The Biggest Mistake in the History of Science

Science is one of the most remarkable inventions of humankind. It has been a source of inspiration and understanding, lifted the veil of ignorance and superstition, been a catalyst for social change and economic growth, and saved countless lives. Yet, history also shows us that its been a mixed blessing. Some discoveries have done far […]

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Paleopups and Paleopussies: Is a Paleodiet For Your Pet a Step Too Far?

Will 2016 be the year the world finally lost interest in the paleodiet? Believe it or not, it’s already happened! ‘Peak-paleo’ passed without notice way back in January 2014. We’re often a little behind the global trends down-under, so Australia’s own peak-paleo occurred almost two years after the rest of the planet. This might explain […]

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Humans Are Still Evolving But In Ways That Might Surprise You

It’s often said that through our innovations in science, agriculture and medicine humans have become masters of our biological destiny. That we’ve seized control of our evolution, eliminating most of the causes of death and suffering experienced by our ancient and not too distant ancestors. We’ve wiped out hunger and famine and eliminated food shortages […]

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Fabricating Science: Discussing Fraud Can Rebuild Community Confidence and Deepen Understanding of How Science Works

It’s an exceptionally rewarding, and also challenging, time to be practising science. Science has never enjoyed the level of public interest it does today thanks to rising education levels and that wonder of the modern age known as the internet. With a couple of clicks of the mouse, or swipes of the touch screen, personalised […]

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Spare Your Health, Budget, and the Planet: Ditch the Palaeodiet

Interest in the diet of our evolutionary ancestors would ordinarily be a topic of curiosity in only the most obscure of scientific circles. But the popularity of the so-called palaeodiet has brought unprecedented attention to the foods consumed by Stone Age or Palaeolithic people. And, it might ultimately be doing us all more harm than […]

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The Deepest Account: Science and Human Origins. Part 1.

This is the first of many blogs I will devote to considering some of the scientific evidence for where humans belong in the tree of life and what makes us unique. They will set out to answer some fundamental questions that drive me in my science but also which are so basic that they touch […]

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