Update (9/16/08) : I forgot to include the link to the evolution carnival mothership! Please go here for more information.
Its carnival time! Thanks to everyone who sent me submissions for the big party. There were too many, alas, to respond to each one individually, but I appreciate the opportunity to sample so much good writing. How about we go sample the merchandise…
- Aydin Orstan, who writes the blog Snail’s Tales, gets pride of place. He serves up a fascinating post about, I kid you not, the reproductive organs of snails. Doesn’t sound like your cup of tea? Give it a try anyway. Orstan provides yet another example fo the sort of convoluted, Rube Goldberg like structure that is easy to understand as the product of a long evolutionary history, but difficult to understand as the result of intelligent design.
- Michon Scott provides a nice overview of some evolutionary basics. Not exactly a blog post, but close enough and well worth a read.
- The Whited Sepulchre offers a humorous take on the extreme selectivity of creationists.
- The Evolved Rationalist states it plain regarding the silliness of the “irreducible complexity” argument for Intelligent Design. ER’s tone may not be to everyone’s liking, but his argument is spot on.
- Jason Brunet, who blogs over at jeffthefish tells the tale of engaging the beliefs of his creationist friends. I understand his feelings all too well. Ideally we all try to be respectful and understanding of the belifs of others, but at some point you just have to identify error for what it is. Jason does a nice job of skewering some common creationist claims.
- Michael Zimmer of Its Alive!! serves up a hard-core post about the new video game Spore. I’m afraid much of this post was unrelated to anything I actually know anything about, but I serve it up here for your consideration nevertheless.
- Tyson Koska of Truth is a Woman offers a nifty graphic for visualizing the spans of time involved in observing large-scale evolutionary change.
- Michael Fridman provides a reminder of the stinginess of evolution. Some interesting examples to consider here.
- Naon Tiotami, who blogs over at Homologous Legs, has an insightful post regarding creationist claims regarding micro vs. macroevolution.
- Glen Davidson gives Michael Behe a proper reaming. Good stuff here. Glen writes the “Behe Fails Weblog” My kind of guy!
- Phil for Humanity provides some brief thoughts on the usbject of what is, and is not, a theory. Be sure to check out some of his other links while you are there.
- Hoxful Monsters provides a brief account of new findings regarding the loss of armor in stickleback fish. One more nice example of hos evolutionary thinking is useful in day-to-day biological research.
- Karl Wilenauer offers some worthy thoughts on the subject of teaching creationism in science classes. His inspiration is the recent statement by British C of E clergymen Michael Reiss.
- Finally, Richard Einhorn offers us something completely different. Information about his recently completed opera-oratoria “The Origin,” inspired by — well, why not just take a wild guess.
So that’s about it! Thanks again to everyone who sent me their posts.
The third installment of the carnival will be hosted by Greg Laden. You can find his blog here.