Also this week: Matt Levine profile, and just a bit more. Sorry, not much time to read the intertubes this week.
Writing in Proceedings B, Doherty (2020) argues that the scientific literature on host manipulation by parasites increasingly uses “sensationalist” terms drawn from the popular media. Doherty further argues that this hype isn’t mere window dressing, but rather is getting enshrined as fact in the scientific literature. I found this fascinating, though not working in this subfield myself I can’t independently evaluate Doherty’s argument. Would be interested to hear from readers who work in this area.
ProPublica and Science with investigative reports into the collapse of the US Centers for Disease Control:
JTB published a paper that may or may not be trying to make a case for “intelligent design”, written by an author who failed to disclose a role in a creationism foundation. Now JTB is refusing to retract. Details here. Just passing them along in case you’re interested and want to explore further. I haven’t read the paper so am in no position to comment further.
NY Times profile of finance columnist Matt Levine. As a longtime reader of his newsletter, allow me to confirm: he is a great explainer. I sometimes wish I could ape his approach.
Nature endorses Joe Biden for US President. Is this the first time Nature has ever endorsed a Presidential candidate?