Happy Birthday Mark Twain

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. – Mark Twain

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
– Mark Twain

Yup, today is Mark Twain’s 174th birthday (if I have done my math right) Twain was born on 11/30/1835

Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
– Mark Twain

Update: As Duane points out it is actually Samuel Langhorne Clemens’ birthday. Being an ardent fan, I am of course, embarrassed at my faux pas. Continue reading

Congratulations to the Ladens!

The are the proud parents of Huxley D. Laden. Go congratulate them!

150th Anniversary of The Origin of Species

And what should arrive in my mailbox for review? A copy of Darwin in Galapagos: Footsteps to a New World. Cool! I’ll be reviewing it when time permits. At any rate, here is a bit from The Origin of Species: Continue reading

Luskin on National Geographics Website? Why?

National Geographic has an Intelligent Design vs. Evolution feature that gives some time to Casey Luskin. One has to wonder why. To their credit National Geographic counters Luskin with Don Prothero. An example, in talking about the evolution of whales we get this nonsensical argument from Luskin:

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In Memorium: Dell Hymes

The New York Times is reporting that Dell Hymes has passed away – apparently of complications due to Alzheimer’s. Although Hymes was primarily interested in linguistics, I am most familiar with him through Reinventing Anthropology a book he edited that was quite radical and groundbreaking for it’s time. It still holds up well.

Weird Crocodilyforms of the Sahara

National Geographic has an interesting story about some interesting crocodilyforms that have been found in the Sahara.
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Damn! Comfort Is Passing Out Copies of The Origin Early

Apparently Ray’s plans have changed. Anybody out there snag an extra copy that they would be willing to donate to a 3.5-2.8 million year old hominin?