Nonrandom Evolution

“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”

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An Introduction: What is the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection?

At last gleams of light have come, & I am almost convinced (quite contrary to opinion I started with) that species are not (it is like confessing a murder) immutable.” — Charles Darwin in a letter to Joseph Hooker, January 11, 1844

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Next “Evidence for Evolution” Piece Coming Out Later Today… In the Meantime…

Part 2 of the “Evidence for Evolution” series should be out later today if everything goes to plan! In the meantime, here is a “nonrandom” selection of inspiring science related media that you may or may not have heard of! Continue reading


The Evidence for Evolution (Intro to Natural Selection)

“When it was introduced in the 1940s, penicillin was a miracle drug, especially effective at curing infections caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (“staph”). In 1941, the drug could wipe out every strain of staph in the world. Now, seventy years later, more than 95% of staph strains are resistant to penicillin.” — Dr. Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution is True, p. 131

In Why Evolution is True, Dr. Coyne used this example in the chapter entitled, “The Engine of Evolution.” The engine he’s referring to is none other than natural selection, and this little insight regarding the adaptability (evolution) of Staphylococcus aureus is excellent evidence for the theory of evolution by natural selection. It’s my go to “proof,” if you will, when someone asks me to provide proof of evolution Continue reading

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What’s Your Story, Kid? (Part 1)

“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”  ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos***

I couldn’t think of a better way to start this bio than with the opening line of Carl Sagan’s revered PBS series Cosmos, as Carl Sagan and Cosmos share most of the responsibility for rekindling my intense passion for science. I recommend that you read those words in Carl’s voice, or even better, use the link at the bottom of this page to hear him say it himself.*** My story is long and seemingly contradictory, but it serves to humanize me, and, who knows, maybe you’ll be able to relate. And that would be interesting, would it not? So, who am I? How did I get here? Why be passionate about science? What’s with the name of the blog? With those questions in mind, let us begin…

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