Language Evolves in R, not Python: An apology. Open science is good.
Are Twin Studies “Pretty Much Useless”? One interesting, but unsurprising, aspect of the response to execrable Brian Palmer piece is that several of us in the blogosphere pointed out pretty much the same set of well known findings to refute his weird charges. This isn’t rocket science.
Romney vs. Perry: It’s personal. ‘“I think he had a few exasperating experiences with Perry, and he’s not alone in that,” said one source close to Romney. “I think Mitt thinks Perry is not that bright.”’
Genome-wide association study in individuals of South Asian ancestry identifies six new type 2 diabetes susceptibility loci. Probably a good idea to study diabetes in the most numerous hper-diabetic population in the world.
North Korea: The Long Coma. I have said many a time that North Korea is the best modern representation of a pre-modern divine monarchy.
Men Are From Mars, Women Like Kindles. I think we need vouchers for males to close the “Kindle gap.”
Working for GiveWell. Holden is a very cool guy, for what it’s worth.
Phylogenetic rate shifts in feeding time during the evolution of Homo. Bigger brains and smaller teeth?
Will a Jurassic placental mammal make the molecular clock make sense? Looks like another win for some geneticists (Richard Dawkins alludes to this debate in The Ancestor’s Tale and basically predicted that fossils would probably show up at some point).
As Farmers’ Markets Go Mainstream, Some Fear a Glut. A “glut” is good for consumers. Were that there was an oil glut!
There’s Room for More G.O.P. Candidates. I’d normally call bullshit, but Nate Silver warrants consideration.
The Righteous Mind. I like Jonathan Haidt’s models, but they often strike as too superficially plausible.
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. Halfway through this book. Buy it! It is excellent.