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Nature’s “Evolution Gems”

Some of you may already have seen this (for example, PZ has mentioned it), but Nature has put together a short PDF document that gives fifteen lines of “evidence for evolution by natural selection” [here]. Here’s the list (stolen from PZ): The discovery of Indohyus, an ancestor to whales. The discovery of Tiktaalik, an ancestor…

  Carl Zimmer is presenting a series of posts by Ken Miller in which Miller takes on DI-flack Casey Luskin’s attempt to claim that he misrepresented research regarding the evolution of clotting proteins when he gave testimony in Kitzmiller v. Dover (way back in 2005). See here and here. The third – and final –…

Combating the cosmic process.

PZ has a post up discussing some abject stupidity over at WorldNetDaily. Sign #1 of stupidity is that the WND columnist (a lawyer, no less) refers to “Origins [sic] of Species” as being Darwin’s 1859 work which legitimized “a pagan, anti-God worldview rooted in fascism, socialism and eugenics and to propagate these diabolical ideas throughout…

(This review appeared in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology in 2005) As human beings, we like to tell stories–we are story-telling apes. As scientists, however, we tend not to see ourselves as telling stories for, we are led to believe, stories are mere fiction. Yet when faced with answering the question of why or…

(A review from Journal of the History of Biology 2004) In the years following the publication of Origin of Species, George Romanes developed his theory of physiological selection in which he posited that “physiological peculiarities” lead to hybrid sterility between individuals and thus isolation which would allow natural selection to “promote diversity of character, and…

(Another review that was published a few years back, in this case in Isis in 2001. Alter’s book is still in print and still worth reading.) Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was written in a vivid style and, as such, is frequently studied as much as literature as scientific text. Particularly notable is Darwin’s use…

Some news out of ASU

Two quick shots … Firstly, ASU is planning to install a 2 megawatt roof-top solar grid that will provide over 20% of the power to our campus. The installation is expected to be completed by the end of the year. That’s enough to run 4,600 computers and reduce carbon emissions by 2,825 tons per year,…

Sometime in the Devonian

Look at the evidence

Darwin’s Reach

Hofstra University solicits submissions for an interdisciplinary conference titled "Darwin’s Reach: A Celebration of Darwin’s Legacy across Academic Disciplines," to be held March 12-14, 2009. Primatologist Frans de Waal, paleontologist Niles Eldredge, and Judge John Jones (who wrote the Dover decision on teaching evolution) will be among the keynote speakers.