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Testicle Size in Parenting and Sexual Selection

Thanks goes to Laura Deming for pointing out another recent paper whose title, “Testicular volume is inversely correlated with nurturing-related brain activity in human fathers,” proved irresistible to PNAS, enabling them to overlook stunning intellectual flaws.  Problems include: Selection bias. Participants … Continue reading

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Fighting Climate Change by Killing Eagles

Why isn’t the wind industry subject to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act? By: Robert Bryce For some environmentalists, the threat of climate change is so great that we must allow wind turbines to kill bald and golden eagles. … Continue reading

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Sam is My Hero

Sam is a streamliner. Everyone knows who they are, although no one calls them that when the teachers are around. He’s one of the kids who wouldn’t be in the main high school if it weren’t for a special program. … Continue reading

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Science is Not Your Enemy

A labored defense of the practice of science – which we will define as scientism – was recently published under the title Science is Not Your Enemy by Stephen Pinker in New Republic magazine. A much more lighthearted approach by Tim Minchin … Continue reading

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Break a Sweat

Salt is one of the most ancient things of value to man, as a moment’s reflection on the origins of words – like salary (something worth working for) quickly brings to mind. Roman soldiers were paid in salt, not silver. … Continue reading

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A Trip to Lake Wobegon

A story inspired by Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion podcasts It was a hot, sunny afternoon in Lake Wobegon, late in the month of July, and the blueberries were ripening, turning that glorious shade of purple royal blue that only … Continue reading

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