Archives for November, 2009

Solar Plane: First Runway Test

The test saw the Solar Impulse take some slow steps down the runway using four solar-powered electric motors. The plane taxied without landing gear — just like in a normal takeoff. Now that the runway test was successful, the Solar Impulse team will taxi to takeoff speed and let the plane take off for some…

More on the CA tuition thing: What do you think about this news story? It is a product of Newsy.com, which I think is new.

Pagel on Darwin

Mark Pagel, evolutionary theorist extraordinaire, has published an Insight piece in Nature on Natural selection 150 years on. Pagel, well known for myriad projects in natural selecition theory and adaptation, and for developing with Harvey the widely used statistical phylogenetic method (and for being a reader of my thesis) wishes Charles Darwin a happy 200th…

“Time for Atheists to Stop It”

I hear the cries and the calls of the religious moderate, and they are as usual correct. We have been too uppity, and I apologize on behalf of all of us. We should have known better, of course but in our exuberance at the publication of books by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel…

The 150th on the blogosphere

With ID proponents increasingly and more loudly decrying Darwin as the reason the Holocaust happened, Bogused-Up copies of The Origin being circulated by Banana Loving Christians, and attacks on real science and real science education in the US continuing as though there were no Constitution or court system telling them to take it down a…

Chin up you YouTube Atheists

REMOVED BECAUSE THE “AMAZING ATHEIST” IS A VERY VERY BAD PERSON AND HIS STUFF IS NOT ALLOWED ON THIS BLOG ANY MORE .

Perhaps we are all subject to falling into the trap of what I call the Hydraulic Theory of Everything. If you eat more you will be bigger, if you eat less you will be smaller. Emotional states are the continuously varying outcome of different levels of a set of hormones, forming “happy” or “stressy” or…

A podcast from earlier in the year, celebrating Darwin’s birthday. A few essays focusing on Darwin’s Voyage on The Beagle Bon Voyage HMS Beagle The Voyage of the Beagle Darwin Crossing The Atlantic Charles Darwin and the Rain Forest Darwin Gets his Wellies Wet South America on Five Dollars a Day Bugs (Darwin) Darwin South…

Modally speaking of course. And those are utterly different modes so the title of this post is of course nonsense. But, we do have some interesting data. This is from the Gallup Pole of weekly job approval by demographic groups. The main thing this poll shows is that Obama has high job approval ratings, and…

Reflections on the Origin of Species

The The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin was published 150 years go as I write this. At the time, several different alternative theories of the origin and history of life were being discussed in the West. Some of these theories were theological. Theological ideas included a literal translation of the bible, with the flora,…