What an absurd, fact-free essay from @sciam which has besmirched itself by publishing this about EO Wilson. This journal should familiarize itself with Wilson’s response to this scurrilous and false accusation in Galileo’s Middle Finger by @AliceDreger
I’d not been paying attention to the periodic lapse in commitment to facts & reason at @sciam, which I’ve long admired, but it appears it’s had more than one such lapse? It’s precisely when accusations of racism and sexism are made that standards of probity should rise, not fall.
Another serious and knowledgeable scientist recognizes this drivel. Have some standards, @sciam. Be serious.
The reckless and very often false accusations of racism made by many people subvert the important and necessary work or extirpating racism from public life. These people should be ashamed. EO Wilson shouldn’t have had to waste his time.
This author @mclemoremr may well not have read any of EO Wilson’s work, since she is ostensibly unwilling to cite whatever it is she is criticizing. This is sloppy and lazy. It’s surprising this made it through the review process (such as it may be) at @sciam.
How can @sciam be proud of such a data-free and citation-free scurrilous accusation @laurahelmuth? You think this is “insightful”?
Scientists line up to mock the “so-called normal distribution”
Will @sciam @laurahelmuth publish a correction at least to this one part? Sheesh. It’s just so unbefitting an ostensibly serious publication. They should be ashamed.

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Let’s talk about natural immunity (NI) versus vaccine-induced immunity (VI) to SARS2. This has become controversial. If you survive COVID19 infection, what does that mean, immunologically and practically (given current state of knowledge and current state of the pandemic)? 1/
This is a SUPER long thread (with recent research) on a topic that has become weirdly politicized (as I learned – though I should have known with anything COVID19-related! – after my recent interview with @SamHarrisOrg ). So buckle up. 2/
I also mention this topic of natural versus vaccine-induced immunity in this 17-minute interview with @hari on @AmanpourCoPBS released last night. 3/
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As expected, early studies are beginning to appear about omicron immune escape using in vitro assessments. We will also have large scale epidemiological studies, which are key. 1/
Leading scientist @sigallab who authored this paper on escape of SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 from neutralization by convalescent plasma in @nature in March nature.com/articles/s4158… just released data about immune escape and omicron using South African sample. 2/
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There’s a new COVID19 variant that has people worried. Let’s talk about “omicron.” This assessment must necessarily be very preliminary, since we are in very early days (partly thanks to South Africa generously sounding the alarm!). 1/
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More Republicans try to ban books on race, LGBTQ issues. Some want them burned.

It’s fine and good that a novel on queer identity is *available* at a *high school* *library*.

Banning (and burning!) books is never a good look. ⁦@NPRnpr.org/2021/11/13/105…
Here is a tweet with images deemed most offensive. My sense is that having such a book available in a high school library is in keeping with the sexual awareness of most students that age. And similar content should be available for straight students, too.
I suppose I start from presumption that high school students (95% of whom have access to a smartphone -- pewresearch.org/internet/2018/…) can access sexual materials. To have a librarian who has (hopefully thoughtfully) chosen a book is more educational and developmentally supportive.
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Students at University of Sussex, acting immaturely & engaged in a kind of modern witch burning, should be deeply ashamed.

But even more ashamed should be Professor Stock's colleagues, who should have rallied to publicly defend her & principle of open discourse at a *university*
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