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    Evolution Is Really Not That Into Sex

    Plants and animals have reproduced without sex for eons. So why did nature bother?

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    Yes, Determinists, There Is Free Will

    You make choices even if your atoms don’t.

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    The English Word That Hasn’t Changed in Sound or Meaning in 8,000 Years

    The word lox was one of the clues that eventually led linguists to discover who the Proto-Indo-Europeans were, and where they lived.Photograph by Helen Cook / Flickr One of my favorite words is lox,” says Gregory Guy, a professor of linguistics at New York University. There is hardly a more quintessential New York food than […]

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    Dark Matter Gets a Reprieve in New Analysis

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog. The galactic center shines too brightly, like the glow of a metropolis at night where maps show only a town. To mend their cosmic cartography, astrophysicists have spent years debating what could be powering this excess of energetic light. In 2015 the arguments appeared to swing decisively […]

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    Are Animal Experiments Justified?

    A neuroscientist confronts his anguish over experimenting on animals.

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    The “Emodiversity” of Star Wars

    What the hyper-rational Vulcan Spock represents, psychologist Igor Grossman said, is “uniform emotional down-regulation,” whereas the hallmark of Yoda’s judgment style is his ability to “recognize and balance a wide range of emotions”—a key aspect of wisdom.Star Wars / YouTube This past “Star Wars Day,” May 4, I watched some of the original trilogy a […]

  • Marcus_HERO

    Human Exceptionalism Stifles Progress

    The aversion to playing God is not just about God.

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    Only Street Dogs Are Real Dogs

    Purebreds don’t satisfy the biological definition of a species.

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    The Philosopher Who Says We Should Play God

    Why ethical objections to interfering with nature are too late.

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    The Thrill of Defeat

    What Francis Crick and Sydney Brenner taught me about being scooped.