Random stuff found while procrastinating :P


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So the Church of England is apologising to Charles Darwin for criticising his theory of evolution.  The apology is pretty terrible though, at least according to the leaked text.  It includes this line, clearly aimed at the people who view evolutionary theory as evidence of the non-existence of God;

“But the struggle for your reputation is not over yet, and the problem is not just your religious opponents but those who falsely claim you in support of their own interests.”

It’s a clever piece of framing perhaps, because the use of the word “interests” make it sound like atheism is a cause people believe in.  Atheism is just the rational conclusion everybody should make with the evidence on hand.  It’s like a maths equation.  The answer remains the same regardless of what people think it is.


One of the rarest animals in the world has been photographed in the wild for the first time in years.  Here is the photo;

Woo!  There are some better pictures here though.

The animal is question is an Okapi, which is closely related to giraffes but looks a bit like a zebra.  It’s a bit of an exaggeration to say that they’re one of the rarest animals in the world, but they’re still fairly endangered.   I read all my information about animals (and plants) on EOL these days too.  It’s awesome that there is so much info there these days.


It turns out, rather unsurprisingly, that the claim that the nautilus shell follows Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio is false.  I think it’s probably likely that the exact golden ratio spiral has never actually been seen in nature, but it’s amazing how easy it is for authoritative sounding myths to perpetuate through society.


Finally, an interesting article on America’s potential first female president, Sarah Palin.


Written by beast9

September 15, 2008 at 3:04 pm

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