Tag Archives: Evolution

The Revolver- Look Closer Edition by David from Raptitude

http://www.raptitude.com/2011/07/the-revolver-look-closer-edition/

At the beginning of American Beauty, just as Lester Burnham is beginning is spectacular breakdown, the movie’s tagline can be seen behind him, pinned to the wall of his cubicle. A little white sticker reads, “Look closer.”

Photo by: Senscience
http://www.raptitude.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/roundabout.jpg

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Another GREAT Post from David @ Raptitude…

Another GREAT Post from David @ Raptitude…

I can’t say this enough times, Raptitude is an amazing website full of well thought out and elegantly written posts that, if you give yourself the time to read, has the potential to a enhance your quality of time spent on this watery rock called Earth.

I will be sharing a link to his posts often but i encourage anyone who reads this to bookmark Raptitude and subscribe to the rss feed.


photo by: David Cain and the Raptitude website

The link:

The internet allows us to share a brain, sort of. You have an idea, or an understanding, and now it can be anyone’s, with no need to get a  publisher to agree that it’s worth sharing. If that idea changes the way someone lives, that change can change the way someone else lives, and that’s all culture is. Twenty years ago this medium wasn’t a part of our lives, and now we’re influencing each other at an astonishing rate. This is evolution.

http://www.raptitude.com/2011/07/the-revolver/

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO CHANGE?

Laying in my bed, not doing anything except watching an episode of House and trying to figure out how to get outta work tonight. I hear this little nugget of wisdom:

Time changes everything. That’s what people say. It’s not true. Doing things changes things. Not doing things leaves them exactly as they were. -House

http://www.holliesquotes.com/life/page39.htm

Ok, I’ve been a subscriber to the time changes theory. Its been a year and nothing is changing in a hurry. So….what shall I DO?

I would love some feedback on this post. Anyone with a suggestion is much appreciated.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO CHANGE?

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3 words that encompass a future…

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Different than today.

The “Uncertainty” Effect | Big Questions Online

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The “Uncertainty” Effect | Big Questions Online.

The “Uncertainty” Effect

Reminding people that they can’t always control the outcomes of situations decreases their belief in Darwinian evolution.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

In his latest blog posting, Tom Rees looks at a recent study that showed how reminding students about their lack of control over life’s outcomes can affect their belief in Darwin’s theory of evolution (with an emphasis on randomness), as well their views on “intelligent design” (which posits a controlling God) and Simon Conway Morris‘ theory of evolution, labeled CMTE (which frames the process as “orderly and predictable,” but without a controlling external agent):

Without the “loss of control” priming, almost none of them approve of ID—or, for that matter, CMTE.
But when primed to feel loss of control, the students were much more likely to prefer either ID or CMTE (although still a large majority accepted evolution).
So the students seem to compensate for their feeling of anxiety and uncertainty induced by their loss of control by turning to theories about life that reassure them that there is some kind of plan in place.
All this may help explain why evolution is unpopular in parts of the world where life is full of uncertainty. And it might help explain why religion and rejection of evolution so often go hand in hand. Both are tools that provide compensatory control.
The researchers have a graph to illustrate the effect:

And they conclude in their paper that:
although it has been argued that science and religion are fundamentally opposed explanations of life … , it seems that they can be deployed interchangeably to restore order … . As we have seen in this study, framing Darwin’s Theory of Evolution as depicting an orderly and predictable process reduced the need to bolster belief in a supernatural agent. In other words, increases in religious belief under threat are nullified when other (even science-based) options to restore order are present. To conclude, because of its emphasis on random processes the theory of evolution in its original form will in all probability continue to spark controversy around the world, especially in uncertain times.
 

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Heather Wax: Science + Religion Today

Heather Wax has been covering issues at the intersection of science and religion since 2003 and spent three years as the features editor of Science & Spirit magazine.

The UN-Grammafication of America continues

 The UN-Grammafication of America continues and continues to piss off Grandmas everywhere…Psychologically, it is an evolutionary imperative that language will evolve, much like its speakers. The problem is, this phonetic evolution usually leaves the previous generation feeling a bit communicatively chafed. Theres a whole group of Syntax Scorned Seniors shaking a rigid finger at an out of control youth.

I am a rabid word blender on a mission to make my modifications mainstream. I advise everyone to get on board and become their own Grammar Guru.

One of my favorite sites:

http://wordlust.blogspot.com/

http://www.good.is/post/word-blending-linguistic-crossbreeds-from-smog-to-snowverload/

http://muse.dillfrog.com/ambiguous_words.php

Some other links on the subject:

http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/linguistics/change.jsp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_change

http://www.pbs.org/speak/words/sezwho/change/

http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/langevol.html

http://www.drgrammar.org/frequently-asked-questions