Half Life

Today marks a unique day for the LTEE and me. The LTEE started on February 17, 1988.  That was 11,517 days ago. I was born on August 13, 1956.  That was 23,034 days ago. That means that the LTEE is now half as old as I am. To put it another way, I’ve spent half …

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Asking for a Skeptic Friend

I sometimes get email from people asking, in one way or another, whether our long-term evolution experiment (LTEE) with E. coli provides evidence of evolution writ large – new species, new information, or something of that sort. I try to answer these questions by providing some examples of what we’ve seen change, and by putting …

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Darwin, Mendel and statistical fluctuations

Freeman Dyson discusses Darwin’s failure to discover Mendelian inheritance. Had Darwin a stronger grasp of statistics (then under development by his cousin Francis Galton), he might have discovered the properties of the basic units of inheritance, so central to his theory of natural selection. See also Bounded cognition. NYBooks: … Seven years after Darwin published …

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