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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

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.