EVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY: LISTEN TO DARWIN BUT DON’T FORGET KIMURA

MONUMENTAL as it surely is, Darwin’s opus does not contain a theory of evolution, at least in the scientific sense. It does not enable us to make verifiable predictions, the hallmark of validation for scientific theory. Many a-priori evolutionary outcomes could in principle result from within a scenario where selection pressure becomes operative. Darwin only explains the […]

HUMAN EVOLUTION: NO EASY FIX

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST BY ARIEL FERNANDEZ STIGLIANO IS REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION FROM PROJECT SYNDICATE. HUMANS are undeniably complex, and proud of it. No case, we believe, needs to be made for our biological superiority. Our biological functions are exquisitely regulated and resilient to external variations, owing to complicated webs of interactions. Unlike other species, we seem to […]

BYE BYE DEBYE, BUT WE ARE IN THE COLD NOW

Debye’s theory of water dielectrics is truly remarkable, especially given that he had no knowledge of the nanoscale structure of water. His crucial assumption that water polarization aligns with the internal electrostatic field paved the way for major progress and magically simplified the electrostatic theory. Debye never meant his theory to apply in contexts where water […]