My recent favorites are, "Why Evolution is True", by Jerry Coyne, which is extremely readable and beautifully composed; and, "Your Inner Fish" by Neil Shubin, which looks at the embryonologic evolution of humans. I hope people will read Coyne and Shubin. I also just got "Evolution---the first 4 billion years" eds., Michael Ruse and Joseph Travis. It is very well done and is a great reference, covering a wide range of subtopics.
Added by Cheri on October 8, 2009 at 10:52am —
I frequently get asked the following questions with regard to the theory and processes of evolution. I hope my addressing of these questions will settle your confusions.
Question 1: Are humans evolved from apes? If so, why aren't we more alike?
Humans are members of the great ape family - along with gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and chimpanzees.
Imagine a family tree - you have one broad line with five finer lines emanating from it. To that broad line we… Continue
Added by Robert Head on August 22, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Love me some Daniel Dennett! This is an awesome… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 7:47am —
Linked from Pharyngula
This is such a great response to a request from the Discovery Institute to debate a creationist that I had to post it here:
A professor at the University of Vermont, Nicholas Gotelli, got an invitation to debate one of the clowns at the Discovery Institute. Here's what they wrote.
Added by Mike Grattan on February 19, 2009 at 3:27pm —
A Reason for Everything
Instinctively making sense of the world
by Hania Koever
Charles Darwin should be spinning in his grave: more than 40 percent of American adults still don't believe in evolution. Though Darwin's theory has been universally accepted by scientists, public resistance remains remarkably forceful. Meanwhile, creationism and intelligent design enjoy widespread public support.
UC Berkeley psychologist Tania Lombrozo is interested in why people… Continue
Added by Phillip Law on February 19, 2009 at 4:48am —
In dubious honour of Darwin's birthday, Parade Magazine wrote a dreadful article
with an equally ridiculous poll
Obviously, that poll is just screaming to be crashed so go vote. Feel free to clear (or eat) your cookies and vote again.
The article irked me because it… Continue
Added by Tao Jones on February 11, 2009 at 8:30am —
I just read a depressing article on LiveScience.com by Robert Roy Britt, discussing
the limitations and flaws inherent in most public surveys about "belief" in evolution. I have to use quotation marks there, because "belief" is absolutely irrelevant. The proper term should be acceptance
, as in "Do you accept
the evidence of biological evolution, or are you sufficiently ignorant and narcissistic to… Continue
Added by Planetologist on February 3, 2009 at 11:22am —
I got a Wacom Bamboo tablet for xmas, and have been practicing with it on a site I used to mess around on some a while back. (I post as Rook on that site because it is my favorite chess piece.)
Anyway, this is a work in progress the subject of which some people here should be familiar with.
Edit: This is it finished now.
Added by Charles Hollingshead on January 30, 2009 at 2:09am —
Comment / Help if you are reading this bs...it's all in a draft state right now. We are all so narcissistic. People are too self absorbed...
The GOP is the party of Social Darwinism... think about it.
Issue two: hypothetically there are atheists who reject evolution on the basis that it is scientific dogma. Evolution is not dogma, nor a religion, but whatever.
Finally: There IS a way to disprove the God of the Bible. I said "God of the Bible" on… Continue
Added by j on December 26, 2008 at 3:30pm —
When I was a young student in school studying ancient mythology, I always loved the fanciful tales and colorful characters, but couldn’t help but wonder why we call ancient Roman and Greek religious practices mythology and ancient Christian practices religion. If Christianity had not had such a powerful or successful PR machine behind it, we might all still be praying to Athena and worshiping Zeus, and the world’s few remaining pagans might not… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on September 12, 2008 at 6:36pm —
REDHEADS are becoming rarer and could be extinct in 100 years, according to genetic scientists.
The current National Geographic magazine reports that less than two per cent of the world's population has natural red hair, created by a mutation in northern Europe thousands of years ago.
Global intermingling, which broadens the availability of possible partners, has reduced the chances of redheads meeting and producing little redheads of their own.
It takes only… Continue
Added by Lucy on August 11, 2008 at 1:49pm —
"Consider the way that knowledge is organized at institutions of higher education. My university, like most others, includes a College of Arts and Sciences that is divided into a number of divisions. The Division of Science and Mathematics includes physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and one human-related department-psychology. The Division of Social Sciences includes anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology. These human-related subjects are often… Continue
Added by Valles Marineris on July 9, 2008 at 11:56am —