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Ah, Yes, That Misplaced Concreteness

Over at Evolving Thoughts, John Wilkins is pursuing his series on the ontology of biology with a post on patterns and process. "One of the enduring mistakes made in science and philosophy is to confuse how things seem with how they are," he writes. "Patterns are relationships that are salient to the observer, while processes account for the patterns, and many other kinds as well." He describes the common confusion that has become known as "the fallacy of misplaced concreteness" and acknowledges that "I am sure I am equally guilty of it as anyone else."

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.