Shifting Baselines

For the last month, I have been a visiting researcher in the conservation science unit at Cambridge University, which turns 800 (!) this year. Another impressive birthday is today: Charles Darwin’s bicentennial–a grand event here in England, although they do admire Darwin daily (note the 10 pound note):

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Across the nation, events are commemorating Darwin and his contribution to science, including two of my weekend plans: the British Natural History Museum’s Darwin exhibit and tonight’s lecture at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution by Shifting Baselines’ own Daniel Pauly (this is him cutting the pre-lecture cake).

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(Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem I’ll have time to bake my own Darwin cake (or write much more about Darwin’s marine science).

At Cambridge, there is a particularly affinity for the man who wrote the treatise on natural selection. Darwin was a Cambridge scholar and studied theology at Christ College. The zoology museum has a great exhibit with fish specimens from the Voyage of the Beagle…

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The University is also hosting a number of great events in association with Darwin’s birthday, including Randy Olson’s Flock of Dodos, the big Darwin festival in July, and (as always) a weekly lecture series out of Darwin College.

A couple weeks ago I attended one such lecture by Dr. Jim Secord. He put up a list of the years when On the Origin of Species was published for various languages (e.g. German: 1860, French: 1862, Spanish: 1877, Japanese: 1896, Arabic (9 chapters): 1918).

On the O of S was not published in Turkish until 1970. That becomes particularly interesting if one recalls the 2006 study published in Science about public acceptance of evolution. The authors found that the percentage of U.S. adults accepting the idea of evolution has declined from 45% to 40% over the last 20 years but also that, an examination of 34 countries (most of them European), Americans are the least likely to accept evolution, just after Turkey. But then Jim Secord’s statistic hit me: the Turks have had fewer than 40 years to digest the theory of natural selection. Meanwhile, On the Origin of Species was published in our mother tongue. At least Turkey has an excuse.

For more blogposts on Darwin, check out the consolidated Blog for Darwin dedicated to the man and his big idea…

Comments

  1. #1 hal caswell
    February 13, 2009

    I envy you, being in Cambridge for Darwin’s birthday. I remember my first visit to his house in Down — standing and staring at a glass case containing his field notebooks from the Beagle cruise. Cool, just cool. As is the fact that he appears on the 10pound note.

  2. Is there Darwin beer, I hope?

    Erik

  3. #3 Karen James
    May 5, 2009

    Hey Jennifer, too bad we missed each other when you came to the NHM for the Darwin exhibition. You still in Cambridge?

  4. Too bad I’m not there!

  5. #5 neos
    June 13, 2009

    I envy you, being in Cambridge for Darwin’s birthday. I remember my first visit to his house in Down — standing and staring at a glass case containing his field notebooks from the Beagle cruise. Cool, just cool. As is the fact that he appears on the 10pound note.

  6. #6 hikaye
    June 16, 2009

    I envy you, being in Cambridge for Darwin’s birthday. I remember my first visit to his house in Down — standing and staring at a glass case containing his field notebooks from the Beagle

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    June 17, 2009

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  8. #8 cet
    June 21, 2009

    Hey Jennifer, too bad we missed each other when you came to the NHM for the Darwin exhibition. You still in Cambridge?

  9. #9 zayıflama
    June 28, 2009

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    April 27, 2010

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  22. #22 nakliyat
    May 27, 2010

    This Saturday, February 20th and the week my friend Steve and I plan towards the end of last year and discovered a small farm pond in Pembroke has made the journey. This was a cold morning but both of us up at 6:00 and was full of confidence, the car was full and at the heart of west Wales, they were ready to do away into the 80th minute.

    M4 drivers until it bottomed out -6.5 ° C. After reaching the end of a long frozen at a treacherous drive began on the A roads are closed forever, we ride in the car the temperature gauge was going down slowly

    After a brief walking tour of the lake there and other parts of the lake ice was formed on the morning sun as the preferred point for point to set up around the ice was like when you deploy.

    Covered with mesh, especially for pop-ups, I was connected using a range of new towers, I gluged hair in the water on the Red Berry Carpagra Fluero-Berry Winter Berry then you pop up using a small PVA bag of chopped boilies attached. The shade trees hung up into my bank and then out of a little over a creek too shallow near the banks believe what popped out into other bait casting bait. Now is the time to sit back, and my new machine and CCB could beat the cold to see if boilies are waiting for.

    Just over two and a half hours had passed and my margin declined feed control was gone, we had set up before and almost like they my attention, fluro-berry pop-ups turned up the waiting was out of the deep creek was captured, no warning beeps or it tore signs near the fish feed. By Steve and me eager to get back to the bar under control rod to cut time. Fish hard and heavy lunges do not give back any line was playing, it’s a tremendous feeling for a good-sized carp hooked in the first month will be a fact. Shortly after the return, some lines are getting while the point right to the fish round the direction began, the heavy and felt it behind a good weight and I caught a couple of minutes later, as out fought a Mirror Carp stay behind My initial symptoms and by myself and I was sure I was kicked back to the way a good couple saw what medium. After all the effort I’m able to put it clearly and finally defeated the first fish of the day was mine mirror.

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  23. #23 evden eve nakliye
    May 27, 2010

    a middle pair like the bank, but when I off mat looks like the above we estimate the weight and the time scale weight confirmed to shot a heavy feeling I have never deviated weighed into raised ten still bright winter colors like a mirror, was nearly 12 pounds 14oz horses, but There was nothing to get disheartened.

    How cold was the night before a day has passed and the sun slowly cleared the lake banks and a few signs of any one us could be on pins and needles in the winter Carp fishing was sinking slowly realized how to keep the beep.

    During the day I’m Steve subsequent studies, even my rods on was like it may take to accept a team, we fish with all fish, and every time we fish back to manage better, but when the time came to be, and fluoro Berry pop-ups, almost Steve my bar against bolted to a second regret my words, but was captured and how to take the second left hook at a short time before he took a few managed to make strong lunges.

    When the light begins to fade, we ended the session. Today, a good sign as you think, we both some action and I was very happy that my machine and fluro berry pop-up jobs that disappointed a subzero temperature couples who will be the result were made.

    Fenland Fisheries Carp Talk to watch it next month and all changes to the competition in this space!

  24. #24 evden eve nakliyat
    June 24, 2010

    At Cambridge, there is a particularly affinity for the man who wrote the treatise on natural selection. Darwin was a Cambridge scholar and studied theology at Christ College. The zoology museum has a great exhibit with fish specimens from the Voyage of the Beagle.bravo
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    September 9, 2010

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  28. #28 breadman tr875
    September 30, 2010

    this is so cool..wish I was there!

  29. #29 notebook tamiri
    November 3, 2010

    I remember my first visit to his house in Down — standing and staring at a glass case containing his field notebooks from the Beagle cruise.

    bu arada ne olmuş Türkiyeye :)

  30. #30 fesbuk giriş
    December 19, 2010

    Hey Jennifer, too bad we missed each other when you came to the NHM for the Darwin exhibition. You still in tersffgood

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    February 9, 2011

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    February 14, 2011

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    February 14, 2011

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  34. #34 Turk seks
    February 19, 2011

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    March 24, 2011

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  38. Several times I’ve seen in my life fossils are more than a million years. When you’re close to such an exhibit, you have conceived a feeling that you make putishestvie time. It’s amazing how fossils can priblizt us to the days of the dinosaurs.

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    April 20, 2012

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  40. #40 dr mustafa eraslan
    April 24, 2012

    At Cambridge, there is a particularly affinity for the man who wrote the treatise on natural selection. Darwin was a Cambridge scholar and studied theology at Christ College.

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