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John Lynch

Remembering Charlie Lockwood

My colleague and friend Kaye Reed has a nice remembrance of Charlie Lockwood in the current issue of Evolutionary Anthropology. I had reason to mention Charlie during my “Last Lecture” and will admit to getting a little choked-up. The article is unfortunately behind a paywall, but any good university library should have access.

In the past I have argued that historians of science probably need to get more involved with the fight for good science education. Michael Barton has brought my attention to historian Abigail Lustig giving testimony before the Texas Board of Education.

My Last Lecture

Last night I was honored to be the first of three faculty members to take part in the 14th annual Last Lecture series here at ASU. The other two talks are next week. In the interests of completeness, I’m posting the slides here, though they are even more cryptic than usual. See if you can…

Friday Felid #17

Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis L. (source)

The left has the dumbth as well

PZ gets it right regarding the Huffington Post: It’s the People magazine of the lefty blogosphere. Why anyone pay’s attention while Jim Carrey spouts on about autism, I don’t know.

Keynote v Powerpoint

OK, quick question! As regular reader will know, I have migrated to a Mac. I have tons of presentations in Powerpoint which, while written on a PC, open seamlessly on the new machine. However, when I open them in Keynote, some stuff (often charts) get screwed up and I have to regenerate the slide. Question…

Nominally my last lecture

On Thursday I will give a “Last Lecture” at ASU. I’m one of three faculty chosen by students to deliver a talk as if it were our last ever. Here is a news story about the event and below is the portion referring to me: Lynch tells his students that an undergraduate degree is only…

Was There A Darwinian Revolution?

My recent talk at the Sam Nobel Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is now available online on iTunes as a podcast. Here is the link to SNOMNH’s podcast feed. So settle down with a fine beverage and watch me for an hour or so. Feel free to comment below. Oh, and here are the slides:

Saturn and environs

The Big Picture has gorgeous shots taken by the Cassini probe. Above is Rhea.

Slouching towards stupidity

John West over at the DI moans: David Klinghoffer has a provocative essay commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. Klinghoffer notes that Columbine killer Eric Harris was inspired in part by his fanatical devotion to Darwinian natural selection, a trait Harris unfortunately shared with many opponents of human dignity…