Archives for July 20, 2011

For now. When it comes down to it, benevolent dictatorship resting on a perfectly anarchistic base is the only way to go. Democracy is too easily bought. Free Market Forces do not make everything all nice and efficient and stuff. Wherever information can be OpenSource and OpenAccess it should be; No institution should be allowed…

Gregor Mendel is the Augustinian Monk and Scientist who developed the model of genetics that held sway all the way through the Darwinian Synthesis (when, essentially, it was introduced and integrated) and right up until recently, when it has weakened considerably compared to other conceptions of genetics based on observations not possible in his time.…

They won’t let Pluto be a planet but it still bears the responsibility of having moons, and until just now there were three known moons of the tiny non-planet, named Hydra, Charon and Nix. Now there are four, and the fourth one is called Essslashtwoohoneonepeeone. They are working on another name. Bad Astronomer has details…

Uncanny Valley

I’ve spoken about Uncanny Valley before. Here’s a little write-up from Wired Science on some related brain research.

I am so happy Al is my Senator.

People are screaming at me over on ERV blog about not making a formal announcement that Richard Dawkins is god-like because he’s donated a bunch of foundation money to a child care project. That’s wonderful that he did that, but I’m not a member of JREF, was not at TAM, do not get newsletters from…

ERV

Scienceblogs Abbie Smith (ERV) will be the guest on this weeks Skeptically Speaking: Skeptically Speaking #122 HIV and AIDS This week, we’re joined by graduate student and Scienceblogs writer Abbie Smith, to learn about the latest research on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. How does HIV cause AIDS? What are the latest treatments? How close are…