Robert Irwin has an interesting TLS review of Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950, by Marwa Elshakry, about the reception of Darwinism in the Arab world (thanks for the link, Paul!). Most of it is not of particular LH interest, but I was struck by this: For a long time, the reception of Darwinism was bedevilled […]
Some conservation strategies assume that the evolutionary distances between species on a phylogenetic 'tree of life' (a branching diagram of species popularized by Charles Darwin) can be used to predict how diverse their biological features will be. Show More Summary
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” ~ Charles Darwin And so too for today’s marketer. In our unforgiving world of fast changing markets and a 26 month average tenure for CMO’s, leading marketers couple instinct [...]
Ask for a schooner in Victoria and you’ll get a blank look. Ask for a pot in Darwin and you’ll probably be arrested. This is a handy guide to the different names for beer glass sizes around Australia. More »
Darwin's idea of natural selection is simple. Good mutations are passed on, because the animals who have them will survive to reproduce. But how do you pass on those good mutations in honeybee colonies, where most bees are sterile workers who never have babies? A group of researchers decided to find out. Read more...
: Eleanor Roosevelt, March 6, 1944: >Friday night the Cabinet dinner was given to the President in the White House, and afterwards under Staff Sergeant Virgil Fox's direction, Sergeant Donald Benjamin, Corporal Glenn Darwin and Private First Class Erno Valasek gave us a delightful program like those they give in the various hospitals. Show More Summary
In 71 percent of all songbird species with available data, the female sings, too. This is remarkable because in the wake of Darwin’s theory of evolution, birdsong has generally been seen as a characteristic of male birds, allowing them to compete with other males and attract females. Show More Summary
I don't care that I don't have kids. I still want this:
Since the days of Darwin, scientists have considered bird song to be an exclusively male trait, resulting from sexual selection. Now a team of researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the University of Melbourne in Australia, Leiden University in the Netherlands and The Australian National University says that's not the whole story. read more
The 69th carnival of evolution is up at Scientific American’s S.E. Gould’s Lab Rat Blog. HERE.
Size differences among fish and competition for breeding space lead to the formation of new species, according to a new study, but empirical evidence for this is scarce, despite being implicit in Charles Darwin’s work and support from theoretical studies. Show More Summary
Competition may play an important role during the evolution of new species, but empirical evidence for this is scarce, despite being implicit in Charles Darwin's work and support from theoretical studies. Dr Martin Genner from Bristol's...Show More Summary
Why is the existence of God beyond the scope of science for Darwin? Darwin’s Origin of the Species ends with the following sentence: There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has […]
LA producer and Goombawave master P. Morris, formerly MORRI$, released his latest mixtape today aptly named Debut. Along with the 12 track album that weaves and intertwines a whole mix of hip-hop […] Related posts: Darwin vs The Machine: Interactive Documentary Nit Grit’s eponymous debut [album review] Ninja Tune to release Slugabed’s debut album
To paraphrase how my co-religionists limn the Reconstructionist movement…. …There is no god, and Darwin is his prophet: A Michigan man fatally shot himself in the head while he was teaching his girlfriend gun safety, according to The Detroit Free Press. Police said that the man, whose name was not released, had been trying to [Read more...]
Creationism is back in the news, following the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate and the recently released HBO documentary, "Questioning Darwin." Many writers, including myself, have argued that creationism is neither religion nor science, but rather a thinly veiled political doctrine. Show More Summary
Robert Frank of Cornell University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the implications of Ronald Coase's views on externalities. Drawing on his book, The Darwin Economy, Frank explores the implications of Coase's perspective for assessing public policy challenges where one person's actions affect others. Show More Summary
The world just finished celebrating the birthday of Charles Darwin on February 12th, who, I’m sure you’re aware, was the originator of the evolutionary Theory of Natural Selection. Known as his dangerous idea, it was outlined in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species by Means...
In a review of Brilliant Blunders, a new book that chronicles famous mistakes in scientific history, Freeman Dyson revisits a critical period for the theory of evolution. He turns his attention to Gregor Mendel, the Austrian monk whose theory of inheritance would have made a powerful complement to Darwin’s groundbreaking ideas, had Darwin known about […]
Darwin’s visiting ice jet, a much modified Falcon 20, is nearing the end of its research flights into the towering columns of the Top End of Australia’s famously violent and spectacular wet season or monsoonal storms. It has been using probes that emit microwave energy to explore in unprecedented detail the properties of little studied [...]