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Neil deGrasse Tyson gets epigenetics completely wrong

Oy! Neil deGrasse Tyson can be as misleading as Siddhartha Mukherjee when it comes to epigenetics. Here’s a video from NOVA Science (2012) showing Tyson stating—completely erroneously—that epigenetic phenomena, like gene methylation and histone alterations, are the important factor controlling the expression of genes. As he says, they constitute “a second genome: the epigenome.” As we’ve seen over […]

Dog bites man story: Dawkins refuses to pray

Is this a surprise to anyone other than the Privileged Editors at PuffHo? (Click the screenshot to go to the article—if you must). At least most of the comments are on the secular side, e.g.,:

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Nones

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “slow2” came with a note that “This is a new version of a 10-year-old joke, with script brought up to date and a technical issue fixed.” The up-to-date bit involves the report, which I discussed yesterday, that England and Wales now have more “nones” than Christians. The “nones” in […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Everyone loves mimicry (well, don’t you?), so we can all appreciate the photos sent by Tony Eales from Australia (his captions indented). Mimicry is not only an outstanding example of how well natural selection can mold the shape (and behavior and pheromones) of unrelated species, but also served as some of the first evidence for […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

It is Wednesday, May 25, and perhaps the rains predicted for today won’t materialize, with a chance of rain of only 15% and a high temperature of 25ºC (77ºC). On this day in 1878, the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta H.M.S. Pinafore opened in London. In 1895, Oscar Wilde was convicted of  “committing acts of gross indecency […]

You won’t believe how much food this hamster can store!

This cute video is also scientifically interesting, as it shows an X-ray of a nomming hamster, and the extent of those cheek pouches. The Daily Mirror gives its source: X-ray footage of a hamster stuffing its cheeks has revealed how the animal’s food pouches extend all the way to its hips! The film – shot by the […]

Is “privilege” like Original Sin?

I direct your attention to a short piece on Allthink by James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian: “Privilege: The Left’s Original Sin“.  Their thesis is cute, and makes some sense: the Authoritarian Left’s notion of “privilege”, which establishes a hierarchy of victimhood, is analogous to religion’s Original Sin. You can read it in 5 minutes, but […]

Do chimps grieve?

Over on the BBC website, there’s a piece and a video (click on screenshot below) that raises the provocative question of “Do chimps grieve?”  What you see in the 5-minute clip (apparently an excerpt from a 20-minute clip) is the reactions of groupmates to the death from pneumonia of a nine-year-old chimp, Thomas, in a reserve […]

England and Wales are now predominantly nonreligious

There’s a new survey out about the religiosity of England and Wales, and although the Guardian report on it doesn’t link to the original study, it does give the salient results, which are these: The secularization of Britain is very rapid, to the point where most of England and Wales consists of people who say […]

AAAS refuses to consider population growth as a cause of environmental degradation, and promotes Catholic point of view

I’ve had my worries about the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), especially its cozying up to religion. They’ve collaborated with Templeton in funding an accommodationist program, the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSer), and have engaged in other religion-coddling activities unseemly for a secular science organization (see, for instance, here, here, here, and […]

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