Give it Up, Scientists!

The actual title of Thomas’ article for August 6 is Useless Search for Evolution of the Human Brain, but the sentiment is clear. Now, I’m sure we can all agree that if you’re going to publish an article slighting an entire area of scientific study as “useless,” putting it out 30 minutes before a 1-tonne car rockets down onto the surface of another planet ranks high on the list of worst possible moments. But then again ignoring the rover completely may well be their best option there.

Thomas begins his poorly-timed article with:

Evolutionary scientists do not know how the human brain’s ability to process language supposedly evolved from a non-speaking ancestor. Recent technological advances have enabled scientists to explore this subject in new ways, and one researcher’s review reveals two flaws that underpin the whole research effort.

Todd M. Pruess’ article (which is both open access and quite informative) actually suggests a new experimental paradigm. Continue reading