Evolution is evolving

Religious groups that oppose Darwin’s evolution, seem to think that because scientists debate 800px-prokaryote_cell_diagramsvgthe components of the theory, that it must not be correct. What they don’t realize is that scientists ALWAYS debate, test, and question the nature world. That is the basis of the scientific method. The base argument of evolution is very sound, and can be re-created over and over again in the lab. Some of the finer points are still being fleshed out, and change over time. Here is a nice article over on Wired about evolution in the microbial world. Here is a snippet of the story.

Microbes make up much of Earth’s biomass, and they also cast into relief the shortcomings of neo-Darwinian evolution. A bucket of seawater can contain 60,000 bacterial species, and to Woese, these must be seen as a collective rather than as disparate units.

Biologists take evolution beyond Darwin
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You have probably heard of the “great” benefits of drinking water. 8 glasses of water a day, they say. It is simply not true that it does you any good, or should I say there is no conclusive evidence that drinking extra water makes you healthier. Everything in moderation my friend… I try and replace 6 of those glasses of water with beer, because we all know that wheat and barley are the staples of life…
8 glasses of water a day may not keep the doctor away!

Windows Vista has been such a fabulous flop, that Microsoft’s Bill Gates is getting excited about the release of Windows 7 next year! Along with that announcement comes the news that you can still buy Windows XP and Microsoft is going to extend its life span for 2 more years. Vista may just end up being this far off memory…
Windows 7 coming soon to a theatre near you?

And lastly, if you are on a Mac, and want to feel even more part of a community, then download this application and join up!!!
A social networking service built exclusively for Mac users!

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Was Darwin worried that his ideas would be considered dangerous?

History and repeated scientific studies have shown how right Charles Darwin was with his study of Evolution, and the groundbreaking idea of Natural Selection. 200 years after his birth, and 150 after the publishing of The Origin of Species, there is still great trepidation to accept his theories, and battles to get the bible back into the science classroom. Here is an article of that point over at richarddawkins.net.

‘Darwin’s dangerous idea’ by TheStar.com – RichardDawkins.net: Here is a small part of the article re-posted for your enjoyment…

“… there is actually more resistance, especially in America, today than there was one, two, three or even six generations ago. Why is this happening? Why, despite the fact that creationism, along with its uptown cousin “intelligent design,” keeps getting expelled (as recently as 2005’s Kitzmiller v. Dover ruling) as non-science from science classrooms by some of America’s highest courts, while Darwin’s “theory” has not only never been disproved but has actually accumulated only more supporting evidence over the decades? Why, nearly 200 years after his birth, are people so afraid of Charles Darwin…

And how many North & South Poles do you think there are? If your answer is one, then read this article…

“The Earth has more than one North Pole”

Smoking cigarettes is one of the stupidest things humans do to themselves. With all the data on how they will kill you, people still puff away anywhere they can. Even in their cars with their kids inside. They are drug addicts. Plain and simple. I feel bad for them, but they need to help themselves. Here is a nice graphic timeline of what happens to your body after you stop smoking.

Stop smoking right now…

Happy Darwin Day!!

Today is Charles Darwin‘s Birthday. Head over to www.darwinday.org to take in the celebration. charles_and_william_darwinHere is a bit of what they say about this non-denominal day of celebration.

Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin — the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity.

The Darwin Day Celebration website provides resources and publicity for individuals and institutions across the world to celebrate science and humanity every year, on, or near, February 12, Darwin’s birthday. In addition to information about the life and legacy of Charles Darwin, this website provides practical examples, advice and templates for organizing and publicizing Darwin Day events. It also provides a directory of events where you can find celebrations taking place near you or register your own event for others to find.

Recognizing science as an international language accessible to all individuals and societies, the Darwin Day Celebration provides a new global holiday that transcends separate nationalities and cultures. Darwin Day can be celebrated in many different ways: civic ceremonies with official proclamations, educational symposia, birthday parties, art shows, book discussions, lobby days, games, protests, and dinner parties. Organizers may include: academic societies, science organizations, freethought groups, religious congregations, libraries, museums, galleries, teachers and students, families and friends. In Darwin Day, we are able to recognize the diversity among us, while celebrating our common humanity and the universal understanding we share.

Though there has been much unsubstantiated debate on who discovered the mechanism of evolution(here is a breakdown of the whole affair), there is essentially no debating it’s influence on human history. Religious groups fight scientific knowledge tooth and nail, to further their ideology. Over the years I have come to appreciate the work of Charles Darwin, not just for him being able to piece together the unifying thread of all biological life on the planet, but also his determination to publish his work so as to share it with the world. The world has not been the same ever since. Though his book, ‘On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection‘, is not a barn burning thriller, it is a must read.

I would say that if you have an interest in Evolution and natural history, and are looking for some books to read, you should try to find some books by the late Stephen J Gould, with one of my all-time favourite books, Wonderful Life: Burgess Shale. He was a great writer, and had some great stories to tell. One other groundbreaking book on evolution is by Richard Dawkins. The Selfish Gene. On that note, I bid you all a

Have a Very Happy Darwin Day 2008!!

Why Darwin matters…

Here is an article on why Darwin is important to our culture, and science in general…I spent my evening debating ghosts and how the body loses 28g at death. Interesting that people think that they don’t believe in a traditional “God”, but are fine with some of these unsubstantiated claims of afterlife…I will look further into this 28g thing in posts to come…Have a good weekend!

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Darwin Day approaches.

Bigger than many other holidays, Darwin Day fast approaches. What are you doing on this special day?

Here is some stupidity for you… It is OK for a religious group to get a Club at a “secular” university, but it is not OK for a group promoting science, and non-religious beliefs to get one… And what is most shocking is that the university in question is Wilfrid-Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada!!!!! WTF???