The Inevitability of Cancer and Why It Makes Us Great

If you live long enough, you get cancer. But without our mutating, blundering cells, we’d never have made it out of the primordial soup. … More The Inevitability of Cancer and Why It Makes Us Great

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A Creationist Response to “Human Errors” (and my rebuttal)

Last weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a teaser of my new book Human Errors (available May 1st!), which you can read here. As soon as the article dropped, I began to receive emails about the article, mostly positive, but I also knew from years of blogging about human evolution that not everyone would be … More A Creationist Response to “Human Errors” (and my rebuttal)

New Evidence on Waist-Hip Ratio Reveals Surprising Relationship to Fertility, Urges Revision of Attractiveness Theories

A low waist-hip ratio WHR) is known to correlate with health, fertility, and attractiveness. However, new evidence connects WHR to number of offspring. … More New Evidence on Waist-Hip Ratio Reveals Surprising Relationship to Fertility, Urges Revision of Attractiveness Theories

In Defense of Lamarck: Historical, Philosophical, and Biological Vindication of Evolution’s First Big Idea

Despite being one of the most influential of the early modern biologists and having crucially paved the way for Darwin, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck has mostly gone down in history for being wrong. His theory of “use and disuse” as a mechanism for evolution was roundly rejected and is often presented in introductory biology textbooks as totally misguided and even … More In Defense of Lamarck: Historical, Philosophical, and Biological Vindication of Evolution’s First Big Idea

That time I ate a barracuda and got ciguatera poisoning

Off the coast of Honduras sits a small beautiful island called Utila. Less known, and thus less-overrun, than its famous big sister Roatan, Utila sits in the middle of the largest coral reef system outside the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Accordingly, the snorkeling and scuba diving in Utila is second-to-one and far, far cheaper … More That time I ate a barracuda and got ciguatera poisoning