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Charles Darwin spent most of his day chilling out

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Spending too much time at the same place doing the same thing all day is no formula for success, as Charles Darwin and many other great minds of history demonstrate. Nautilus looks at the history of highly productive slacking. (more...

Charles Darwin quotes: Famous sayings from the ‘Father of Evolution’ on his 135th death anniversary

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Famed British biologist Charles Darwin died 135 years ago on April 19. Often dubbed as the “Father of Evolution,” Darwin provided the world with explanations on the origin and evolution of living things on Earth. Darwin was born on Feb. 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, England, and was homeschooled with...

"I Do Not Believe in the Bible": Darwin's Correspondence on Biblical Religion

In September of 2015, this one-sentence letter by Charles Darwin was sold in an auction in New York City for $197,000. This brief letter could command such a high price because scholars were unaware of its existence for over a hundred...Show More Summary

The SuperManual: Darwin

Who he is: Darwin, a.k.a. Armando Muñoz His power: Darwin’s body instantly adapts to survive whatever circumstance he finds himself in. His story: In his final moments, Darwin probably wishes he never picked up Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr in his cab. Show More Summary

Meet the congressman who is pushing for a Charles Darwin Day

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes has taken on the role of promoting Darwinism in the House of Representatives, saying he believes it's the type of legislation his southwestern Connecticut constituents want … Click to Continue »

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist who outlined the theory of evolution and proposed that evolution could be

Darwin Had It Right: Work Way Less, Accomplish Way More

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Figures as different as Charles Dickens, Henri Poincaré, and Ingmar Bergman, working in disparate fields in different times, all shared a passion for their work, a terrific ambition to succeed, and an almost superhuman capacity to focus. Yet when you look closely at their daily lives, they only spent a few hours a day doing […]

Artist Coaxes Plant Roots Into Geometric Patterns

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Inspired by Charles Darwin's observation that plant roots don't just passively grow down, but actively navigate to seek moisture and nutrients, German-born artist Diana Scherer worked to manipulate plant roots into works of art. Scherer...Show More Summary

Charles Darwin handwritten page from "The Origin of Species" to be auctioned

4 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

A signed manuscript from the landmark ?The Origin of Species? by Charles Darwin will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on March 30. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online. Darwin wrote the handwritten page from the conclusion chapter from the book?s first edition in 1859. Show More Summary

Thinking About Galapagos (10): Finding God in Galapagos

The Charles Darwin Mural on Charles Darwin Avenue in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz IslandOn the last day of our tour, the Cormorant was anchored in Academy Bay, the harbor of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. In the morning, we went to see...Show More Summary

For at least $675,000, you can own a handwritten page from Charles Darwin’s manuscript of 'On the Origin of Species'

If you are among the scant 33% of U.S. adults who believe that humans and other living things evolved solely by a process of natural selection, it might be time to put your money where your mouth is. No, this is not a political fundraising pitch. It’s a notice of the impending sale, by auction,...

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 60 – On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859)

Darwin’s revolutionary, humane and highly readable introduction to his theory of evolution is arguably the most important book of the Victorian era When Charles Darwin first saw On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection,...Show More Summary

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It is not the strongest or most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change. - Charles Darwin

Quote: Darwin on chimpanzees and other primates using tools

Charles Darwin, in Descent of Man (1871) pp. 51–52: It has often been said that no animal uses any tool; but the chimpanzee in a state of nature cracks a native fruit, somewhat like a walnut, with a stone. Rengger easily taught an American...Show More Summary

Living and Loving Through Loss: Beautiful Letters of Consolation from Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

Words of comfort and compassion from Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, Johannes Brahms, and Charles Dickens.

How Should We Think About Extinction Of A Species? The Answer Lies At The Intersection Of Science And Art

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Should we be horrified by extinction? Charles Darwin didn’t think so. In On the Origin of Species, he mocked the catastrophist view of extinction as scientific illiteracy: “So profound is our ignorance, and so high our presumption, that we marvel when we hear of the extinction of an organic being; and as we do not […]

Mid-Mesozoic beetle in amber stirs questions on rise of flowering plants and pollinators

Named for Charles Darwin, the only known specimen of a newly discovered beetle, Darwinylus marcosi, died in a sticky gob of tree sap some 105 million years ago in what is now northern Spain. As it thrashed about before drowning, more than 100 clumped pollen grains were dislodged from its body and released into the resin. Show More Summary

Explainer: what is VX nerve agent and how does it work?

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Martin Boland, Charles Darwin University The substance that could be responsible for the death Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was the VX nerve agent, according to preliminary reports from Malaysian police. Kim Jong-nam died on February 13 from a seizure on...

Thinking About Galapagos (4): A Baconian Mastery of Nature for a Darwinian Contemplative Life

Hiking on South Plaza Island on Day 3 of our trip, we saw the over 500 cacti planted on this small island by the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS). They are protected by fencing. This was done because feral goals had eaten down most of the cacti on the island. Show More Summary

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