The “scientific method” still works, if we give it a chance

In its article "The Truth Wears Off," the New Yorker reveals to the lay reader some of the many ways in which scientific results are biased, all of which should be obvious to scientists. These biases do not mean that science itself is flawed or in crisis. Indeed, the article demonstrates that science works as it should.

When will sociologists learn some sociobiology?

Why would any biological scientist possibly be surprised that a one-year-old baby understands some of the rules governing society?

Cool bugs #10 – Fruit fly parasites

Leptopilina is a genus of parasitic wasps which eat fruit fly larvae from the inside out.

Cool Bugs #9 – Acacia ants

Acacias and acacia ants are one of the best examples of plant-animal coevolution that you can find.

One parrot a career makes

On the legacy of Alex the parrot and his human organ grinder.

Mathematics, rules, and sociality

Human brains are pre-adapted to do mathematics, and to make rules that apply to everything we do—but only because we happen to be a social species.

Cool Bugs #8 – Carnivorous Hawaiian caterpillars

Hawaiian carnivorous caterpillars are the only known sit-and-wait predatory caterpillars.

Cool Bugs #5 – Belostomatidae

Giant water bugs have a trait that is rare in insects, let alone any other animals: the father takes care of the young.

More on the western “drought”

Whether the western "drought" is a new phenomenon or a reversion back to the way things were, it is likely here to stay.

Morality is not a human construct

Morality is not all about humans; it exists in any social species.

Cool Bugs #3 – Fly wasp mimics

A host of different fly species do their best to pretend that they are wasps.

Atheism: The Next Evolutionary Step

What does religion tell us about evolution?

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