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Random thoughts on Antifragility (Part 1)

Nassim N. Taleb book “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder” is notoriously divisive: you either love it or hate it. In my case, it’s both: I loved reading it as much as I found it infuriating. I will start my

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More on the selfish gene

This is a follow up on the controversy that followed David Dobbs piece entitled “Die Selfish Gene, Die”. Dobbs published a revised and much improved version, one that merits some praise and a serious discussion. When I first read the

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Posted in Evolution, Science

In defense of the Selfish Gene

This is a quick rebuttal of the thesis explained by David Dobbs in his recent “Die, selfish gene, die” Aeon Magazine article [Edit: 14/12/2013 now archived here]. It is a well written, well documented and quite long piece that tries

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Humans are still evolving (Sir David Attenborough is wrong on this one).

The Guardian today published a report on Sir David Attenborough intervention at this week’s Radio Times. Apparently he said the following: I think that we’ve stopped evolving. Because if natural selection, as proposed by Darwin, is the main mechanism of

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