Category Archive: evolution

Sep 21 2011

If Cole Porter Were An Evolutionary Psychologist…

It’s a reproductive message And I’m passing it along I read it in my DNA And wrote it in this song It’s just a reproductive message A reproductive message to you It’s an imperative of nature It’s not just my excuse There is no greater calling Than “survive and reproduce” It’s an imperative of nature …

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Aug 26 2011

38 Percent

Some say God used evolution As His “how it’s done” solution, As a way that they can reconcile the two opposing views But that reconciliation Lives in pure imagination It’s a compromise that’s simply not available to choose Middle ground, which they’re demanding Shows a lack of understanding Intervention means the process wasn’t natural at …

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Feb 11 2009

Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin (You Were Right)

On the newsstand at the stationThere it was, a publicationWith a bold prevaricationWhere it asked “Was Darwin Wrong?”Darwin stands among the giantsOf our modern view of scienceSo, in answer and defianceI’m replying in this song: Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin, take a look around today—You might recognize the path we took, cos you showed us the …

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Oct 12 2008

Ignorance Ain’t Bliss For Me

“I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day”–Douglas Adams Think of the things a flagellum would tell ‘emIf only they knew how to open their eyesThe stuff they could see through their glasses surpassesTheir presuppositions, distortions and liesIf all they believe is the bible, they’re liableTo miss a real world …

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May 06 2008

Apology #130 to William Shakespeare

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the spotSome mussels have to tell the dark from light;A complex lens, this mollusk it has not—One could not claim a mussel has true sight.I have seen pigment cups for eyes in snailsBut no such eyes my beauty doth possess—To see a light’s direction, sans detailsIs not the job …

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Apr 23 2008

A Lizard Is A Lizard Is A Lizard

A lizard will remain a lizardEven if it grows a gizzard. Even if it grows some fur,A lizard’s what it always were; A lizard will be of that ilkDespite evolving glands for milk; A lizard with an upright stance–Could that be different? Not a chance! A lizard standing on two legs,Who bears live young instead …

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Feb 13 2008

The Evolutionary Biology Valentine’s Day Poem

I suppose it is inevitable, on Valentine’s Day, that we will see scores of stories of “what love is”, citing one branch of science or another, or forgoing the science to bring out the poets. It always bothers me, though, to see some neurotransmitter named as the “cause” of this or that sensation, because it …

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Jan 02 2008

Of Trees, and Life, and Fun

Clicking in through a post at The Loom, I was led to a wonderfully inspirational site, the Interactive Tree Of Life! For some people, a site like this puts them immediately in mind of Darwin. Others, Linnaeus. Others, Gould. Others, others. Not me. Me, I see a site like this and immediately think of Ogden …

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Dec 23 2007

The giraffe song (not the unicorn song)

Over on “Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)“, there is an unfair contest going on. Unfair, because (apparently) GrrlScientist likes graphics. “Please show us in a picture because as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words”, she says. Hmph. I have only 345 words for her: A long time ago, if you check …

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Oct 24 2007

DI speak with forked tongue…

So, PZ reports that the Discovery Institute people are shocked–shocked, I tell you–that Ben Stein and Bill O’Reilly think that Intelligent Design requires the intervention of a deity. Could it be that they want it both ways? “If you believe in God, then goddiddit. If you don’t, the theory makes no claims at all about …

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