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Schenk Forest and Orchards

As I contemplate the New Year, I’ve been thinking about manmade semi-wild places and what they mean to me. I’m about to teach a class called Religion and the Environment. I’ve watched with interest the debates this year about protecting … Continue reading

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My Abstract for the Evolution: the Experince Conference

Evolution: the Experience is an upcoming confrence held in Melbourne, Australia in February 2009: Here is a discription. 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of his landmark publication On the Origin … Continue reading

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Her left brain is nuked and she glimpses something of her spirit

I have described my own loss of mental functioning (here) and have explored the deep physicality of our brain/mind interface in this blog. In a recent book, My Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte Taylor writes about a brain hemorrhage in … Continue reading

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‘Why my shoes are mad at me’ or ‘Can a person ever really get along with the number nine?’

In a recent issue of Nature is a fascinating article about a tug-of-war between male derived genes and female derived genes, which may play out in cognitive disorders like autism. Evo-devo is a relatively new science that explores not only … Continue reading

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The Shrew in my Brain: Snakes and the Evolved Body—Part II

Hopefully, you are now convinced by the evidence in Part I, that I am not afraid of snakes. The point being, not that I am fearless and brave, but this: I am jogging along the banks of the Danube, I … Continue reading

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Some are born afraid of snakes, and others have snake-fear thrust upon them: Part I

While spiders used to terrify me, I’ve never been afraid of snakes. Lots of things are. Especially mammals and birds. Especially mammals and birds eaten by snakes. And especially mammals and birds that snakes can bite with lethally poisonous fangs. … Continue reading

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95% of Gay Dolphins Agree: Card is Right About Homosexuality’s Unnaturalness

Orson Scott Card as done it again and written another masterwork in which he tries to evaluate the science of homosexuality! I hardly ever agree with him when he writes about science (although I must admit I’ve always been a … Continue reading

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