Monthly Archives: October 2014

Some fortnights of links – 20141028

Science’s sexual assault problem – A. Hope Jahren in the NYT.

Study: Male scientists want to be involved dads, but few are – Brigid Schulte in the Washington Post.

Cooperation is what makes us human – Kat McGowan at Nautilus. This is mostly a profile of Michael Tomasello and his work.

Economy such complex, culture much simple – Kerim Friedman at the Savage Minds Blog on the assumption that economic explanations must be complicated, but cultural explanations must be simple.

How common myths about the human brain can be dangerous – Neurobonkers.

Confirmationist and falsificationist paradigms of science – Andrew Gelman.

Spider group selection – Charles Goodnight at the Evolution in Structured Populations blog.

An exotic intestinal infusion – John Hawks weblog. An anecdote to the notion that modern day hunter gatherers = ancient hunter gatherers = a natural state of man = good for you.

Planning to sprawl – Erica Schoenberger. “I’ve been teaching undergraduates for a while now, various takes on the general theme of the environment and society.  Here are some things I’ve noticed. The students often believe that they have discovered the environment and all the bad things we are doing in it…”

It’s natural to fear a connection between vaccines and autism – The Chimerical Capuchin. A view by a primatologist who has a child diagnosed with autism.

Some quick disorganized tips on classroom teaching – Andrew Gelman.

Entertaining (in that internet sorta way):

Your Inner Fish – Outstanding PBS documentary with Neil Shubin that you can watch online.

A knight is technically an aristocrat – David Malki at Wondermark.

The peculiar journey of “orange” – Ben Zimmer. Which came first the name of the fruit or the name of the color?

The Middle East friendship chart – at Slate.

Old World Language Families – a cool graphic at the Stand Still Stay Silent comic .

What sci-fi movies get right and wrong about time travel – Roxanne Palmer and Julie Rossman in Slate.  For years 12 Monkeys was my favorite movie, because its time travel was consistent with the, er, Self-Consistency Principle.  I think good time travel movies are either that or Primer – everything just gets really confusing.  See also Fritz Lieber’s 1958 novel The Big Time.

Kutiman’s Thru You Too video album.