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Nature Loves Those Who Oppose Her Most

Why sex?  Let’s do a quick review. Sex is not about reproduction.  It’s not about creating identical copies of yourself.  It’s about mixing and matching.  It’s about playing the odds.  It’s about innovation.  It’s about creating utterly unique individuals. Individuals...

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The Tale of the Loony Dinosaurs Who Flew

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, And when we find someone whose Weirdness is compatible with ours, We join up with them and fall in Mutual weirdness and call it love. —Robert Fulghum Can gaudy displays of bling really lead to breakthroughs?  Can...

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Is Sex Seven Dimensional Chess?

Why did nature allow you, the gaudiest and most wasteful plants in history, you flowering plants, you angiosperms, to thrive?  Why did she favor you despite your sins, your sins of materialism, consumerism, waste, and vain display?  Because your sins were blessings in...

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Julian Assange and the Axis of Evil

In a hearing in September, a British court ruled against extraditing famed leaker Julian Assange to the US after a psychiatrist told the judge that if Assange were deported, he would commit suicide.  On October 27th,  lawyers representing the United States said that...

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Seduction Scalpels Reality

Over 100 million years ago, you flowering plants went through wild gyrations to reshape yourselves as insect attractors, insect manipulators, and insect payday providers.  But you did more. You also reshaped the genes, bodies, and behaviors of insects.   You remade...

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Pay Them With Perfume

In our last exciting episodes, trees had defied gravity, scraped the skies, and with 200,000 leaves per tree had hogged up all the sunlight.  You a land plant only a few feet high, were frantically trying to work around the edges of that light monopoly.  To do it, you...

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Space Can Save The Earth – Shatner’s Flight

Three weeks ago, Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations, blasted billionaires for joyriding “to space while millions go hungry on Earth.”    His spokesman reaffirmed that complaint October 13th after William Shatner’s flight on Blue Origin’s New...

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Seduce The Gods: Plant Pornography

Evolutionary breakthroughs do not just fashion new kinds of legs, wings, and brains.  They do not just generate new forms of individuals.  They often create something we overlook when we obsess on the origin of new species.  They create new networks of interaction,...

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Blood and the Brig

A few days after America’s controversial withdrawal from Afghanistan, the commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, made a video and a series of Facebook postings in which he accused  the top...

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