Here’s one of my favorite recent evolution writings from the blogosphere. In it, Jerry Coyne, the eminent evolutionary biologist writes about a new study on bed bugs, published recently in Molecular Ecology, in which it is pointed out that there are two races of bed bugs, one that feeds on humans and one that feeds on bats. They appear to still exchange genes (so they can be considered one species), but they are distinguishable based on morphology or genetics. This seems to be a case of speciation in its early stages. https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/where-did-bedbugs-come-from/
So…. look who’s an outlier!
The latest round in this debate involves an editorial by Eric Metaxas that was published on the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page. The editorial argues that scientific evidence is increasingly supporting the existence of a divine creator. The article is behind a paywall, so I have to admit that I haven’t read it, but take note of how many Facebook shares it got (yeah, it’s kinda popular). The physicist Lawrence Krauss responded with an article in the New Yorker to explain why Metaxas’ reasoning was flawed. Does Krauss argue effectively for the non-existence of a creator? Does Krauss makes a bit of a strategic mistake when he starts his article by noting that Metaxas is a TV host and writer, rather than a scientist?
Presumably prompted by Krauss’ article, Steven Pinker tweeted this:
Also, this article, linked from Krauss’ article, is awesome.
Here are some of my favorite writings on Evolution that have hit the internet over the past year:
… There are many more I could list, but I like these ones for a variety of reasons. Add your favs in the comments below!
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