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Jennifer Raff
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Jennifer Raff is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas, with a joint Ph.D. in genetics and anthropology. She has published numerous scientific articles on population genetics, ancient DNA, and Native American prehistory, and conducts ongoing research in anthropological genetics, particularly the peopling of the Americas, and Midwestern and Arctic prehistory.

Jennifer has a keen interest in improving public science literacy, and writes about pseudoscience and other controversial topics on her blog violentmetaphors.com, where she hosts lively, science-friendly discussions. She is an avid martial artist and former Golden Gloves boxer, currently focusing on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. Jennifer tweets about science, absurdity, and combat sports at @jenniferraff.

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How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide for Non-Scientists

(11) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 7:48 PM

To form a truly educated opinion on a scientific subject, you need to become familiar with current research in that field. And to be able to distinguish between good and bad interpretations of research, you have to be willing and able to read the primary research literature for yourself. Reading...

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Nicholas Wade and Race: Building a Scientific Façade

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 3:45 PM

"...for he has no right to give names to objects which he cannot define."
--Charles Darwin

Do "races" exist as meaningful biological categories? Physical anthropologists and human biologists have been studying race (e.g., blacks vs. whites, or Europeans vs. Asians) for centuries. For most of that time, they subscribed...

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Queridos pais, tem gente mentindo para vocês sobre as vacinas

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Diante dos recentes surtos de sarampo e outras doenças que poderiam ser evitadas com vacinas, e da recusa dos adversários das vacinas a reconhecer o problema, achei que estava mais que na hora de publicar isto.

Queridos pais,

Estão mentindo para vocês. As pessoas que...

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Queridos padres: os están mintiendo con las vacunas

(41) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 7:49 AM

A raíz de los últimos brotes de sarampión y otras enfermedades que se pueden prevenir con vacunas, y ante la actitud de los detractores de la vacunación, que se niegan a reconocer el problema, creo que ha llegado el momento de escribir este post.


Queridos padres:

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Dear Parents, You Are Being Lied To

(974) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:16 PM

In light of recent outbreaks of measles and other vaccine preventable illnesses, and the refusal of anti-vaccination advocates to acknowledge the problem, I thought it was past time for this post.

Dear parents,

You are being lied to. The people who claim to be acting in...

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