Category Archives: Nature

Quora – Source of variation

What causes variations among individuals of the same species? Get a modern text book on biochemistry, and another on computational theory, and start reading. There seem to be an infinite class of possible causes of variations, chemical, behavioural, environmental, in … Continue reading

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Thoughts driving home from meeting Richard Dawkins in Christchurch

Attended Richard Dawkins event in Christchurch, and had a short conversation with him at the meet and greet afterwards These are transcriptions from 3 recordings made driving home Saturday morning, while driving home, listening to a lecture on the development … Continue reading

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Quora – fungi in multicellular organisms

Quora – What are fungi in multicellular organisms called? Depends entirely what they are doing there. They can be working cooperatively with the organism, in which case they can be somewhere on the spectrum of symbiotic associations; or they can … Continue reading

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Close call – big rock got close

Copied from Spaceweather – 16 April 2018 Near miss by a rock about 100m wide – and we only saw it one day out. With little warning, a relatively large asteroid flew through the Earth-Moon system on April 15th only … Continue reading

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Hutton’s Shearwaters on Kaikoura Noticeboard Facebook page

Well done Sabrina. For most of those birds crash landing, it is their first flight, ever. They spend about 3 months in a dark burrow underground, being fed every day or two by a parent returning, but otherwise alone in … Continue reading

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Evolution – Altruism

Response to John A. Johnson comment Dawkins has always recognized altruism and has provided explanations for it. Agreed. Richard disliked the title, but his publisher said it would sell, and it did. Selfish gene was the first coherent account I … Continue reading

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Free Will – Ted’s version

I’ve been responding to a lot of other people’s definitions of free will lately – here is my own: In my understanding, free will can be very real, and it is rarely (if ever) absolute. The understanding I have of … Continue reading

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