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Thank You, Jenny McCarthy!

From the brilliant minds at ThankYouJennyMcCarthy.com. WTF, indeed. I got my vaccine, have you?

Dow Apologizes for Bhopal Disaster on BBC News

Here I am getting the H1N1 vaccine. With a four-month-old infant I am in the high-risk group that Health Canada recommends should receive an earlier dose as flu season kicks in. After all of the concern about debilitating side effects or even getting the virus from the vaccine (which would be impossible), I can report…

Live Organ Transplants

After posting my piece on the Anthropology of Organ Transplants I couldn’t resist posting Monty Python’s humorous take on the concept from their film The Meaning of Life. To see what happens next click here.

Reciprocity is an intrinsic feature of human beings as well as most species of ape. Chimpanzees and bonobos regularly engage in granting gifts of food and expect a return on their generosity (those who don’t reciprocate are less likely to receive such gifts in the future) (de Waal and Brosnan 2006). This “tit-for-tat” basis of…

As Jawaharlal Nehru wrote of his native land but as a stranger in the process of discovery, “India is a geographical and economic entity, a cultural unity amidst diversity, a bundle of contradictions held together by invisible threads.” These invisible threads were the spiritual beliefs of the people, the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita and the…

Whose Health Coverage Would Jesus Deny?

Answer: Everyone that couldn’t afford it, if his representatives are any indication. From People for the American Way: Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, on a recent conference call for anti-choice activists, sounded both those charges, calling reform legislation a “huge abortion industry bailout” as well as a “health care power grab by the federal…

“Keeping an open mind is a virtue, but, as the space engineer James Oberg once said, not so open that your brains fall out.” – Carl Sagan On Saturday Michael Shermer, founder of Skeptic magazine and author of numerous books including Why Darwin Matters, posted an “Open Letter to Bill Maher on Vaccinations”: Bill, your…

David Horsey / Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Potent Fear of Male Menopause

Three products that profit on male insecurities (Enzyte, Viagra and Tiger Penis Wine) Note: the third image is from a campaign to encourage people to stop, not an actual ad. In my earlier posts I explored why women experience menopause and discussed the Grandmother Hypothesis as a leading explanation. There is accumulating evidence that suggests…