Category Archives: evolution

BOOK REVIEW: It’s a Jungle Out There!

When you live in a city like Portland, it is not at all difficult to get outside and explore in nature. Whether one of the major parks, the many smaller pockets of natural areas that dot the landscape, or the … Continue reading

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Humanist Perspectives: Connecting Children to Nature

I did a guest post for the blog of the Foundation Beyond Belief, which I copy here: Humanist Perspectives: Connecting Children to Nature This post is part of our Humanist Perspectives series. In this series, we invite guest contributors to explore active … Continue reading

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We are all connected: chemically, ecologically, and evolutionarily

Getting outside and exploring nature is great, but how do you make it personal? As a science-minded person, I think of having a connection to nature in several ways, and I share these views with Patrick as we are out … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: not a stranger

A thought: You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here. – Alan Watts, “On the Tantra,” Mademoiselle (Vol. 67, 1968). Although this quote is theological/philosophical … Continue reading

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Sean Carroll lecture on Darwin, Wallace, and evolution, March 8 in Forest Grove

From the NCSE: Dear Oregon friends of NCSE, I thought that you would like to know that Sean Carroll will be speaking on “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species” at 7:00 p.m. on March … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: evolutionary eyes

A thought: It has been my provilage and pleasure throughout this book to demonstrate how the signs of evolutionary change are plain to see no matter where we look on our planet. Although I have taken you to some exotic … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: not inevitable

A thought: No one argues the case for the inevitibility of maple trees or damselflies or aardvarks; it is always our species that is cast as the specially intended pinnacle and purpose of nature. Such hubris is absurd… If we … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: the views of others

A thought: By asking these questions [about an oak tree] we point ourselves toward observation and discovery. We actually know very little of the world, even of what surrounds us every day. It is worth taking the time to think … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: salamander

A thought: I looked at the animal resting in my palm. It raised its head very slowly, as if surfacing from underwater. White stars glistened from its moist, inky flanks. Its head wavered momentarily, then bounced up and down. The … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: environmental metaphor

A thought: Man has grown fond of late of contemplating almost with submerged pride his ancestral descent from what he regards as a savage, carnivorous ape; this his later history would imply a grain, if not several grains, of truth. … Continue reading

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