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Experience, odors, hormones, and neural influences on behavior

Food for Thought: Hormonal, Experiential, and Neural Influences on Feeding and Obesity “Epigenetic mechanisms (i.e., DNA methylation, histone modifications, microRNAs) have emerged as dynamic pathways…

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The biophysics of metacognition sans mutations

Reported last year in this announcement.  “Metacognition therefore is not restricted to vertebrates and can be accomplished in a much smaller and limited brain.” In…

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The end of a physics world view

No entailing laws, but enablement in the evolution of the biosphere  (2012) Excerpt 1: “…the evolution of life marks the end of a physics world…

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Science Journalists: Neuronal copy number variation (CNV) revisited

I’m beginning to count on Carl Zimmer to misrepresent current research results soon after I have posted my correct representations here. He has a much…

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Neuronal copy number variation (CNV) and the brain

Science 1 November 2013: Vol. 342 no. 6158 p. 577 DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6158.577 The introduction to this special issue is: “Connection, Connection, Connection.”  (Here’s the link…

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Natural selection via bird predation in butterflies

Each time I see a misrepresentation of cause and effect like this, which graphically touts natural selection via bird predation in butterflies, I wonder how…

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Snake centric theory revisited: the fear of my comments

I have been blocked from commenting on Carl Zimmer’s nonsensical misrepresentations of cause and effect elsewhere, but I don’t want anyone to miss his latest…

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Transhumanist views: common nonsense

Scientific progress has made it become increasingly more important for evolutionary theorists to learn about the basic principles of biology and levels of biological organization…

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Linking discoveries of two ‘mini-neural computers’ in the brain

First ‘mini-neural computer’ discovered GnRH Neurons Elaborate a Long-Range Projection with Shared Axonal and Dendritic Functions July 31, 2013 Excerpt: “…GnRH neurons elaborate a previously…

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Mutations and natural selection in giraffes (revisited)

Excerpt: “The two fundamental principles of evolution are mutation and natural selection.” Evolution, Games, and God: The Principle of Cooperation (p. 210) My comment: We…

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