Stranger Fruit

Archives for February, 2006

As promised

As promised yesterday here [PDF, 1.2M] is the text of a talk I gave in 2002 to celebrate Darwin Day.

Eeek! Just as well they are small …

Assassin spiders – 2mm long arachnids with elongated jaws (and necks) that were once globally distributed but are now only found in Australia, South Africa and Madagascar. In the latter, nine new species have been recently found by California Academy of Sciences researchers, Charles Griswold and Hannah Wood. Check this out … Wow. Darwin would…

Last thoughts on Darwin

From the Autobiography: Therefore my success as a man of science, whatever this may have amounted to, has been determined, as far as I can judge, by complex and diversified mental qualities and conditions. Of these, the most important have been – the love of science – unbounded patience in long reflecting over any subject…

Some Sunday Reading

I have just been notified that the Spring edition of the Virginia Quarterly Review will feature articles on evolution and ID by Niles Eldredge, Michael Ruse, Thomas Eisner, Robert M. Sapolsky and David Quammen. To celebrate Darwin Day, the Review has put Eldredge’s essay online.

Protect! Marriage! Arizona!

One of the more “enlightened” aspects of politics here in Arizona are voter initatives, wherein the public gets to petition to put stuff on the ballot. In the windup for the November elections, the streets are already crawling with petitioners wanting to get the necessary quota of signatures to get their particular fixation on the…

Charles Robert Darwin, 1809 – 1882.

I was going to post the text of a talk (“The Myths of Darwinism”) that I gave to the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix in February 2002. But I can’t find a scanned copy. I should be able to post it tomorrow, though. So, in place of that, I give you … “There is grandeur…

Some new fish

Went and bought some new fish for my tank today – a sun catfish (Horabagrus brachysoma) and a lace catfish (Synodontis sp.). I admit to having a certain liking for catfish species. These two will join my peppered corys (Corydoras paleatus) and common plec (Hypostomus punctatus) at the bottom of the tank, while the top…

As PZ notes, George Deutsch has finally come out from under his rock. Avowedly uncontrite for lying in his vita he has the following to say: Mr. Deutsch said he resigned of his own volition because he was unhappy with the negative publicity he and NASA were receiving in the news media. “I was just…

George resigns

So Deutsch has resigned. Best summation comes from Jim Hansen: “He’s only a bit player. The problem is much broader and much deeper and it goes across agencies. That’s what I’m really concerned about.”

More on George

It gets better. Apparently George “It’s a theory” Deutsch did not graduate from Texas A&M after all and withdrew from there in June ’04 without a degree. Apparently, the qualifications to become a Presidential appointee (and thus official censor) to NASA are, umm, nil. More importantly, it appears that he claimed to have a degree…