Archive for August, 2005

Justifying their Existence – The Humanities

Remember those Glory Days when you were a young graduate student and thought that you were going to light the world of academia on fire? The days when you felt you were Living On The Edge Of The World. Now that you’re a professor, the reality of life in the Academy is far different from […]

Human evolution book and the chimp genome

Carl Zimmer has a new book coming out in November on human evolution. Carl also has a magisterial post up on the recent completion of a draft of the chimpanzee genome (a paper is due to go up on the Nature website at some point). You can connect the dots on why this important, but […]

What Copernican Revolution?

There is an article out that profiles a researcher who studies public knowledge of science and technology. I thought this quote was a typo or misrepresentation, “One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth.” But I found the original paper and here is what it says: …only half of US adults […]

Derb on Darwin

John Derbyshire’s latest column rips into Intelligent Design. I’ve been pretty heartened by Derb’s uncompromising adherence to the scientific consensus. But honestly I’m a bit surprised. This is from Derb’s column Confessions of a Metrocon, written 2 years ago: …it’ll be the legions of real, authentic conservatives out there in the provinces. God bless them […]

Muddy sources….

Trying not to be a hypocrite1 I am reading the Koran front to back in a couple of translations. I got my first mildly annotated one a few days ago, Majid Fakhry’s An Interpretation of the Qur’an. The cover states that it is “endorsed by Al-Azhar,” the quasi-Rome of Sunni Islam. But within the first […]

Must know this graph….

This graph better be known to you.

F’n Education

There have been many posting here on Colleges of Education, and the Education profession in general. I think this may take the cake as one of the most asinine and psychologically bankrupt1 educational policies I have ever come across. A sneak preview one school in the town of Wellingborough is allowing pupils to swear at […]

Echoes of distant Kaifeng

From Melvin Konner’s Unsettled – An Anthropology of the Jews: …In 1489, carved in stone, we have, “Althought there are some minor discrepancies between Confucian doctrine and our own…both are exclusively concerned with honoring the Way of Heaven, venerating ancestors, valuing the relations of ruler and subject, obedience to parents, harmony with families, correct ordering […]

Must ask about Alexa….

OK, first, check out the similar pages to GNXP over at Google. There are no great surprises, really popular blogs like Marginal Revolution show up, blogs we have a long-standing relationshp with, like Steve Sailer are also on the list, and topically related ones like Carl Zimmer make the cut. What I want to ask […]

The Use of Racial, Ethnic, and Ancestral Categories in Human Genetics Research

The Use of Racial, Ethnic, and Ancestral Categories in Human Genetics Research. You can find the PDF in gnxp files in the forum (I’m not trying to make you register, but I am noticing that google is sending a lot of people to the few PDFs I’m saving on our servers and they obviously don’t […]

Where the action is (will be)

The No Speed Bumps weblog is where you want to go if you want to see action relating to the Charles Murray’s article. Inbound links from Atrios and Andrew Sullivan has resulted in a second order traffic spike to this site because No Speed Bumps linked to our summary in their summary.

Race Preferences for Medical Practice

Back in December ’04 UCLA Law Professor Richard Sanders published A Systemic Analysis of Affirmative Action in American Law Schools in the Stanford Law Review which detailed the costs to African-American students of being recipients of Affirmative Action (see here and here for the Cliff Notes versions.) As you can imagine this set off a […]

Units of selection (and more)

Elizabeth Lloyd, of the female orgasm controversy, has several interesting papers and book chapters available for download. I plan to read Units and Levels of Selection: An Anatomy of the Units of Selection Debates first.

Tales of chromosomes

Carl has a nice post up on chromosomal changes on the heels of an article he wrote on the topic recently. He references two papers, one comparing the macaque and human genomes, and another that compares various mammalian orders. I have previously pointed to a paper (you can read the full text at the link) […]

Intergroup violence

PNAS finally posted the paper The evolution of lethal intergroup violence (previously discussed).1 I’ve uploaded the PDF in the files section of the gnxp forum as “intergroupviolence” for readers who are interested (you might have to register to view files). 1 – It is rather annoying that webmasters are often days late posting papers that […]

What Americans believe about religion (sort of)

Newsweek and Beliefnet conducted a poll in early August and the results are in. There’s a lot of data to digest, and I think it is important to understand how Americans view their own religion since there are so many analogies we use and comparisons we make assuming the character of American religion as a […]

Robert Trivers profile….

The Guardian has a profile of Robert Trivers up. Via Crooked Timber

Beyond MC1R

I finally read Heather Norton’s review of worldwide MC1R polymorphism. In case you forgot MC1R is a locus that has been implicated in the expression of pigment in human beings, and mutations on it are often correlated with the various phenotypes we see around us (red hair, light skin, etc. etc.). The major take home […]

Kapu: Charles Murray on Race, Sex, and Intelligence

I’m off the computer until this evening, but Commentary has Charles Murray’s September issue article The Inequality Taboo up on their website now, available for reading. Update from Dobeln: The most interesting thing about this essay is not the text itself – it’s a wrap-up, with no new revelations. Rather, it’s the fact that it […]

Conditional response….

HUMAN SEXUAL DIMORPHISM IN SIZE MAY BE TRIGGERED BY ENVIRONMENTAL CUES: Evolutionary biologists mostly assume that polygyny increases sexual dimorphism in size because, under polygyny, larger males monopolize mating opportunities and pass on their ‘large male’ genes to their sons. Available data on parent–child correlations in height among humans (Homo sapiens) do not support the […]