Planet of the Apes Archive: November, 2011

Writer Says Universe Can Have a Purpose Even with No God

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There seem to be two kinds of people in the world – those who feel strongly that there must be a higher purpose to our existence, and... Read more

If Earth keeps heating up, bacteria may inherit

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A look into the fossil record suggests that tables may one day be turned on humanity. It probably won't happen the way it did in the original... Read more

Scientist says Mother Earth is Out to Kill Us

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Earlier this week I chatted with Peter Ward, a paleontologist from the University of Washington, who studies climate changes past and present... Read more

Charles Darwin Buried In a Church. Hasn't Objected Yet.

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Last week I was pleased to see that evolution and religion were the focus of one of the Inquirer’s most interesting new blogs –... Read more

Lynn Margulis dies at 73. The World Loses a Scientific Star

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Lynn Margulis, who died this week at age 73, was known for one of the most elegant and revolutionary ideas in modern biology – we and... Read more

Jared Diamond Explains Navajo Success and Population Boom

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In 1491, there were hundreds of tribes of Native Americans. Many went extinct, but the Navajo not only survived, their numbers exploded from... Read more

Two Promising Books Fight Denialism and Science Illiteracy

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Had Herman Cain drawn a blank on global climate change or stem cells instead of going brain dead over Libya, the science literacy promoters... Read more

Language Prof Spanks Some Journalists for Generalizations

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Language Log is a great blog – often pointing out surprising aspects of the way we communicate in our everyday speech and writing. I... Read more