Evolution is culture

Evolutionary strategies are fighting battles in our culture right now. That is how evolution has transitioned to functioning in our big-brained animal world. We’re social animals, and our culture is an outstretched, warped version of biology. I’ve been struggling with how to digest a variety of news that has hit me over the break. I … More Evolution is culture

Fact: the Cambrian sea was both awesome and terrifying

I found a reconstruction video of Anomalocaris. Yes, that Anomalocaris. If this creature was anything like its CGI recreation, it is proof that Lovecrafian horrors did exist upon our planet. This creature fascinates and terrifies me, which is the story of my life. I love it! But it’s terrible! Behold: Here’s a bonus video on … More Fact: the Cambrian sea was both awesome and terrifying

It’s okay to be different: maybe all of us need to go back to kindergarten

Talking about gender can be difficult because of how we view the word ‘different.’ Saying ‘men and women are different’ isn’t an innocuous statement because of how we approached different. Different is not simply ‘not the same.’ In our culture, different comes with a value judgment. Different means ‘not the same and one of these … More It’s okay to be different: maybe all of us need to go back to kindergarten

Update: The Moon colony is now part of the Republican debate!

I woke up today to realize that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney fought over the existence of a lunar colony on the December 10th debate. This is the best policy issue, and by far the weirdest thing I have seen in national politics. In the midst of real economic issues, we are talking about lunar … More Update: The Moon colony is now part of the Republican debate!

Female friends: the untapped resource for fixing ‘Mary Sues’ in fiction

I just read this piece on why Comic Book Girl considers Mary Sue sexist. Here, a Mary Sue is defined, explained, and the controversy is outlined: Wish fulfillment characters have been around since the beginning of time. The good guys tend to win, get the girl and have everything fall into place for them. It’s … More Female friends: the untapped resource for fixing ‘Mary Sues’ in fiction

Newt Gingrich would like to make the movie “Moon” into real life

I’m at least thrilled that Gingrich has one policy idea that I could fully embrace. He wants start “a massive new program to build a permanent lunar colony to exploit the Moon’s resources.” He has suggested that “a mirror system in space could provide the light equivalent of many full moons so that there would … More Newt Gingrich would like to make the movie “Moon” into real life