The US is arguably the most scientifically and technologically advanced society in the world, and yet at the same time the most religious of Western societies.
We're at risk of mistaking the music for the piano in using a “jump to the gene” approach to biology. It's time for a more fitting view of genes to evolve.
Work on "memes" by Richard Dawkins provides insight on the spread of thought viruses.
Our picture of life is going through a major shift. Ed Yong's book I Contain Multitudes reveals that a genome generally doesn’t contain all the genes an organism needs. Symbiosis isn’t rare, it's the rule. And we're just the icing on life's vast microbial cake.