Edge really mixes it up this year. Instead of “who’s science do you like” it is “who’s science do you not like” or “please knock around your favorite strawman.”
While this question encourages combativeness, what I like about what Edge does, is that it gets everyone’s often-hidden biases and beliefs out on the table (and in writing). These are types of beliefs that come out in conversation or at a conference presentation, but are often obscured in professional publications by careful constructed collegiality and jargon.
Many of the 174 responses have to do with the normal topics of this blog: evolution and social evolution, especially of humans. Here are a subset of that subset . Most have to do with sussing out the relative contributions to behavior of genes, environment, culture, maternal effects, epigenetics… I agree to these to various extents. There are at least two that I just don’t understand, even after a few re-readings. But I include them anyway to contrast with the others.
Grouped roughly by topic:
Martin Nowak – Inclusive Fitness
* – Look for a future post on this one.