Defense Against Dark Information -- for Oct. 8 ("rampaging replicators")

Read the following, available in the Reserves section of Shields Library or in my office (Plant Environmental Sciences 1312), by next week. If I didn't write it, I don't necessarily agree with it, but read it and see what you think.  Estimated reading time (in a quiet place without interruptions): 40 minutes.  Allow additional time to answering the reading questions and think a little about the discussion questions.

Reading questions -- written answers due at beginning of class:

1) The table in "Genetic Structure of Human Populations" is relevant to one particular point in "Rebuilding America's Defenses." Which point?
2) According to "Strong Inference", what type of experimental result would let us draw a definite conclusion about a hypothesis?
3) According to Dawkins, what happens to replicators with relatively low longevity/fecundity/copying-fidelity and why?
4) Darwin and Wallace developed similar theories of evolution at about the same time. Who provided a key idea to both of them?

Questions to think about (to be discussed in class)