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Archives for December, 2009

Bad idea, putting me on a poll

It’s just a silly online poll, and I don’t have a stake in how it comes out one way or the other, except for one thing: I must defeat Brad Pitt. I like the guy, and I’ve enjoyed his movies, and I’m happy that he’s come out as an atheist, but you know…I’m looking forward…

Dan Bern for President!

The agenda on this video made me so happy. I want a president like this!

Shame on Italy

This is absurd. The Italian National Research Council is sponsoring the publication of a creationist book, titled Evolutionism: The Decline of an Hypothesis. Right away, from the title alone, you can tell that the book has problems: evolution is not a theory in decline, no matter how much the creationists declare it so, but is…

Octopus alpheus Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.

We’re very traditional around here

THIS. IS. MINNESOTA. We like our Christmases white around here, and it’s not enough just to have a few decorative snowflakes tumble down — we need a blizzard, and that’s what we’re going to get. I was out there in the frigid whiteness earlier today, clearing the driveway and sidewalks, and now I’m all worn…

The reason for the season!

It’s Christmas Eve. You’re probably all busy with holiday preparations, getting together with family, making the traditional dinner, all that secular stuff that makes the day worth celebrating. I know that in the midst of this hustle and bustle you already don’t believe in Santa Claus, but I’m going to ask you to take a…

War on Christmas, continued

There is a sign among the various holiday displays at the Illinois state capitol, set there by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. At the time of the winter solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is just myth and…

Jim Lippard has put up an excellent post identifying the major institutions behind climate change denial. They are almost uniformly conservative and populated with old and unqualified cranks, although Jim is too genteel to put it that way. It’s useful information if you need a scorecard to keep track of the players. It’s also amusing.…

α-actinin evolution in humans

Perhaps your idea of the traditional holiday week involves lounging about with a full belly watching football — not me, though. I think if I did, I’d be eyeing those muscular fellows with thoughts of muscle biopsies and analyses of the frequency of α-actinin variants in their population vs. the population of national recliner inhabitants.…

Teaching Your Inner Fish

Next Fall, I’ll be back in the classroom teaching introductory biology again. One thing I’m planning to do is to use Shubin’s Your Inner Fish for that course…and just look what the good man has done just for me: all the figures from the book have been released as powerpoint slides. OK, he probably didn’t…