We Understand That the “Fittest” Survive, but How Did They Get That Way in the First Place?

How do random mutations in our genes really create the kind of diversity of life we see in the world today? Charles Darwin certainly had no idea, since the genetic revolution happened long after he died.

Now, researcher and evolutionary biologist Dr. Andreas Wagner has written a book explaining how life can adapt in a way that’s much faster than simple random variations. It’s called Arrival of the Fittest:

In the excerpt below, Wagner explains the concept of the “Universal Library”:

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Happy Early Logic Day!

Last year, 9-year-old Xavier Hanson wondered if there was a non-religious holiday where people gave presents to each other. Unable to find a secular Christmas, he created his own solution: Celebrating Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s birthday (October 5) with presents involving nature and science! He’s calling it #LogicDay:



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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains His Problematic George W. Bush Misquote

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about some questionable statements Neil deGrasse Tyson makes in his presentations.

One of them in particular invoked something President George W. Bush supposedly said after 9/11 (beginning at 1:35):



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A College Professor Explains How He Dismantles the Concept of “Nonoverlapping Magisteria” for His Students

Professor David P. Barash writes in today’s New York Times about “The Talk” he gives his students regarding evolution and God. They are free to believe that God plays a role in the evolutionary process, whether He began it or guides it, but the evidence is overwhelmingly against the worlds overlapping:



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Now That’s What I Call an Introduction for Neil deGrasse Tyson

Before Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke at Apostacon last weekend, spoken word artist Victor Harris gave a fantastic introduction that involved some beautiful wordplay. The video quality isn’t great, but the audio is what matters:



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