Prospects For Existence : Morality and Genetic Engineering

“Let us understand, once for all, that the ethical progress of society depends, not on imitating the cosmic process, still less in running away from it, but in combating it.” — Thomas Henry Huxley, Evolution ...

Reading and Doing Medical Research

Twenty-nine years as an editor of a medical journal has given me an insider’s view of how research papers get processed … and its not always a pretty picture. Despite the Peer Review Process – ...

How Media Fear-Mongers Misrepresent COVID-19

Accentuating the negative and eliminating the positive leads to irrational and ineffective responses. Today, like yesterday and tomorrow, news outlets will announce the number of new COVID-19 cases. “Cases,” in this case, will be the ...

Cancer might be a failed response to renegade mitochondria

Given a hundred to a thousand mitochondria per cell, each with prokaryotic ‘naked’ DNA that is highly susceptible to muta- tion without repair (see Penta et al., 2001; Verschoor, 2013 for review), cells containing both ...

How Brain Shutdown Explains Core Support for Trump and Clinton

We’ve evolved a capacity to circumvent rational and independent thinking to maintain social bonds, which explains core support for Trump and Clinton. What a choice! More than 150 million natural-born citizens old enough to be President of ...

Eusocial Coprophagous Diploids – Who is Reproducing?

Troyer (1984) has put forth the insightful hypothesis that sociality among herbivores who digest plant structural tissue has been given impetus by the close contact required to exchange obligate gut symbionts. This article appeared in ...

The Message of Evolution

Did you ever imagine that everything stops existing when you close your eyes … and is recreated just as you open them? It helps to be about 3 years old and stuck on a bench ...

Deceiving Down : Conjectures on the Management of Subordinate Status

From:Self-Deception: An Adaptive MechanismJoan S. Lockard and Delroy L. Paulhus, Eds.Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1988. I am grateful to the late Erving Goffman for encouragement, advice, and inspiration. MAKING THE FOOT FIT THE SHOE ...

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