Category Archives: Biology

The Emergence of Life – Chapter 2

Since I’ve been featured in the 40th Carnival of Evolution, I guess I’d better get on the stick and finish this book review. Approaches to the Definitions of Life This chapter takes on two topics.  What is the definition of … Continue reading

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Fox News Doesn’t Know What a Real Scientist Is

Part of the problem with FoxNews being all about science denial is that they can’t even tell the difference between a real scientist and a pseudoscientist.  Here’s there latest article: Russian and US Scientists Gather to Hunt Down Yeti. First, … Continue reading

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Cryptonomicron and Life

from Cryptonomicon (Book Excerpt) by Neal Stephenson Let’s set the existence-of-god issue aside for a later volume, and just stipulate that in some way, self-replicating organisms came into existence on this planet and immediately began trying to get rid of … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Life – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – Conceptual Framework of Research on the Origin of Life on Earth The book is not what I expected, in entirety.  At first, I wasn’t sure I liked the direction it was taking.  I think I get it … Continue reading

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What is “Alive”?

The last post and some recent conversations have really got me thinking about this.  Just what does it mean to be alive?  What is life? Can this be answered purely in the realm of science?  I’m not totally sure.  If … Continue reading

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Your Inner Fish – Chapter 11

The Meaning of it All If there is one fundamental principle in biology it is this: every living thing on the planet had parents. Even more fundamentally, and this is obvious to anyone who observes humanity for more than a … Continue reading

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Your Inner Fish – Chapters 9-10

These are short chapters and not quite as intense as some of the others, so I’ll combine them into one post.  Plus, these two chapters are intimately related as I will describe, in some detail.   After this will be … Continue reading

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A reply to Joe Jensen

Sorry to derail the thread, it’s much easier to it this way, where I can easily do quotes and examples for you. Here’s your latest comment in it’s entirety. Hi again Ogre, Hello yourself. I’m not sure you read the … Continue reading

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Your Inner Fish – Chapter 8

Making Scents The next 3 chapters (8,9, and 10) are further, very specific, examples of how common descent directly affects systems in our bodies.  All mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians are descended from a common ancestor that had some traits.  … Continue reading

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Your Inner Fish – Chapter 7

It’s been a long time in coming, but here’s Chapter 7.  First let me say that these reviews are becoming more infrequently.  There are several reasons, but not least of these is that the chapters are becoming much more involved … Continue reading

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