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I remember reading Finding Darwin’s God awhile back. The first half of the book was an excellent defense of evolution and critique of creationism. The second half of the book was a poor defense of god belief. I remember thinking that if Miller had only applied the logic from the first half of his book to the second half, he would be an atheist.
If we step outside of our chauvinistic inclination to look at evolution as a process with humans as the teleological result of its process, the unfolding story of life’s continual divergence makes even more sense. As Klink illustrates, we are but a small twig on a minor branch of the Tree of Life and not necessarily its crown.
Science edition: Footage of extremely rare rhinos, the hardwood industry held hostage by small rodents, enzyme critical for cancer metastasis found, chimps build a better “fishing rod,” andscientists’ favorite Darwin readings.
Arts and oddities edition: Art inspired by Darwin, new critical habitat license plate designs for Minnesota, Pokemon fetish wear, ruining Watchmen with Photoshop, Earth landmass tangrams, Paul Simon celebrating Stevie Wonder, and Shakira for education.
On Tangled Up in Blue Guy, I often post a “Friday 419” piece. Today I will talk about a different kind of scam. Magazines and newspapers are selling you copies of their publications with the shocking revelation that Darwin’s work was not completely accurate, based on new knowledge gained since his time.
Quiche Moraine is all in for celebrating Darwin Day. Stephanie is pontificating on heroes and science, Greg is sharing a few of his favorite excerpts from Darwin’s autobiography, and Mike is digging into abiogenesis and early life.
St. Paul Proclamation
Quiche Moraine will also be out in force for the local Darwin Day party at the Bell Museum:
Darwin Day Party
Thursday, February 12, 2009, 7 to 9 p.m.
Bell Museum Auditorium
$10/free to museum members and University students
The speakers will present in the auditorium from 7 to 8 p.m. Birthday cake and refreshments are served after the presentations.
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday! Part of a world wide celebration, the Twin Cities’ version is at The Bell Museum of Natural History this Thursday night. Join in the fun with cake, drinks and presentations by U of M scientists and educators. They will present funny, outrageous and controversial rapid-fire, media-rich presentations about Darwin and evolution. From the big bang to the human genome, hear the newest research and controversy on evolution and Darwin.
See additional details and more about the genesis of the event here.
We’re also very happy to say that we all live in a metro area that recognizes the importance of Darwin’s ideas. A big thanks to Minnesota Atheists for arranging the proclamations from both of the Twin Cities.
And finally, if all the local Darwin doesn’t satisfy your Darwin Day cravings, you can find much more at the Blog for Darwin blog swarm event.
Cells also contain mitochondria, and this is one of the puzzles of early evolution. Mitochondria are symbiotic, originally a form of self-sufficient bacteria which when integrated with eukarytic cells gain and provide benefit to the host cell. Mitochondria have their own set of DNA, and this DNA provides the basis for all of its key structures which produce not only their structure, but the unique tools that the mitochondria use to convert sugar into the energy it shares with its host.
As much as anything else, Darwin’s legacy is the example of a life lived scratching that itch. Others could have discovered the same things he did. He didn’t do it by heroics but by work. He did what anyone could have done. He did what we all can do.
One look at the November 20th, 2008 cover of “Nature” will remind you that 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. To celebrate, The Bell Museum of Natural History has planned a big, fun, evolutionary birthday party with cake, drinks and presentations by University of Minnesota faculty.
Anyway, my purpose here and now is to make a few recommendations to you as to what you should read from the Charles Darwin canon. This is not from the perspective of True Darwin Scholarship. Technically, I’m not a Darwin scholar, so I would not know how to recommend the more erudite approach to this literature, and if you are a Darwin scholar, then you certainly don’t need my advice. I’m not suggesting this from the perspective of an educator in the life sciences, either. Rather, I’m suggesting specific readings (in a specific order) because I believe that this approach will captivate you and provide the most meaningful sampling of Darwin’s work with the least effort on your part.