Pharyngula

PZ Myers

Trapped in a cunning prison! Oh, no, what are you doing now? Foiled again!

Where do numbers come from?

When I was addressing this lunacy about how God exists because minds and mathematics are supernatural, I was also thinking about a related set of questions: biologically, how are numbers represented in the brain? How did this ability evolve? I knew there was some interesting work by Ramachandran on the representation of digits and numerical…

I usually only have good things to say about cephalopods, but it’s hard to avoid the truth here: vampire squid aren’t exactly beauty queens.

This is an echinoderm, a feather star, out for a swim. (via Owl Mirror)

I was reading this account of an encounter between three cuttlefish — a consort male escorting a female, who is challenged by an intruder — and the story was weirdly familiar. The intruder’s pupil dilation and arm extension began the first of three brief bouts over the course of about four minutes, each with escalating…

I’m relieved my courtin’ days are over, because even if I did paint my butt iridescent colors, I don’t think I could twerk it up over my head.