Archive for the 'Despised Theories' Category

Jan 24 2014

Kicking Bubbles

A look at the core data used in the PLOS Study [1] debunking the Blood Type Diet (BTD) finds support for the researcher’s conclusions that if your experimental  subjects eat potato chips, sandwiches, pizza, ‘beans,’ mac-and-cheese, French Fries and processed meat products while doing 13.7% of the Blood Type Diet, their final cardiometabolic markers will […]

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Jun 03 2013

Gnomic Advice

I object, your honor! This trial is a travesty. It’s a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham. — Fielding Melish “Blood Type Diets Don’t Work,” “No Science Behind Blood Type Diets,” scream headlines on mass media sites like Reuters and NewsMax, who […]

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Jul 27 2012

The Refuse

I wrote this note as a comment on my colleague Rick Kirschner’s blog: I thought long and hard on this, especially since I’ve spent a lot of time dealing with misrepresentations of my own work. On one hand there is the ever-present desire to turn the other cheek and convert my response into a teaching […]

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Feb 22 2012

Partial stories have value too.

It is not enough to be in the right place at the right time. You should also have an open mind at the right time. –Paul Erdos One thing I’ve noticed about my work with blood groups, which has done much to convince me that it is truly valuable, is the fact that it seems […]

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Sep 24 2011

Simple Differences

The last century has seen science and technology used to justify any and all supremacist theories, culminating in the development of a pseudoscience called “Eugenics”, which advocated the improvement of society through what might me called selective breeding. Now, not all of the eugenic goals were crackpot and indeed many prominent scientists (including one of […]

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Dec 18 2010

Despised Theories, No. 4: Pangenesis

Natural Selection is the process by which certain heritable traits that convey some advantage become more common in a population over successive generations. These advantages typically make the organism more likely to survive and successfully reproduce.

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Dec 12 2010

Despised Theories, No. 3: Lysenkoism

If contemporary genetic determinism was tainted with the over-extrapolations of eugenics, Lamarkism and epigenetics labored under its own set of miasma –brought about, strangely enough, as much by differences in political philosophy as by differences in genetic determinism.

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Nov 03 2010

Despised Theories (2): Selfish Genes

How and why would natural selection further a trait that is good for the survival of a group or society, but injurious to the individual? Can genes be selfish? Are we are the “survival machines” of our genes?

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Oct 26 2010

Despised Theories (1): Lamarkism

Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck (1744 – 1829) was a French naturalist and an early proponent of the idea that evolution occurred and proceeded in accordance with natural laws. Lamarck is however remembered today mainly in connection with a discredited theory of heredity, the inheritance of acquired traits (“Lamarckism”) He was also one of the first to use the term “biology” in its modern sense.

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