Stated Clearly

I came across the Stated Clearly website from browsing Kickstarter. (I’ve backed a few projects this year, but I’m still waiting for the first benefits to arrive). Stated Clearly’s mission is:

To promote the art of critical thinking by exposing people from all walks of life, to the simple beauty of science. We do this by taking complicated scientific topics such as “What is DNA and how does it work” and creating short, information rich animations that explain the topic in clear language.

They are doing this by producing videos (and some articles) that explain topics, so far mostly relating to evolution lasting about 8 or 9 minutes—some are a bit shorter, others a bit longer. Obviously, in this length of time, the treatment of any topic is hardly exhaustive, but the ones that I’ve watched so far have given a very understandable overview. I definitely learned something from the ones I have watched so far: I now know what the Miller-Urey experiment is for one.

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Greater than the sum of its parts 

It is rare for a new animal species to emerge in front of scientists’ eyes. But this seems to be happening in eastern North America

Source: Greater than the sum of its parts | The Economist

Interesting.

Gene Duplication May Be the Cause of Human Brains

It is very likely that a total accident is one of the reasons humans evolved into intelligent creatures.

via Gene Duplication May Be the Cause of Human Brains | Smilodon’s Retreat.

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Winning vs. Not Losing

It’s not about winning, it’s about not losing.

via Winning vs. Not Losing | Smilodon’s Retreat.

Succinct and explanatory.

The Genographic Project

During the course of my reading about evolution, I came across the National Geographic Genographic Kit. The kit enables you to take DNA swabs and send them to the Genographic Project for analysis. The blurb says:

By participating, you will:
• Discover the migration paths your ancient ancestors followed hundreds—even thousands—of years ago, with an unprecedented view of your ancestral journey.
• Learn what percentage of your genome is affiliated with specific regions of the world.
• Find out if you have Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry.
• Have the opportunity to share your story and connect with other Genographic Project participants, helping us fill in the gaps in the human story.

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Is personality unique to humans?

Although we often like to think otherwise, our personalities are just as much the products of natural selection and evolution as our upright stance and large brains.

via BBC News – Is personality unique to humans?.

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Review: Why Evolution Is True

I’ve just finished reading Why Evolution Is True by Jerry Coyne. I personally don’t (and never did) have any doubts about the scientific Theory of Evolution, or Darwinism. Unfortunately, it is staggering how many people do. I was wasting some time a few days ago playing with the app, Voice Polls. It’s a kind of instant opinion poll.

 

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Only 37% answer “science and evolution”; 33% say “god” and 30% “both”

It’s a bit hard to read the numbers for anything but the top choice, so I’ve added them in the caption. What this amounts to is that 63% of responders think god had a hand in human creation.

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22 Responses To Buzzfeed’s 22 Messages From Creationists On Evolution And The Origin Of Life

22 Responses To Buzzfeed’s 22 Messages From Creationists On Evolution And The Origin Of Life.

A very, interesting and well-reasoned piece.