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Jennifer Raff
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In pursuit of the extraordinary
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As longtime readers here know, I’m endlessly fascinated by the ways in which people attempt to misuse genetics to legitimize pseudoscientific ideas. Today I’m going to write about one example which I’ve been meaning to address for some time:…

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The excellent podcast Archaeological Fantasies recently had me on as a guest for a wide ranging discussion on genetics. We covered everything from the genetic prehistory of the Americas to issues surrounding ancestry testing companies. Here’s a link to…

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A few days ago, I published this post about the pseudoscience I see frequently in MMA communities. For a different perspective, I invited former professional fighter, osteopath, and all around brilliant person Rosi Sexton to share her thoughts with us.…

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Pseudoscience is common among elite athletes outside of the #olympics too.

If I sound angry here, it's because I'm furious.

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Emotionally charged rhetoric, false information, and mockery of autistic people were on display after a screening of "Vaxxed" in Kansas City.

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How to flunk out of the University of Google.

As I’m putting the (hopefully) final touches on a short textbook that I’m writing entitled “Handbook on Science Literacy”, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to recommend a person go about systematically investigating a scientific issue without having any…

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  What happens if you put a group of adults together in a confined space and leave them isolated for weeks? Can they get along? Can they work together to productively carry out complex tasks, stay in shape, and conduct scientific research? This sounds…

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IFLS has reposted my “Dear Parents” article this morning, with a very kind note (thank you!). This means that we have a lot more traffic on the site than is usual, and I want to extend my welcome to all the new followers, commenters, and curious…

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This article is cross-posted from the Social evolution forum where I occasionally write about issues in human evolution. A new paper out last week in Nature by Sutikna et al. has generated a great deal of excitement, by reporting a revised date range for…

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Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I’ve been writing a lot less frequently since last August. Between teaching, setting up my lab, training students, applying for grants, and getting some papers finished for publication, I’ve had very…
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