In a recent blog post, University of Minnesota biology post-doc Jeremy Yoder takes a hatchet to my campaign to promote "Don't Sleep With Mean People" as the new Golden Rule of sex. He dismisses the concept as "inane pseudo-scientific claptrap."
The Nobel Prize is awarded in three science categories: physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine. In 2012 each science prize was shared by a pair of researchers. Among this year's six laureates in these categories is the usual number of women: zero.
She deftly manages not to dismiss, for instance, evolution or astrophysics altogether, but she doesn't find that they have as much relevance to her daily life as the Bible. To her, there is an opposition between the poetry of religion and the coldness of science, and given the choice she chooses the former.
Darwin's theory is not the end of evolutionary biology. That's like saying Newton developing calculus was the end-point of mathematics. If we still ran strictly by Darwin's conception of evolution, biology would be pretty different, and far less fruitful, than it is today.
Like the Golden Rule, "Don't Sleep With Mean People" is easier to embrace in principle than in practice, but also like the Golden Rule it can make a difference even if you fall short of perfection.
Don't sleep with narcissists, manipulators or psychopaths. Great advice we wish our mother had given us when we were young. And yet there is no denying the lust-inducing appeal of the right level of badness.
When we ask such a question or "Do animals have souls?" what are we are really saying? We are revealing a deeper existential and theological question about how human beings relate to other living creatures.
The Lions Club Beer Can Regatta is an annual boat race organized by a local division of Australian community service organization the Lions Club to raise funds for local aid ventures SIDS for Kids, Life Education, and Victims of Crime.
The Supreme Court's decision to strike the Defense of Marriage Act not only reflects progress towards equality, but also the great polarization of American society over gay rights.
In Part I of my story about my grandfather, John Davey, I mentioned that he has been recognized as a genius. What do I mean by "genius"?
Few persons are willing to endure what Darwin endured for the sake of an unpopular idea whose time has come. For 20 years Darwin sat on the theory of evolution, procrastinating to postpone the controversy.
What if we're all missing out on so much there is between us based on what we think, or want to see instead of what's really there?
If someone asked me 13 years ago, if 'mindfulness matters' I would have said a resounding no, and then rolled my eyes at them for their 'new age' thin...
How long is it since you sat quietly and pondered Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, and what it means for your business and your life? If you're anything like me, I know the answer -- too long!
We biologists tend to forget that talk about sperm competition and cunnilingus-assisted orgasm induces many folks to squirm. It isn't the squirm factor here that gets my goat.
Browne-like, I wonder what a Leakey 200,000 years hence -- quite likely on present trends of the family's dedication to this field -- might deduce from our remains. And what might they miss? What could they never know?