When you spend the day abstracting biology into computational objects, it’s nice to look at some whole organisms once in a while. The front cover of Science this week features meerkats, one of my favourite animals. The young are taught prey handling skills. According to the article, there’s little critical evidence for teaching outside of humans, which I find rather surprising. I’d have assumed that almost all animals teach their young.
Nature has unfortunately weighed into the non-issue of science v. religion this week. As usual, Dawkins sums it up most eloquently – “I cannot see how this could be good for science — supernaturalism is fundamentally anti-scientific.”