Two new books tackle the question of life and sentience and, together, they make a strong argument that neither may be as improbable as we thought. … More How Likely is Intelligent Life?
I, a secular scientist, endorsed a book about Adam and Eve? Strange, but true. … More A Skeptic Encounters Adam and Eve
Science is finally making real progress on the question of how our species achieved a mostly nonviolent social harmony. … More The Decline of Violence in Homo sapiens
Because it is seen as a proxy of health and good genes, facial symmetry is one of the few features that is universally attractive. … More Why Facial Symmetry Is So Attractive
My two books have received one negative review each. Totally different books and different reviews, but there’s a predictable common thread… … More A curious thing about the only two negative book reviews I’ve received…
The very title of Behe’s book indicates a profound misunderstanding of evolutionary theory … More Darwin Devolves: “Devolution” is Not a Thing
The godfather of “intelligent design” exaggerates even his “pro-Darwinism” example. … More Darwin Devolves: Behe Gets Polar Bear Evolution Very Wrong
Psychological profiles of Donald Trump are hampered by lack of personal access, but can we learn something from an evolutionary analysis? … More Does Trump Fit the Evolutionary Role of Narcissistic Sociopath?
Stan Lee was definitely on to something when he posited that mutations were the way to deliver new abilities to an otherwise run-of-the-mill human being. … More Are the X-men Mutants “the Next Step in Evolution?” (RIP Stan Lee)
Our flaws show the limits of our biology and the way in which our past shapes our present. … More The Beauty of Imperfection: Why I Wrote “Human Errors”