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Write on sci & culture for pubs incl NY Times, NatGeo, Slate, PacificStand, Aeon, etal. Tweets mine, not theirs. Writing The Orchid & The Dandelion, eta 2015.

David Dobbs's Biography

David Dobbs writes features and essays for publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Slate, Wired.com, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. Several of his stories have been chosen for leading science anthologies; most recently, his much-discussed feature for the Atlantic, "The Orchid Children," was selected by Jerome Groopman for Ecco/HarperPerennial's Best American Science Writing 2010. He is now writing a book, working title ...

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Why humans are viral. Suicidal expulsion. Rock rocks race. Mutual aid. Why swim with sharks?

tinyletter.com — Why do humans get so many viruses? The map answers all. By Rob Dunn at Your Wild Life. Ebola is just one of more than two thousand species that afflict humans. In this, humans are special. The average primate is afflicted by just fifty pathogens and parasite species.

James Watson as genetic error

daviddobbs.net — Like all contemporary biologists, my career is largely based on his work. The medal? If I could afford it, I wouldn't want it. My field, human genetics, was founded by another racist, Francis Galton, who sought to demonstrate white British dominance over the colonies using biometrics.

Read 2: Trouble at Vassar, peace in Rwanda, success at the Strand. Plus Angela Merkel’s secret & how brains create agency.

daviddobbs.net — The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel. By George Packer at The New Yorker John Kornblum, a former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, who still lives in Berlin, said, "If you cross her, you end up dead. There's nothing cushy about her.

Oracles, Big Answers, & Pop Sci’s Neglect of Mystery

daviddobbs.net — Ta-Nahesi Coates, pondering the downfall of Jonah Lehrer, writes: [W]e now live in a world where counter-intuitive bullshitting is valorized, where the pose of argument is more important than the actual pursuit of truth, where clever answers take precedence over profound questions. We have no patience for mystery.

Same-sex marriage with kids, in Tanzania. Baby-killing mammals. Officers overboard. Bilateral brain bunkum. Dubliners turns 100.

tinyletter.com — In Tanzania, a tradition: same-sex female-female married-with-kids. By Florence Majani in the Mail & Guardian. In the Mara region, nyumba ntobhu allows older women to marry younger women in order to have children of their own and assist with the household chores. Women say nyumba ntobhu also helps them overcome problems of gender-based domestic violence.

Deaf man hears WIFI. SCOTUS off the leash. Contaminomics. A scoop only veteran reporters could get.

tinyletter.com — A man going deaf tunes his hearing aid to WIFI. Frank Swain at New Scientist. I am walking through my north London neighbourhood on an unseasonably warm day in late autumn. I can hear birds tweeting in the trees, traffic prowling the back roads, children playing in gardens and Wi-Fi leaching from their homes.

Is SCOTUS’s gambit to wreck healthcare unprecedented?

daviddobbs.net — Linda Greenhouse says it is - and that next to SCOTUS's decision to put Obamacare on the choppping block, Bush v. Gore was nothing. There was no urgency. There was no crisis of governance, not even a potential one.

Read Two: Philosophy of the pee-pee dance; fun failures.

daviddobbs.net — The Philosophical Implications of the Need to Pee. By Daniel Yudkin at Scientific American. What if I were to tell you, for instance, that belief in free will is negatively correlated with the desire to urinate? Those are the implications of a new study published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition by Michael Ent and Roy Baumeister.

Why it's time to lay the selfish gene to rest

aeon.co — A couple of years ago, at a massive conference of neuroscientists - 35,000 attendees, scores of sessions going at any given time - I wandered into a talk that I thought would be about consciousness but proved (wrong room) to be about grasshoppers and locusts.

Yaba-daba - my “Social Life of Genomes” story won a AAAS award.

daviddobbs.net — A good day (so far). The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) today announced that " The Social Life of Genes " (Pacific Standard, Sept/Oct 2013), my article on how the genome responds to social life, won the 2014 AAAS/Kavli Science Journalism Award for best magazine work in 2013 - a distinction I'm tickled to be honored with.
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Dec 18, 2014

@docfreeride @monicabyrne13 @aatishb @mjrobbins My feed shows you winning by a hair, Doc. Possibly bc he typed 2 more characters.

Dec 18, 2014

@monicabyrne13 @aatishb @mjrobbins @docfreeride Trick of asking on Twitter and getting it in 10 seconds works well too. Thank, AA & JS.

Dec 18, 2014

RT @monicabyrne13: ...I'm asking on behalf of a journalist who's writing a longform piece on the incident. Thank you. (2/2) @David_Dobbs @aatishb @mjrobbins

Dec 18, 2014

RT @monicabyrne13: Hi all: does anyone have a screenshot of Bora Zivkovic's "apology" blog entry on Coturnix, now deleted?...(1/2)

Dec 18, 2014

The Art of Deception: When Kindness is a Lure to Betrayal wp.me/p3Aigm-FP7

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