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Archives for April, 2009

John Maddox, dead at 84

PZ is reporting that John Maddox – former editor of Nature – has died at the age of 84. Like PZ, I remember him for his review of Rupert Sheldrake‘s New Age garbage (“morphic resonance” *shudder*). As commentators over at Pharyngula also note, he was responsible for bringing James Randi on board to study the…

Adam Goldstein has a post over at the Evolution: Education & Outreach blog which discusses a forthcoming paper by Genie Scott and Glenn Branch (both of the NCSE). Scott & Branch follow Olivia Judson in calling for the abandonment of the imprecise term “Darwinism”. This is certainly something I support, having echoed the idea in…

Friday Felid #15

Andean mountain cat, Leopardus jacobitus Cornalia 1865. (source)

The Superorganism

I’m currently reading Hoelldobler & Wilson?s The Superorganism and just ran across this post by Alex Wild which claims that the whole section of The Superorganism devoted to the evolutionary history of ants is muddy, incoherent, and entirely at odds with the increasingly clear picture emerging from modern studies of ant relationships. Alex is inaugurating…

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Happy Paul Nelson Day!

Today we celebrate Paul Nelson Day in honor of the five year anniversary of his theory of “ontogenic depth” and a promised exposition that has never appeared. Methods of celebration vary – PZ has in the past suggested that we should make it a point to ask people “How do you know that?” today, and…

Guaranteed to enrage Michael Egnor

Most readers probably have heard of Michael Egnor, the DI’s pet neurosurgeon. Egnor has been harping on about what he perceives as the lack of utility of evolution – which he, of course, equates with “Darwinism” – in medicine since 2007, and various folks here have commented on what has been termed his “egnorance“. This…

Friday Felid #14

Kodkod or guiƱa, Leopardus guigna Molina 1782 (source)

Macho B [UPDATED]

A few weeks back, I updated you on the story of Macho B, the male jaguar that was captured in southeastern Arizona and subsequently euthanized due to apparent chronic kidney failure. The Arizona Republic is reporting that Sharon Dial, a pathologist at Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, is claiming that the euthanization was premature and that…