Recent Articles In Biology
I kept forgetting to write this blog - for years, in fact.  I came up with the basic theory in the early '80's and assumed that some paleontologist or evolutionary theorist would derive it independently, or someone would shoot it down.  So far as I know, neither has happened and more evidence in its favor is accumulating, while I, in turn, have become incrementally more knowledgeable, as well.  So, before I lose it to Alzheimer's or a stroke, etc., I figured I better get this in p...
For years I thought I understood what causes heart attacks. The arteries narrow due to cholesterol build up and such until they get so blocked that eventually a blood clot gets stuck and voila.

While that does happen, apparently in most cases apparently it’s inflammation that does us in.  Specifically, cholesterol and such coat the arteries which then get covered by the body’s natural defense. Eventually, this will swell a bit and burst, releasing a substance that causes the blockage r...
I’m on the plane on my way to Seattle so i don’t have the book in front of me but I’m reading an interesting book by the same author of the Singularity who outlines his belief that if we can live until around 2024 that we’ll enter an age where dying becomes very rare.

His position is that between now and 2024 we’ll reach a level of biotechnology where the big killers – cancer and heart disease will be well on their way out thanks to our exponentially increasing understanding of our living s...
     As there seems to be an ongoing debate on Joeuser about evolution, I've decided to write a little article which clears up a few common mistakes, and answers a few objections against it.

 

     1. What is Evolution?

Evolution is a scientific theory which accounts for the diversity and change in populations of organisms over time. Or, in the words of noted Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Douglas Futuyma:

"Biological evolution is...change in ...
May 15, 2009 by Leauki on The Leauki Empire
In a reply to an article about fake evolution linked to above...

 

I think the "question" should not be "Why is evolution so important to some people?" because that is easily answered. ("It's science.")

The question should be "Why is fake evolution so important to some people?" whith "fake evolution" being whatever lie Creationists can tell about what evolution is.

Is it really so difficult for people "critical" of evolution at least to write an article about the subject that do...
May 13, 2009 by Leauki on The Leauki Empire
Evolution is not about and has nothing to do with:

1. Theism or atheism.

2. The origin of the universe.

3. The origin of life.

4. One species turning into another.*


5. Christianity.

6. Religion.

7. Politics.

8. Abortion.**

9. Morality and ethics.**

10. Eugenics.***

11."Micro-evolution" and "macro-evolution".****

Any article mentioning any of those as having anything to do with evolution is not about evolution.

 

*Species branch, they do not turn i...
December 30, 2008 by Leauki on The Leauki Empire
According to the theory of evolution one species does not turn into another species. How one species can evolve into two species without ever crossing a "species border" is apparently more difficult to understand than I thought.

When I first learned about the theory of evolution, understanding how different species evolve was no problem for me. I didn't know it was difficult for others. It is.

If you don't understand evolution (for example, if you believe that evolution is about one specie...
November 28, 2008 by Leauki on The Leauki Empire
May 14 2008 Religion

Theories and Fairy Tales

As was mentioned many times before, the evolution of one species into two can be observed in the lab. I believe they usually use fruitflies.

The theory of evolution says that what works in the lab explains what happened in the real world as well. There is no reason to assume that fruitflies (or any animal) stop reproducing just before two populations stop being compatible enough to interbreed (definition of species).

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August 28, 2008 by Leauki on The Leauki Empire
A lot has been made off the so-called controversy between Creationism and biology.

And ever interested in controversy I have decided to give an example of Intelligent Design.

 

When I entered the office this morning I noticed a strange construction (I thought), which looked like two rooms with double doors that opened when I pressed a button. The rooms were not immediately obvious to me since the doors failed to open until quite some time after I pressed what looked like the doorbe...
I got this from a friend and before posting this I checked it out with a reputable Scientist I know...... and he said....yes this is true.  Thought it was interesting and wish I was able to post a picture but since I'm a complete idiot about such things I'll leave it up to....SC where are you? 

A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio...and I was BLOWN AWAY! I want to share what I learned....but I fear...
Okay, I'm just going to outline a few things that creationists can't seem to grasp about the evolutionary process.

 

When they bring up the "lighning striking a mud puddle" argument and the first appearance of life-that's not evolution.  It has nothing to do with evolution. Life from nonlife is addressed in theories about abiogenesis. (Click the link there, read about it.)

Evolution starts with a pre-existing lifeform and seeks to describe how it as a species changes...
This is so cool, the future is looking up.

 
February 2, 2008 by OckhamsRazor on Ock's World
Recent genetic research has uncovered that all blue eyed people share a common ancestor, so leave me a note if you have blue eyes. We're family!

Article on the subject
Found this site: http://skeptoid.com/ and here's a nice little transcript from it that I came across.  This is written/spoken by Brian Dunning.  It's good.

  Some creationists may be concerned that some of their standard arguments against evolution sound dismissive or patronizing. This is probably true: in any debate, it's common to frame your opponent's arguments in a weak light. Sometimes this is done deliberately to make evolution sound ridiculous, and sometimes it...
November 30, 2007 by SanChonino on The Suck!™
If there's one thing you need to know about me, I have no patience for stupidity. In fact, it's one of the most infuriating things I encounter on a regular basis. Few things will cause me to fly off on someone quicker than their foolishness.

Now, usually in person, I hide this absolute contempt beneath a veneer of niceties; I maintain my cool, and keep from getting out of control. (If there's one thing I can do better than most anyone, it's keep my cool – just ask Cedarbird, because it pis...