PZ Myers‘ appearance on Atheist Talk Radio was positively Orwellian. Host Mike the Madman Haubrich actually asked PZ about developmental biology (evodevo).

Fish embryos? What about crackers!!!! I wanted crackers!!!! And I get Zebrafish!

The interview was actually very interesting, in which PZ discussed homologous structures in the mouse and the bat, in reference to his recent article in Seed magazine.

Well, PZ did compare himself to a supermodel. Unfavorably.

Otherwise, Myers was pretty much sticking with the Darwin story about evolution. Small incremental changes and all that. A very interesting and informative interview.

PZ revealed that his next Seed Magazine article will be on choanoflagellates. This is about the origins of multicellular life. When he talked about the proteins that evolved in choanoflagellates to stick them together (like cells in a multicellular organism stick together) the interviewer, Lynn Felman commented: “Oh, like everything is connected to everything else” (referring to the analogous structure).

I must say a half hour of science first thing in the morning on a Sunday is a lot better than … I dunno … crackers.

OK, off to Q.Cumbers.

Comments

  1. #1 laurisa
    July 27, 2008

    Exactly: the best intellectual stimulation I’ve had since leaving North America! (Still on-line, doc, although I left the site to find connection!)

    Cheers! Raise your glasses and here’s a toast from around the world!!!! Thanks PZ!

  2. #2 Catherine
    July 27, 2008

    Hey Greg,
    I just returned from Q-Cumbers and wanted to say hi since I wasn’t able to get to in person. I was the woman with the little girl (2 year old). You might not have noticed but just in case! Anyhoo, hi and thanks for the great work!

  3. #3 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    July 27, 2008

    Hi, Catherine, I noticed but didn’t get a chance to talk to everybody. It was a great turnout, wasn’t it?

    I really enjoyed doing the show today, and especially knowing that Laurisa was listening.

  4. #4 paiwan
    July 27, 2008

    “Well, PZ did compare himself to a supermodel. Unfavorably.

    Otherwise,….”

    Dear Greg, please help him out, please.

  5. #5 Blind Squirrel FCD
    July 28, 2008

    “Oh, like everything is connected to everything else”

    Is this a reference to the bogus Chief Seattle quote? Too much LSD in your youth will do the same thing. Oh well, at least her heart is in the right place.

  6. #6 C. David Parsons
    July 28, 2008

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  7. #7 JanieBelle
    July 28, 2008

    Ok, ignoring the Jezus spammer above, who’s posted that crap in the past, I have something even more amusing than cracker desecration.

    Help a girl out here. Score me a virgin’s thong.
    :)

    Kisses Greg. Deep, long, insistent, immoral, Darwinista, kisses over a toasty baby sacrifice to Richard Dawkins.

  8. #8 laurisa
    July 28, 2008

    Come now, janieBelle…be careful what you ask for…! UMMMmmmm. I’m big into the ask and you shall receive thing.

    I mean, no babies, but I can find a virgin…

  9. #9 JanieBelle
    July 28, 2008

    oooo we have our first contestant!

    Now you just need to find one with one of those thongs!