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Nobody in academia had ever witnessed or even heard of a performance like this before. In just five years, 1953– 57, a University of Pennsylvania graduate student— a student, in his twenties— had taken over an entire field of study, linguistics, and stood it on its head and hardened it from a spongy so-called social […]

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If you’ve spent much time online I’m sure you’ve seen references to the “Darwin Awards” which routinely honor some benighted soul who, through a lack of wisdom and foresight, manages to take himself out of the gene pool (or nearly so) in some particularly painful, though humorous means. (Example here.) We forget at our peril […]

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shutterstock_133811405…and Lamarck was right.

Well, maybe. Of the two major theories of human evolution developed in the 19th century, Darwin believed in natural selection — that human traits are passed along through DNA and not through environmental factors — and Lamarck believed that parents can transmit environmentally acquired traits.

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You might wonder where this phrase comes from–the law of the jungle–which we take to mean, lawlessness spelled out in a fine turn of phrase. Kipling thought otherwise, in fact he makes quite a lot in a book for kids about something serious. Jungle is another name for forest. It is the world in which […]

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