17 December 2011

A Brilliant Blog: The Dispersal of Darwin

The Neuro Times would like to give two thumbs up to Michael D. Barton's blog The Dispersal of Darwin. He also has a nice piece on history of science blogging coming out in Endeavor. Especially good is his recent post: "what are the most common misconceptions about evolution."

My own favorite misconception:

Critiquing strands of evolutionary thinking as bad science = equals critiquing the whole theory of evolution as bad science. 

Many who have doubts/reservations about the extension of adaptation arguments to human behavior are arch defenders of evolutionary science. We merely ask for a healthy amount of skepticism about inferences drawn from scientific findings that seek to naturalize capitalism, religion, Marxism, altruism, love, etc. Let's not be historically or culturally naive.