The Greatest Show on Earth


I just finished reading Richard Dawkins' latest gem, "The Greatest Show on Earth". It's a necessary book, as Dawkins himself points out, since something like 40% of Americans believe that the earth was created by a very productive entity in a week about 10,000 years ago. Today. They believe this, today. I would encourage anyone who is even remotely curious about evolution to pick this up and read it. Dawkins is a wonderful writer, and in this particular book he distills his wealth of knowledge on the subject of evolution into a very readable volume. I've had a problem with Genesis ever since it was first read to me in Sunday School (needless to say, I only lasted a…

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Adaptations (aka: Happy Birthday, Evolution!)


Today is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection", and I for one am feeling a little celebratory. The importance of Darwin's work cannot be understated. Last year, I took a couple of semesters worth of biology classes, and natural selection could be seen at work throughout those two very entertaining semesters, chapter after chapter, after chapter. Evolution's important shit, man! That Darwin concluded what he did before modern genetics science existed, is a testament to his genius. That evolution can be called into question as "just a theory" by noted scholars such as George W. Bush, and that this stance is perceived as acceptable to any rationally…

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