The Primate Diaries reviews a study by The American Naturalist describing how competitive bacteria form cooperative colonies. These high-level patterns emerge despite the fact that individuals in the colony behave selfishly. To understand the emergence of apparent cooperation, consider ants on a sidewalk: Have you ever wondered why ant trails in the city so often fall along cracks in the pavement or in gaps between the cement? The ants certainly didn’t plan this out in advance. It occurs based on… Read more

Curious to hear a guy like Ricky Gervais, who has had two of his shows copied for US audiences, argue that it’s the UK which is living off of borrowed ideas from America. Fed-up Ricky added: “I don’t watch TV comedy in the UK anymore. “We’ve got some poor copies of Curb Your Enthusiasm, some poor copies of Entourage and some poor copies of Seinfeld. “With a few exceptions the Americans seem to be ahead of the game.” The comic… Read more

Five Videos, start with this one: Thanks to Atheist Media Blog. Read more

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This is an alluringly and gorgeously produced but positively goofy propaganda video which sides with both Clinton and Palin against Obama (with all the usual baseless smears against him thrown in for good measure). Read more

Could you describe the girl who sees with this perpsective as in love rather than exploited?  Can this be an ethically healthy relationship?  Is it formally very different from love-relationships oriented around economic security since the dawn of time?  Or do power, class, and wealth disparities destroy any possibility for moral requisites of free consent or relationship virtues of mutualness, equality, and reciprocity? More or less any poor Asian girl knows that if she lands a Westerner it means security…. Read more

In response to all the cheating in the news, Christian Progressive Liberal investigates: Well, I googled the word “infidelity” and I feared that my computer might crash from the results.  I mean, there are damned WEBSITES devoted to infidelity – how to get your respective swerves on outside your marriage; providing blueprints for cheating, etc.  But I wanted some facts. It is estimated that roughly 30 to 60% of all married individuals (in the United States) will engage in infidelity… Read more

Times of India blogger Celina Jaitley was both Miss India and a runner-up for Miss Universe in 2001.  She’s quite beautiful and so you should go to Box Turtle Bulletin to see her for yourself (they deserve the traffic, so go!) Via the BTB: “I became a part of the world of glamour at the very young age of 16. And not only since then, but somehow from childhood I have had gay friends and have been a part of… Read more

Friedman’s column makes the crucial point that being at the forefront of energy transformation is not just about heading off the consequences of global warming, it’s about being a global leader in the energy technologies which will dominate future markets: inevitably some young Chinese would say: “Hey, you Americans got to grow dirty for 150 years, using cheap coal and oil. Now it is our turn.” It’s a hard argument to refute. Eventually, I decided that the only way to… Read more

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