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Kevin Behan Ignores Genetics, Invents a New History for the Doberman

I’m nearly finished with Pat Shipman’s book ‘The Invaders‘ and thought about writing something on it; during the preliminary research I came across Kevin Behan’s take on this book. His post is the usual pseudo-science babble and mystical energy nonsense but one part caught my attention for its brazen dismissal of well documented history. Behan…

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Don’t Trust the Headlines

Too often, it is difficult to know what is reliable information and what’s junk. If you read this blog with any regularity then you know I strongly emphasize the importance of going to the primary source because there is a lot of bad, bad, bad stuff out there. While it’s easy to dismiss a one-off…

Dogs Behave Jealously… in 1871

This chart appeared in “Mental Evolution in Animals” “Mental Evolution in Man”, both published in the 1880s; Romanes depicts the emotional and cognitive development starting with unicellular. On the left, at level 21, Romanes lists “Jealousy. Anger and Play.” On the right side, at level 28 we see “Anthropoid apes and dogs” at the same…

Test score (blue) and predicted scores (red)

Dunning & Kruger 1999, Vol. 77, No. 6. ] 121-1134

The Confident Fool

   “To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of ignorance.” — A. Bronson Alcott I saw this TMZ video (56 s) posted on the BCM Facebook page; in it Cesar Millan says  “dogs don’t think.” Naturally he is wrong – as he usually is – but I was struck by how confident he…