Mar 26, 2007

nature is always weirder than you think

First movement: Peter Wall distinguishes between intuiting design and detecting design.
Nobody has yet come up with a convincing “Field Guide to Discerning Intelligence in the World,” but that did not stop my professor from insisting that I have no basis for failing to see intelligence in “natural” phenomena. Apparently it did not occur to him that since he (via Cicero, or vice versa) was making the proposition that “Intelligence is evident in natural phenomena,” it was up to him to explain why exactly that proposition should be accepted, not up to me to demonstrate why it is incorrect.
Second movement: Kerry Howley notes that twins can come from single human ova chimerically fused with two sperm.
Could our "hook-up culture" have led anywhere else? Blame gay marriage!

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