Stranger Fruit

Archives for April, 2006

EvoDevo in the NYRB

Haven’t had time to read this yet as my print copy only arrived yesterday, but there’s a review of Sean Carroll’s From DNA to Diversity and Endless Forms Most Beautiful along with Kirschner & Gerhart’s The Plausibility of Life in this week’s New York Review of Books. For those of you who don’t subscribe, it’s…

We have a winner!

About a week ago, I asked readers to design a banner for the blog. Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry … it was (trust me) a difficult choice. As you can probably see, we have a winner! The banner was designed by Dora Ng, an ex-student of mine who is a talented graphic designer,…

In February, I introduced a Sun Catfish (Horabagrus brachysoma) into my tank. Since then, he’s probably grown about three-quarters of an inch in length. The species is a member of the the catfish family Bagridae, a widely distributed and speciose (some 30 genera, 210 species) taxon. Bagrids have four pairs of well-developed barbels surrounding their…

Mutant gene responsible for FOP

From the Associated Press: Scientists have discovered a mutant gene that triggers the body to form a second, renegade skeleton, solving the mystery of a rare disease called FOP that imprisons children in bone for life. The finding, reported Sunday, may one day lead to development of a drug, not only to treat the rare…

To ER is Lynch, apparently

Which cell organelle are you? The ER You scored 50 Industriousness, 51 Centrality, and 15 Causticity! You’re the Endoplasmic reticulum! The ER modifies proteins, makes macromolecules, and transfers substances throughout the cell. It has its own membrane, and translation of mRNA happens within it. You tend to have two sides to you – sort of…

Polanyi and ID

The philosopher and chemist Michael Polanyi came up in a recent conversation I had with some colleagues, so I though I’d repost the following from last December … In 1999, Dembski established the Michael Polanyi Center – an ID institute – at Baylor University. As this article notes, Dembski appropriated Polanyi‘s name, contrary to the…

Takedown of 2005

One of the highlights of the Dover trial was the takedown of Michael Behe that occurred on Day 12, where Behe testified that “the scientific literature has no detailed testable answers on how the immune system could have arisen by random mutation and natural selection” only to be shown such literature by plaintiffs’ lead counsel…

Balancing it all

I’m glad it’s Friday – it’s been a busy week. It was the penultimate week of classes, so there were loose ends to tie-up. My three thesis students defended (and passed). I had planning meetings regarding the next year or two of my teaching and scholarship, and also talked about Hume to the oldest continuous…

Oh, why not …

Despite being a reserved leader, I have my sheep-like qualities. One of which is, like most sheep, I am talentless when it comes to Photoshop, Gimp and the like. As my Sb sibs have all done this to some degree, I though I might give this a shot … the Stranger Fruit banner competition. All…

America’s Religious Landscape

The Week in Review section of the New York Times had a piece on evangelicals in this country in which it details the tension between tradiationalist, centrists and modernists (available online here). The article appears to be prompted by the latest Pew Forum National Survey of Religion and Politcs. In brief, 26.3% of Americans are…