make it possible to conduct various background studies. For example, comparing the genetic data of Estonians with other European nations has revealed that Latvians, Lithuanians, Poles and some Russians are genetically much more similar…

Evolution was racist

I just got pointed to Confronting Evolution’s Racists Roots via my RSS. This is a common tactic. And it might work for unsophisticated people on the margins. Just like a tract like “Christianity’s racist past” would also sell. Or, “Socialism’s white supremacist heritage.” But intellectually it’s a rather low-brow tactic. The real question is: Is…

Chimpanzees are 2 X as strong as humans

So says John Hawks in Slate.

Shoot the bankers in the knees?

How bank bonuses let us all down: …Because banking is not about true risks but perceived volatility of returns: you earn a stream of steady bonuses for seven or eight years, then when the losses take place, you are not asked to disburse anything. You might even start again, after blaming a “systemic crisis” or…

A few days ago I mentioned that the story about a bumper crop of twins in a German town in southern Brazil was notable because of the elevated frequency of identical, not fraternal, twins. A reader points out that that was an error, and The New York Times has appended a correction: The Cândido Godói…

More Financial Morons

Mark Chu-Carroll has an excellent smack-down, Financial Morons, and Quadratics vs. Linears. Mark notes: There’s one minor problem with that argument: it doesn’t work. A couple of weeks ago, some idiot at JP Morgan circulated a chart that was supposed to summarize just how bad the financial disaster has been. The chart circulated for a…

Culture & cognition (and biology too)

Just a heads up, the old “AlphaPsy” weblog is now Cognition & Culture. One of the contributors is Dan Sperber, who I interviewed a few years ago.