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Heritability and why Parents (but not Parenting) Matter

quillette.com — "...Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle." - Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Like Alice, we've all pondered the question: "who am I?" Moreover, we often couple it with the reasonable companion query: "how did I get to be this way."
Jan 21, 2016

Ending a genomics article with a Paul Simon quote seems wrong. fb.me/58G8UdE62

Jan 24, 2016

RT @sapinker: Why Parents (but not Parenting) Matter | Witty & smart piece by Brian Boutwell & Razib Khan. quillette.com/2016/01/19/her… via @Qui…

Religion determines politics for Asian Americans

blogs.discovermagazine.com — I was at ASHG this week, so I've followed reactions to the election passively. But one thing I've seen is repeated commentary on the fact that Asian Americans have swung toward the Democrats over the past generation. The thing that pisses me off is that there is a very obvious low-hanging fruit sort of explanation ...
Nov 04, 2015

@Edsall blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2012/11/r… % of asians who are not christian gone way up since 1990. repubs also more xtian salient identity

Distribution of a religious meme

gnxp.com — This whole conversion story in Afghanistan has been in the news recently. The Christian Science Monitor attempts to put the issue of conversion from Islam to another religion in an international perspective.
Sep 28, 2015

@williamcmay @sdgblu4ever @Qafzeh anway, here's a post gnxp.com/new/2006/03/26… by me 9 years old have to opt-out of conversation cuz work

How to use the General Social Survey

blogs.discovermagazine.com — I few years ago I complained that no one was using the General Social Survey web interface for blogging, a practice which probably can be traced back to the Inductivist (yes, social scientists use the GSS constantly, but they use it to publish papers, not blog posts).
Aug 25, 2015

@aronro @jessesingal @nk here's an old post: blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2011/08/h… you can pull stata data into R as well and play with it there

Rumors of the death of consumer genomics are greatly exaggerated

genomebiology.com — The idea of computation is not new. Gottfried Leibniz in the 17th century had already outlined its basic elements in a formal sense [ 1], though one could argue that various mechanical calculating devices in Classical Antiquity and in Imperial China prefigured the difference engines of later ages [ 2].

Dolezal's delusion: Column

usatoday.com — Contrary to much of the racial identity debate, race is far from a social construct. The saga of Rachel Dolezal, who recently resigned as president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP after it was revealed that she was dishonest about her racial identity, sparked yet another national debate on issues of race in America, until it was eclipsed by events in Charleston.
Jun 28, 2015

RT @HankCampbell: .@razibkhan and @AlexBerezow deconstruct 'race is just a social construct' in USA Today: usatoday.com/story/opinion/… Sickle cell anemia disagrees

Jun 29, 2015

Dolezal's delusion: Sure race is socially constructed, but race is cold hard science, too usat.ly/1NpZQst via @USATopinion #tcot #p2

The Religious Right’s Blank Slate Fallacy & The Duggars

unz.com — It's easy to point out the cultural Left's adherence to all sorts of social constructionisms. My post Men Are Stronger Than Women (On Average) has a lot of Google juice because it now gets cited online a fair amount in arguments...because people are obviously taking the converse position (not that women are stronger, but that [...]
May 28, 2015

The Religious Right’s Blank Slate Fallacy & The Duggars: Crime rates from FBI, % “No Religion” from General So... bit.ly/1KrnOT9

Grafts along the human bramble

unz.com — Nature published a paper recently, New species from Ethiopia further expands Middle Pliocene hominin diversity, which seems to complicate the deep history of the hominin lineage. More precisely, it gets curiouser and curiouser, as the number of human(ish) groups proliferates. Honestly I don't know well this will hold up, a lot of science seems to [...]
May 28, 2015

Grafts along the human bramble: Citation: Racimo, Fernando, et al. “Evidence for archaic adaptive introgressio... bit.ly/1BqDQaK

Blue Sky and Brown Earth: look to the Red Planet!

unz.com — Today on Medium I saw a post, Shouldn't We Fix Poverty Before Migrating to Mars? The substance of the piece is less important to me than the title, because the title expresses a viewpoint common among many. Why look to the heavens when we don't have heaven here on earth?
May 27, 2015

Blue Sky and Brown Earth: look to the Red Planet!: Today on Medium I saw a post, Shouldn’t We Fix Poverty Bef... bit.ly/1GEhLeU

Can a religious person be a good scientist?

unz.com — In the culture of science you occasionally run into the sort of person who believes as an apodictic fact that if one is religious one can not by their fact of belief be a good scientist. You encounter this sort of person at all levels of science, and they exhibit a range of variation in [...]
May 26, 2015

Can a religious person be a good scientist?: Source: Pew In the culture of science you occasionally run into t... bit.ly/1HJglyh

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Feb 14, 2016

RT @walterolson: Foe of UK campus invite to @PeterTatchell cites his "signing of an open letter ... in support of free speech" theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/f…

Feb 14, 2016

Response to Commentary on "Limitations of GCTA as a solution to the missing heritability problem" biorxiv.org/content/early/… #genetics

Feb 14, 2016

RT @pastramimachine: How many comments total have ever been posted to PLoS Genetics papers in the history of the journal?

Feb 14, 2016

RT @caitlinrgreen: A 7thC Anglo-Saxon decapitation+burial at Stonehenge: dro.dur.ac.uk/5904/1/5904.pd… Stonehenge from OE hencgen ‘gallows’? pic.twitter.com/upQ8oglYn3

Feb 14, 2016

U.S. asks Turkey to stop attacks on Kurdish fighters on.wsj.com/1QeL8dX via @WSJ

Feb 14, 2016

U.S. asks Turkey to stop attacks on Kurdish fighters on.wsj.com/1QeL8dX via @WSJ

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