A Clockwork Origin

Posted on 08/13/2010 by Jim

Coincidentally, Futurama yesterday (in order to celebrate my finishing The Origin) ran an episode on evolution: A Clockwork Origin.

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The End of the Origin

Posted on 08/12/2010 by Jim

It took me a long time, but I've finally finished Darwin's The Origin of Species. Originally I had been intending to write a review of sorts upon completion. But, to be honest, I'm not entirely sure what I would say. This work is astounding. You quickly realize that you are reading the thoughts of a genius; a genius who took the scattered pieces of an immense puzzle and put them together. Not only that, but...

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Argument from (Ridiculous) Example

Posted on 02/11/2010 by Jim

I'm sure that by now you've seen the rampant political cartoons wondering where global warming went. These are excusable, and even amusing, in that they point out the irony that global warming may cause cold temperatures. But today the New York Times has an article on the subject: "Climate Fight is Heating Up in Deep Freeze". While justifiable, I suppose, as "news" to report on, the arguments it presents are inane. The idea that a...

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Abolish Time Zones

Posted on 01/17/2010 by Jim

Have you ever told someone you would call at ten o'clock, only to realize they thought you meant ten o'clock their time instead of your time? I mean, it's all good, except you called them at two o'clock in the morning. No big deal. I have for some time now maintained that we should abolish time zones. When I suggest this I invariably get a response as such: "That'd just be silly, James." But stop...

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An Excellent Article on Evolution and Religion

Posted on 01/02/2010 by Jim

Leslie Tomory, who has just finished a PhD in the history of science and technology at the University of Toronto, has an excellent piece entitled "The shock and awe of creation." In it he takes aim at the idea that evolution is inherently atheistic (an idea he labels "evolutionism") and examines the roots of philosophical resistance to evolution. The science of evolutionary biology is very well established, and the residual tension between religion and evolutionary...

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