The Primate Diaries

Archives for November, 2009

PZ has information that Ray Comfort and his merry band of misfits have changed their plans and are passing out their Origin of Species propaganda today. You should go and get a copy right away. They’re most likely located at the busiest part of your college campus between 11 and 1pm (or whenever it’s busiest).…

Big News for Vancouverites Today!

Carl Zimmer, science writer extraordinaire and blogger at The Loom will be speaking tonight at the University of British Columbia. It’s at 7pm in Room 2 of the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (map). According to his hosts at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum: This year the world celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles…

As I posted earlier, graduate teaching assistants at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had voted to authorize a strike unless the university negotiated with them in good faith. It appears that this strike was a success because at 7pm EST tonight the Strike Committee of the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) at UIUC unanimously voted…

On November 24, 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. Then, as now, many people were made uncomfortable to think that human beings could be related to the “lower” animals and this discomfort was regularly represented in popular depictions of Darwin during the 19th century. An excellent study on this was written by…

See thro’ this air, this ocean, and this earth All matter quick, and bursting into birth: Above, how high progressive life may go! Around, how wide! how deep extend below! Vast chain of being! which from God began; Natures ethereal, human, angel, man, Beast, bird, fish, insect, who no eye can see, No glass can…

Here I am getting the H1N1 vaccine. With a four-month-old infant I am in the high-risk group that Health Canada recommends should receive an earlier dose as flu season kicks in. After all of the concern about debilitating side effects or even getting the virus from the vaccine (which would be impossible), I can report…

In an overwhelming majority members of the Graduate Employee’s Organization (GEO) at the University of Illinois at at Urbana-Champaign authorized their union to to go on strike if the university doesn’t change direction in their current negotiations. According to a GEO Press Release sent out Monday: Over the course of a three day vote, an…

Live Organ Transplants

After posting my piece on the Anthropology of Organ Transplants I couldn’t resist posting Monty Python’s humorous take on the concept from their film The Meaning of Life. To see what happens next click here.

Reciprocity is an intrinsic feature of human beings as well as most species of ape. Chimpanzees and bonobos regularly engage in granting gifts of food and expect a return on their generosity (those who don’t reciprocate are less likely to receive such gifts in the future) (de Waal and Brosnan 2006). This “tit-for-tat” basis of…

Third World Wide

Seattle-based hip hop artist Gabriel Teodros performs his song Third World Wide that connects the issues that affect people of color in the US with those struggling against injustice around the world. As if to emphasize the point that racism is far from over, during his recent trip to England to perform at the University…