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Larry Moran Reread The Origin

It’s been a great pleasure to read the Origin of Specie … I had forgotten how clever Darwin was and how he carefully weighs his arguments for evolution. I had also fallen prey to several myths about the book. For example, I didn’t realize that Origin of Species is all about speciation and the difference…

Feb 15 – Darwin Year Panel Discussion Featuring Myers, Laden, Moore, Cotner and Phillips 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origins of Species. In honor of this, we have assembled a distinguished panel of scientists to give us their thoughts…

First of all, I want you to understand that I’m a lightweight in the Mario Kart game. Julia is not. So my pointers come mainly from watching her. (Watching her kick my butt, actually.) I also want to make a few other comments that are not tricks, tips, or “cheats” on how to win, but…

The Gallup Poll is not surprising in any of its results but it is, of course, alarming and interesting. Here’s a summary. On the eve of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, a new Gallup Poll shows that only 39% of Americans say they “believe in the theory of evolution,” while a quarter say…

Blorgospherics: Darwin

Where Is This “Cult of Darwinism” I’ve Been Hearing So Much About? at The Scientific Activist. Celebrating Darwin, Celebrating Science at QM From Birth to The Origin: The Great Darwin Beard Challenge at Deep Sea News Darwin on Darwin at QM The Flying Trilobite does Darwin Day The Loom: A Good End to Darwin Day…

What I Had for Dinner Last Night

Last night I had some grapes, some artichoke dip on bread, some cheese and crackers, and some Merlot in a plastic cup. Which can only mean one thing: I was at a catered event! Indeed, it was the Darwin Day celebration at the Bell Museum. There was Darwin Cake and the opening of two exhibits,…

President Obama on Darwin’s Birthday

… and some other guy … You must go to just after six minutes 20 second. And then it’s like, one second long. But there is is. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Quiz: Who first and most consistently against slavery, Lincoln or Darwin?

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…

Or not. Much is made of the early use of stone tools by human ancestors. Darwin saw the freeing of the hands ad co-evolving with the use of the hands to make and use tools which co-evolved with the big brain. And that would make the initial appearance of stone tools in the archaeological record…

Elephants and Horses

In 1833, Darwin spent a fair amount of time on the East Coast of South America, including in the Pampas, where he had access to abundant fossil material. Here I’d like to examine his writings about some of the megafauna, including Toxodon, Mastodon, and horses, and his further considerations of biogeography and evolution.