Author Archives: jenkins

Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job

I discuss several examples of the complexity of causation in Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology, ranging from interactive effects of genes and environments on humans and other organisms to webs of relationships connecting predators and prey such as killer … Continue reading

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Vaccination and the Eradication of Human Diseases

Smallpox was a scourge of humanity for centuries, but in 1977 became the first human disease eliminated by a worldwide vaccination campaign. In Chapter 6 of Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology, I explain how the reproductive rates of disease … Continue reading

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Why blog about critical thinking in biology?

Oxford University Press published my book, Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology, in April 2015. I wrote this book because 37 years of teaching biology at the University of Nevada, Reno taught me that the most important thing for students … Continue reading

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