The Case of Myriad Genetics

As Tony pointed out, the back and forth on this blog over population genetics has produced some smoke, some heat and some insights into what a gene might be and how much it can say about the everyday lives of human beings.  Today the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the case of Association for … Continue reading The Case of Myriad Genetics

Another Round of Cultural Anthropology and Population Genetics?

Last month, there was a spirited exchange on Ethnography.com and Razib Khan’s Gene Expressions blog “Against the Cultural Anthropologists” about the relationship between cultural anthropology and population genetics.  The “conversation” started with the assertion by Razib that basically, the cultural anthropologists are a bunch of post-modern political malcontents who do nothing productive, and are anti-scientific.  … Continue reading Another Round of Cultural Anthropology and Population Genetics?

A Review of the Jared Diamond Reviews

Jared Diamond has created a lot of heat in the anthropological blogosphere in the last few months.  So much heat in fact, that Rex at Savage Minds is now in a position to write a “review of the reviews” in an April 2013 post here.   Quite and achievement for a 512 page book published on … Continue reading A Review of the Jared Diamond Reviews