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Fisher and Haldane return in the latest Darwin Eats Cake http://darwineatscake.com/comic/en/181
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New Darwin Eats Cake comic: Socrates and Plathiel on government http://darwineatscake.com/comic/en/179 
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In 1991, the five-thousand year-old mumified remains of a man were discovered in the Italian Alps. Numerous DNA analyses have been performed on those remains in the past, providing a lot of information about who he was and what he ate. But now, a team of Italian and Irish researchers have ...
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Current theory: The Nightly Show failed due to niche competition from twitter http://jonfwilkins.com/2016/08/twitter-killed-the-nightly-show/
Last week marked the end of The Nightly Show, the Daily Show spinoff hosted by Larry Wilmore. It was a real shame, both because the show had great potential and moments of brilliance, and because its cancellation meant a real blow to the already meager diversity of late-night TV.
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i'm going to miss that show.
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Want to know how the voting in today's New York Republican primary will translate into delegates? It's all explained here.

Don't care? Fine, short answer, based on current polling data and previous primary results, is that Trump should win about 52% of the vote, which will give him about 84 (out of 95) delegates.

http://jonfwilkins.com/2016/04/predictor-and-explainer-for-the-new-york-republican-primary/
Welcome to Lost in Transcription, the online home of me, Jon Wilkins. I am an evolutionary biologist, poet, and Ronin. I write about science and culture, and author the webcomic Darwin Eats Cake. Some of the specific things you'll find here include: The Lost in Transcription Blog ...
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Here's a little calculation to measure the impact of the Republican delegate allocation system(s). Take home is that about 1/5 of Trump's delegate count, and 1/2 his lead over Cruz, can be attributed to the winner-take-all-ish elements.

Not that there's anything wrong with it!

http://jonfwilkins.com/2016/03/what-if-the-gop-allocated-used-proportional-allocation-of-delegates/
In the Republican presidential primary system, different states apportion their delegates among the candidates in a variety of ways. In the upcoming contests in Florida and Ohio, all of the state's delegates are pledged to the candidate who receives the most votes state-wide.
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so its african dictator vs theocrat ... good luck :)
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New Darwin Eats Cake: Socrates and Plathiel on injustice http://darwineatscake.com/comic/en/180
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Two year old Kobayashi Marus the crap out of the trolley problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N_RZJUAQY4
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New Darwin Eats Cake: Socrates and Plathiel http://darwineatscake.com/comic/en/178
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Probably the last time this calculation is interesting. Punchline is this:

"However, if the Republicans used the Democratic scheme (applied only at the state level, for simplicity), Trump would have 912 pledged delegates, and would need 73% of the remaining delegates to prevent a contested convention. Under proportional allocation with no threshold, he would have 799 delegates, and would need to win over 98% of the remaining delegates.

One consequence of (and perhaps rationale for) using winner-take-all allocation in a drawn-out primary season is that it drives out challengers, forcing consensus around the leading candidate and allowing them to begin their general-election pivot earlier.

Another consequence is that a pesky plurality of “voters” can drive the nomination of an openly bigoted narcissist, subverting the ability of the party elite to install one of the usual cryptically bigoted narcissists. That’s a consequence that will either be hilarious to Democrats in November or hilarious to extraterrestrial archaeologists who visit the smoldering remains of our planet thousands of years in the future."

http://jonfwilkins.com/2016/05/proportional-delegate-allocation-could-have-stopped-trump/
After yesterday's primary in Indiana, both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have dropped out of the race, leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee for the Republican party. This was disappointing to those of us who were hoping for some contested-convention drama, but sensible, since Trump is now ...
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Best guess for today's WI Dem primary: Sanders by 8. That's based on the relationship between final polling numbers and actual primary outcomes over the course of this primary season.

http://jonfwilkins.com/2016/04/prediction-for-wisconsin-dem-primary-sanders-by-8/
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New Darwin Eats Cake. Please forward to the people running Jeb! Bush's Super PAC.
http://darwineatscake.com/comic/en/177
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I'm Jon Wilkins, evolutionary biologist and poet. I'm the author of the blog Lost in Transcription and the webcomic Darwin Eats Cake. I am also founder of the Ronin Institute, which is dedicated to supporting independent scholarship.
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