I always thought this was sorta cool. The idea of messages going backward through time. Can't remember where I found this, unfortunately. 🙂
I was goofing around with some software, seeing if a certain filter gave a random or the same effect each time. Turns out it was random. When it generated this, I knew it was the one. If you look carefully, maybe with the fullsize image, you can make out a face in the circle. To... Continue Reading →
I just updated an article at earthpages.org. It is about mysticism, science and politics. The article has been kicking around earthpages since at least 2008. When I looked at it today, I couldn't believe how poorly written it was. Slightly embarrassing! I don't know why it was so lousy back then. But I do know... Continue Reading →
This is a worthwhile film about the 19th-century luminary Ernst Haeckel. I just watched it on DVD. The special features indicate that it took 22 years to make! The filmmaker creates elaborate animations of Haeckel's scientific artwork using old-school editing techniques, because he was first inspired to make the film before PCs went mainstream. Amazing.... Continue Reading →
During the early 90s I remember getting some Christian fundamentalist junk mail with the tag… “Don’t Let Darwin Make a Monkey Out Of You!”
As silly and harmful as any kind of fundamentalism can be, these people did have a point. Science has become the new religion, and few realize how the unavoidably biased interpretation of experimental results can shape our worldview.
Charles Robert Darwin (1809-82) was an English naturalist whose The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection of 1859 proposed a view of evolution in which “natural selection” determines which species survive and which perish.
In opposition to Larmarck, Darwin believed that evolutionary changes were the result of mutations.¹ New species that happened to survive in physical environments (which also changed) replaced those species that did not.
For many followers of Darwin there is no master or divine plan guiding evolution. In 1871 he wrote The Descent of Man which traced, according to the theory, mankind back to the anthropoids. The clarity of his exposition and the force of his ideas have influenced practically every aspect of modern society.
The Welsh naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, independently conceived the idea of “survival of the fittest” around the same time as Darwin. Recent challenges to this view are still deemed…
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http://youtu.be/lrHT_3cG_UI Is it just me, or is there something mildly unsettling about this?