The Mermaid's Tale
Ken Weiss, Anne Buchanan and Holly Dunsworth blog about human genetics, the genetics of development, epidemiology, paleoanthropology, philosophy of science, academia, and more.
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I wish it wasn't so timely, but maybe this re-post of my reflection on how easy it seems to be to size up strangers is worth a read ...***sourceRunning is a precious 30 or so minutes for me. It's a drug. If the pace and the light and the rock'n'roll in the earpods are just right, it's god. But today while I ran on the old railroad-turned-trail in our neighborhood, everything was more or less ungodly, more or less routine. As always, I passed by many walkers, cyclists, runners, dogs, cats, […]
We thought we'd re-run the first blog post Jim Wood wrote (or read), from May 2013, on significance testing. It was an excellent post the first time, and it's an excellent post again, with a message that doesn't get old.By Jim WoodIt’s time we killed off NHST.Ronald Aylmer Fisher (1890-1962) NHST (also derisively called “the intro to stats method”) stands for Null Hypothesis Significance Testing, sometimes known as the Neyman-Pearson (N-P) approach after […]
Are you hooked on Serial yet? The current season of this radio series from the makers of This American Life explores whether Adnan Syed, in jail for the last 15 years and sentenced to life for killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee when they were both 18, really did it. He says he didn't. His friend Jay says he did. The question comes down to, what happened in those crucial 21 minutes when his whereabouts are unknown and undocumented, and Hae was strangled?Sarah Koenig, […]
We’ve mentioned this before, but the malaria and evolution story is complicated by multiple evolutionary tales:Humans adapt to parasitesParasites adapt to humansMosquitoes adapt to bothParasites may adapt to mosquitoes too – and humans have adaptations to mosquitoes…Malaria parasites bursting from red blood cells. From National Geographic, June 1986 - scanned and shared online by Centuron: http://imgur.com/a/nBJb6This post is a story about parasites developing […]
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