Monthly Archives: Oct 2020

Convergent evolution, or; how Nature loves to look at crabs

Convergent evolution is when different species evolve similar features independently. Carcinisation is a specific example of convergent evolution, where crustaceans have evolved into crab-like forms. This has happened at least 6 times; king crabs porcelain crabs the hairy stone crab … Continue reading

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Angående mundbind og alt hvad der skrives om dem pt

Læs ScienceBlog’s “Virker mundbind?” om hvorfor den undersøgelse der tales så meget om i medierne i øjeblikket har svært ved at blive publiseret og hvorfor den nok alligevel ikke kan sige ret meget. Jeg tror mundbind er relativt effektive til … Continue reading

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Weak identities

My heart goes to the French people. And: This is such a clear illustration of why you simply have to have principles and values that are universally applicable. You can justify *anything*, no matter how horrific, through appeals to wounded … Continue reading

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It’s the legs that are long

A giraffe has a very long neck, but it is in fact the legs that are the most elongated. Nevertheless, I had not seen how a giraffe eats grass, but it is clearly not the easiest thing to do:

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Every generation needs to find its own answers

This seems very obvious when you are the new generation, but its still true when you are the old. Our answers to the problems we faced may no longer be suitable and the new generations must find their own. My … Continue reading

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The soft bigotry of low expectations

If you don’t expect someone to perform well, you have low expectations of them. If you don’t expect disadvantaged people or minorities to meet the same standard of achievement as most people … and you then claim to do it … Continue reading

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Orgel’s Second Rule

Evolution is cleverer than you are— attributed to Leslie Orgel To quote from wikipedia, Orgel’s second rule tells us that the process of natural selection is not itself intelligent, clever or purposeful but that the products of evolution are ingenious. … Continue reading

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Sending a message

I often argue against protest votes, where one votes tactically, blank or invalid. But Clay Shirky wrote it better, back in 2016 when the last American presidential election was approaching: People who believe in protest votes do so because they … Continue reading

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Another thing about the COVID-19 vaccine

First of all, I believe that such a vaccine is possible; reports on immune responses in people afflicted by SARS was a good indicator, but I doubt we would have multiple vaccines in stage 3 if the previous stages didn’t … Continue reading

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This is deeply irresponsible

This headline is irresponsible – while technical correct, it is misleading and will undoubtedly lead to mistrust and, considering we are in a deadly pandemic, deaths: (via twitter and Reuters directly) If you read the article closely – and who … Continue reading

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