Monthly Archives: March 2011

History of the Scientific Method

The lab that I work in has these weekly ‘physics’ talks, where someone from the lab has to present a talk on something science-y that may interest everyone else. I call them physics talks, mainly because they are usually about … Continue reading

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Japan and Donating

So I woke up this morning hoping to donate $25 dollars to Japan (my incentive to do so wasn’t, unfortunately, from reading newspapers/blogs or watching CNN or the news, since I, on the whole, don’t do those things, but instead … Continue reading

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Expert Opinion and the Need for Critical Thinking

I watched a nice little video from Ted.com, about the need for people to continue to be critical even in the face of expert opinions. I, on the whole, agree with her, but I have several issues/points of thought that … Continue reading

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Ruminations on Religion, and Meaning in the Void

Religion, to me, is savagely interesting. Some of the reasons for this include: The evolution of religious/supernatural thought (evolutionary psychology) The ontological/metaphysical consequences if religious beliefs were true (philosophy) The history of religion: how religious beliefs progress and change in … Continue reading

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These Are a Few of My Favourite Things (About Evolution): Pt. 3: Endosymbiosis

You guessed it: another post about evolution. This time it’s the third of four (?), the other two being about Endogenous Retroviruses and the Liver Lancet Fluke’s Reproductive Cycle. This post is about endosymbiosis, which is like an extreme version … Continue reading

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Evolution of Species and Languages, and Their Definitions

Oh lord. This post took me a while because I was trying to find what book I read that made me want to write it. The book I was reading (maybe John Ralston Saul’s A Fair Country) was talking about … Continue reading

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Evolution and Origami

I’m currently making my way through BBC’s David Attenborough narrated series Life in the Undergrowth, which is all about insects. First of all, although now it seems patently obvious, the first episode really helps you see how the first insects … Continue reading

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