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Researchers: Two-thirds of psychology papers should be distrusted?

Is the field full of “undead” theories? From Ross Pomeroy at RealClearScience: Science is embattled in a raging replication crisis, in which researchers are unable to reproduce a number of key findings. On the front lines of this conflict is psychology. In a 2015 review of 98 original psychology papers, just 36 percent of attempted […]

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Webinar: Paul Nelson on evolution as theory of transformation

From Jonathan McLatchie: Here is the recording of part 1 of Paul Nelson’s webinar series on “Evolution is a Theory of Transformation, Not Similarity.” More. He intends to schedule more webinars with Dr. Nelson. Nelson’s scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as Biology & Philosophy, Zygon, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Touchstone, and book […]

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Relax after work with the Drunken Monkey Hypothesis

From Nick Hines at VinePair, on why we like to drink alcohol: The theory was originally put forth by Robert Dudley, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, in a 2000 article called “Evolutionary origins of human alcoholism in primate frugivory.” The hypothesis proposes that apes and early humans evolved to […]

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Is calling the origin of life an “almost miracle” a creationist position?

One doesn’t use the word “miracle,” of course, but a friend pointed recently in passing to an older paper by Israeli philosopher of science Iris Fry, arguing that “near miracle” is a form of creationism: This paper calls attention to a philosophical presupposition, coined here “the continuity thesis” which underlies and unites the different, often […]

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Raven bone carving: Those Neanderthals evolved the fastest of any human group in history

They got smarter every time we noticed them again. From Sam Wong at New Scientist: A bone from a raven’s wing with seven regularly spaced notches carved into it is the strongest evidence yet that Neanderthals had an eye for aesthetics. Evidence that Neanderthals used pigments, buried objects alongside their dead, and collected bird feathers […]

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Consciousness: Organisms looked within and discovered they had selves?

Poetic. From Joshua Rothman at New Yorker: Four billion years ago, Earth was a lifeless place. Nothing struggled, thought, or wanted. Slowly, that changed. Seawater leached chemicals from rocks; near thermal vents, those chemicals jostled and combined. Some hit upon the trick of making copies of themselves that, in turn, made more copies. The replicating […]

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From the ivied halls: Attack on human “privilege” in relation to plant life

From William Nardi at The College Fix: The latest “privilege” identified within the hallowed halls of higher education appears to be human privilege. This year, the Modern Language Association of America has put out a call for papers on “critical plant studies,” seeking papers addressing the “vitality, agency, sentience, and/or emotional life of plants.” Critical […]

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Sponges back in the ring with comb jellies for “oldest” title fight

We are talking about events of over 600 million years ago. Could be blurry. From Amy Maxmen at Nature: For the better part of the past century, zoologists arranged these branches according to their judgements of what was simple and what was complex. Sponges fell to the bottom branch, and bilaterally symmetrical animals resided higher […]

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Let’s hope the term “fake research” doesn’t catch on

In place of “research misconduct.” From Helen Briggs at BBC News: The scale of “fake research” in the UK appears to have been underestimated, a BBC investigation suggests. Official data points to about 30 allegations of research misconduct between 2012 and 2015. However, figures obtained by the BBC under Freedom of Information rules identified hundreds […]