Archives for October, 2009

Whoa. This was a data-rich talk, and my ability to transcribe it was over-whelmed by all the stuff Hauser was tossing out. Unfortunately, I think the talk also suffered from excess and a lack of a good overview of the material. But it was thought-provoking anyway. One of the themes was how people resolve moral…

Are we having a good time?

Yes. Yes we are. (Photo by August Berkshire; if you squint, you might notice Ron Numbers caught in the background between me and Neil Shubin, too.)

Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

(Via Skepchick, where you’ll also find the lyrics)

Friday Cephalopod: Smug as a cuttlefish

That’s kind of how I feel at this meeting today. (via Flickr)

Ron Numbers gave a brief history of creationism, reminding us that perhaps a majority of the people in the world reject Darwin, and he also emphasized a few facts in that history that many would find surprising. There was no organized opposition to evolution until the 1920s, when it was marshalled by William Jennings Bryan,…

It was a fine evening here in Chicago, with all these superstars of evolutionary biology in attendance. It was also an information-dense evening — I tried to keep up on my little laptop, but I know I missed a lot. Fortunately, I’m not alone: Rob Mitchum and Jeremy Manier were also covering the event, and…

Here’s part of an explanation I’ve liked for a long time: they’re a product of developing cognitive processes that bias the brain to model the world with supernatural shortcuts. (Moved below the fold because the silly video defaults to autoplay.)

Oh, give it a rest, Bill

Bill Donohue has put me on his mailing list, so I get these ‘alerts’ from the Catholic League several times a day. Here’s the latest (the colors are as sent to me: I guess it was very important!) On Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 8:45 am ET, Catholic League President Bill Donohue will appear on…

I get email

It’s rather pathetic when banned loons like “help ma boab” come crawling back, begging to be released from the dungeon…especially when their apologies are this insincere. It just reaffirms why he got tossed in there in the first place. I’m Sorry I’m sorry that I trod on someone’s arrogant, over-inflated, preposterous ego. Can I come…

Multicellular claymation

I’m liking these CreatureCast videos from Casey Dunn — I showed the first in this series, now here’s the second. It uses very simple animation to illustrate basic concepts…like the evolution of multicellularity in this one. CreatureCast Episode 2 from Casey Dunn on Vimeo.