The Primate Diaries

After nearly a year on the road I’m pleased to announce that The Primate Diaries now has a permanent home at the new Scientific American blog network. I would like to thank everyone who supported my work here and during my “exile.” I look forward to the continuing conversation at my new home. Please update…

The Primate Diaries in Exile

Thanks to support from readers and fellow bloggers I’m pleased to say that The Primate Diaries has taken the show on tour. You can update your RSS feed here or follow the #PDEx hashtag on Twitter.

Good-bye ScienceBlogs, and Thank You

Three years ago I didn’t even know what science blogging was. Frustrated as a freelance writer, I typed “science blog” into my search engine and was thrilled when this network showed up first on the list. Here was a community of researchers and writers whose love of learning and the sharing of knowledge was communicated…

Pepsi Has Been Defeated

In what was probably the worst idea since Crystal Pepsi, the corporate sponsored advertiblog has met an early and decisive end. The announcement was made this morning: We have removed Food Frontiers from SB. We apologize for what some of you viewed as a violation of your immense trust in ScienceBlogs. Although we (and many…

Hiatus

I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the time being because I said I would. Follow me on twitter or facebook to keep tabs on what I’m up to. For more on this see here, here, and related issues here. But I’m sure everything is different now.

At ScienceBlogs we value our independence. Just consider the recent posts over the laughable PepsiCo nutrition blog to see how seriously people take this. But one thing that would never happen is for anything we write to be edited without our consent. As I wrote yesterday, I am disappointed in the Huffington Post’s decision to…

My response to David Klinghoffer’s piece in the Huffington Post has just been published: Creationists are fond of laying the blame for Nazi eugenics on Charles Darwin. They insist that his materialist argument that humans evolved from animals and his conception of natural selection inspired the Nazis to implement a widespread policy of artificial selection…

Darwin and Hitler, Again?

Image: via PZ Myers PZ Myers has a new post condemning Discovery Institute ideologue David Klinghoffer’s recent post connecting Darwin to the eugenic policies of Hitler. He trots out some of the same points that have been refuted time and again. Darwin elaborated a picture of how the world works, how creatures war with each…

The latest issue of the journal Science has an essay by Greg Miller looking at the explosion of research into epigenetics and what this work could suggest about human society. In 2004, Szyf and Meaney published a paper in Nature Neuroscience that helped launch the behavioral epigenetics revolution. It remains one of the most cited…

As I highlighted in my previous post, evolution works on zombies just like any other organism, the main difference is that they reproduce like cells rather than like animals. Darwin’s discovery that zombies pass on hereditary material in their bites, and that this has resulted in natural selection, helps to explain the diversity of zombies…