Pharyngula

PZ Myers

But that’s not how science works!

There will be an interesting meeting in London next fall,

This is a new one: an octopus farm. Kanaloa Octopus Farm is open for business — for $200, you can get your very own pet octopus. Unfortunately, they’re caught in a chicken-and-egg problem. You should not encourage the capture of cephalopods in the wild, so it’s a great idea to have a breeding program to…

A few days ago, David Bowie died of cancer. This morning I learned that the actor Alan Rickman has died of cancer. You all know the rule of threes, right? It has been satisfied, because in his state of the union address Barack Obama announced that he was going to kill American biological research, with…

That’s not a thesis, it’s a junkheap

Well, cool. You can download Judy Wilyman’s anti-vaccination thesis from the University of Wollongong and read it yourself. So click, click, wait a second, and… YAAAARGH! My eyes! I thought the social sciences side of the academic world would possibly have higher standards for writing than the science side, but no…it’s awful. This should have…

My last post on Perry Marshall

Once more unto the breach in Perry Marshall’s cranium, dear friends. He is once again trying to claim that he alone has the one true understanding of Barbara McClintock’s work, and he keeps getting it wrong. It’s just embarrassing to watch. He makes obvious statements like this: Damage is random. Repair is not. Well, duh.…

I’ve been informed that I’ve been at war for a while. I was surprised. Apparently, Perry Marshall thinks he’s been firing salvo after salvo at me…I just hadn’t noticed. My blog war with @pzmyers continues: https://t.co/dgjMeNvGRg — Evolution 2.0 (@cfingerprints) January 9, 2016 Oh, OK. I would just ignore him, but he’s presenting some fascinatingly…

Probably. Every four years, ScienceDebate.org comes along to suggest that the presidential candidates ought to have a debate about the science issues that confront us. It’s a good idea, I think. I’d like it to happen. On the plus side, watching Republicans poop the bed over and over again would be vastly entertaining. Just recently,…

Friday Cephalopod: Baby done growed up

Don’t you just love those photo series of the young’uns at different ages? Shigeno et al. Zoological Letters (2015) 1:26

A tale of three arms

Once upon a time, deep in the Precambrian, this was the planet of worms. Well, actually, this was, is, and always will be the planet of bacteria, but if you filter your perspective to just organisms above a particular size, and if you’re an animal writing about it in the modern day with a chauvinistic…

Perry Marshall 2.0

This is weird. Perry Marshall has posted a complete transcript of our discussion on Unbelievable on his website. That’s actually useful, since most of us can read faster than someone else can talk. What’s weird is that he’s annotated it with his rebuttals, after the fact. It’s like — and this has happened to me…