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Moses Battles the Pterodactyls (4)

March 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

[We continue to mark Darwin’s bicentennial by doling out my talk on his cultural wallop.  So far we’ve run through some misconceptions, the melancholy tale of the brontosaurus (to whom we will return), and the background of the Scopes trial.  We’re ready to meet some of the principals.] Bryan is such a complex character that it’s a […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Education · Misconceptions · Politics

Moses Battles the Pterodactyls (3)

February 27th, 2009 · No Comments

[We continue to mark Darwin’s bicentennial by serializing my talk on the cultural impact of his work.  So far, we’ve touched on some of the popular misconceptions of his ideas, and on the flurry of legislation leading up to the Scopes Trial in the U.S.] Meanwhile, paleontologists, like dirty little kids, had been scrabbling in […]

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Tags: Animals · Belief Systems · Education · Misconceptions · Politics

Moses Battles the Pterodactyls (2)

February 20th, 2009 · 5 Comments

[We resume the serialization of my talk on the cultural hurly-burly that greeted Darwin’s theories.  As we open this section, our animal friends are really going at it.] Lions and tigers make ligers and tigons; camels and llamas make camas; antelopes give taxonomists nightmares.  Mules have been known to foal baby mules; yaks, bison, and […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Education · Misconceptions · Politics · The Ineffable

Laws and Sausages (2)

December 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

To our earlier post (10/21/08), illustrating the classic axiom, we add this variant.  It’s from 1902, from Underwood & Underwood; the caption reads “Try our sausages!  Made while you wait!– you can see just what you’re getting!” (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Animals · Belief Systems · Politics · Stereoscopy · Symbols

A Micronation Postscript

November 21st, 2008 · No Comments

The story of Lundy is familiar to all micronation buffs: a small island off the coast of England, declared a sovereign nation by its owner, Martin Harman, in 1925.  But it’s good to see its lovely stamps, issued in that unique denomination, the Puffin. (Posted by Doug Skinner) 

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Tags: Animals · Places · Politics

Geography Awareness Week

November 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

November 16 marked the beginning of National Geography Awareness Week.  Whether “national” indicates an emphasis on native geographical awareness, or is meant to suggest that we as a nation need to brush up on world geography, is unclear.   Without getting too theoretical, I’d like to point out that geography is a social construct.  Unlike […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Eccentrics · Places · Politics

The Biggest Game in the World

October 31st, 2008 · No Comments

If you’re still undecided as to how to celebrate your God-given American Freedoms – in this case, when voting next Tuesday – you’ve always got Politics Party Pun to choose for you. Yes folks, this is indeed “the biggest GAME in the world.” Like a cross between, Old Maid, craps, dreidel, and gambling, this game […]

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Tags: Belief Systems · Clubs and Associations · Diversions · Ephemera · Politics · Suggestions