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Seeking info about theories on extraterrestrial evolution and life forms

I'm looking for academic papers (but also stories, movies, news articles, or anything else!) that talk about this: most of the ideas we come up with about alien life involves those aliens being carbon-based lifeforms with eyes of some sort and internal organs and appendages. But where are the other, more wild (and probably likely) ideas? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Apr 2, 2014 - 12 answers

What is a good introduction to evolutionary psychology?

I'm looking for a book or other resource to serve as an introduction to evolutionary psychology out of personal interest. I know that there is a lot of pseudo-science out there under this banner - so I'm only interested in resources that are well referenced. Does anyone have any suggestions?
posted by casebash on Feb 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Explain life, the universe, and everything to a 5 year-old.

What are some good resources to help explain the Big Bang, evolution and, the meaning of life to my delightful 5 year-old nephew? Fairly equal emphasis for each, but I am stumped most by "but why are all the things and people here, mayurasana?" than the rest. [more inside]
posted by mayurasana on Apr 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Are your eyes so tough you animal are your eyes very tough

Which animal has the hardest eyes? I was thinking about how eyes are pretty soft and it might be advantageous for a creature to have "natural goggles" protecting its squishy eyes. Which animal's eyes have the toughest coating? (I do not care to hear about the protective qualities of retractable eyeLIDs, only the surface which can not be retracted, and which must be seen through.)
posted by Greg Nog on Jul 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Sloppy MicroChips: Can a fair comparison be made between biological and silicon entropy?

Was reading about microchips that are designed to allow a few mistakes (known as 'Sloppy Chips'), and pondering equivalent kinds of 'coding' errors and entropy in biological systems. Can a fair comparison be made between the two? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

The modulation of our sense of smell

How and why do we become accustomed to smells? What makes some odours personally super-pungent one day and unnoticed 'background noise' later on, despite the smell remaining objectively unchanged? [more inside]
posted by peacay on May 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Is intelligent design actually an actual philosophically true scientific theory? The question is not asking if ID is “true”, but how well does it pass the scientific theory tests?

Let's see if this can be done without causing any ideological controversy. The simplest yet most descriptive explanation of a true scientific theory is below. "A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena, especially one that has been repeatedly tested or is widely accepted and can be used to make predictions about natural phenomena." An actual theory must be falsifiable as well. My understanding is that Intelligent design does not fit the bill as a set of empirically proven facts or pass the falsifiability test. Also, I understand that Darwin's theory may have the most facts supporting his theory (therefore it is the best explanation for the evolution of life we currently have), but that it may not be falsifiable as well. The basic question is what is intelligent design if not a theory? I don't think it qualifies as a hypothesis either. Please explain to this scientific layman. Bonus points if you can explain how The Theory of Natural Selection is falsifiable.
posted by 4Lnqvv on Sep 8, 2011 - 46 answers

Always a step ahead.

Why are arthropods the only animals with more than four legs? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Mar 1, 2011 - 41 answers

Show an 8 year old how Africans evolved into Asians over time

Evolution: What would be a simple and clear way of explaining to an 8 year old how African people with dark skin, big eyes and curly hair turn into Japanese people with lighter skin, smaller eyes and straighter hair over X amount of years? [more inside]
posted by querty on Feb 22, 2011 - 28 answers

Science is all LIES

How do I gently but firmly steer a very misguided 14-year-old to respect science? I'm not a teacher, but I am in a mentoring role and feel I owe it to her to try. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jan 5, 2011 - 51 answers

"Guys, other teachers may glossed over this evolution thing, so today..."

What's the best way to financially support of evolution education in Kansas? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Who wrote this passage about sea water and cytoplasm

Please help me find a (pre 2005) science book about the evolution of life. In one small section it covered the chemical composition of sea water and its similarity to the cytoplasm of mammalian cells. [more inside]
posted by Science! on Jul 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Why only one abiogenesis?

Why is it assumed that all forms of life evolved from a single common ancestor, instead of any number of different instances of abiogenesis?
posted by shakespeherian on Apr 8, 2010 - 25 answers

If the caveman diet is sound, should, er, people from the savanna eat differently?

I'm interested in knowing more about the caveman diet, and the logic behind it. Does the reasoning behind this diet dictate that the modern Korean should eat differently from the modern Englishman? But maybe more importantly, is the reasoning indeed sound? Or is it pseudo-science? Is this really what evolutionary biology would suggest? If so, how much of it should really dictate what a modern human, Korean or English or otherwise, should or shouldn't eat?
posted by Busoni on Apr 28, 2009 - 17 answers

descent of gould

Science reading for the informed layperson. [more inside]
posted by nihlton on Dec 30, 2008 - 23 answers

Searching for Evolution Book

Help me find a book about evolution by Kirchner. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA on Mar 19, 2008 - 4 answers

Crystal formation is an increase in entropy?

ScienceFilter: Creationists, crystals, and thermodynamics. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Feb 6, 2008 - 19 answers

Teaching resources about racial concepts: their biological validity and various cultural expressions

I need teaching resources about race: the biology of human "races"; why "race" is not biological but social; how racial categories have shifted over time and place; and related questions on teaching about race? This is as a supplement to reading The Mismeasure of Man in a university "Critical Thinking" class. I need more science and verifiable cross-cultural examples to back up my "there are no biological races" claim. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 5, 2007 - 38 answers

A Problem of Scale: Halfway in size between an atom and the universe

"A human is halfway in size between an atom and the known universe"... This is a paraphrased quote I have come across several times. I like it. Who said it first? How true is it in the most literal sense? And, finally, what errors arrive in postulating a universe, or an atom, which can be measured AT ALL from our singular, relativistic, perspective? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Is there a good reference for the standard evolution vs. creationism arguments?

Is there a good reference for the standard evolution vs. creationism arguments? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Nov 21, 2006 - 18 answers

What tv shows would you recommend for learning about history and evolution of human society and connections across times and places and disciplines ?

What tv shows would you recommend for learning about history and evolution of human society and connections across times and places and disciplines ? [more inside]
posted by studentguru on Jun 29, 2006 - 10 answers

Why consciousness??

Why did consciousness evolve? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 25, 2006 - 39 answers

evolutionary theory for beginners

Help me introduce evolution to my parents. [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Dec 4, 2005 - 35 answers

Examples of radioactivity in nature

Are there any animals that have evolved a use for radioactivity? If so, what ways is it used? If not, why has this not happened? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 23, 2005 - 32 answers

Prognostication: the future should I.D. "win"

What do you think is going to happen to the USA if "Intelligent Design" is successfully placed into the science curriculum? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Oct 10, 2005 - 48 answers

eye heart life

are we eyeglass-wearers doomed, evolutionarily? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Sep 10, 2005 - 12 answers

Anthropology theories: Multiregional or Out of Africa?

Multiregional or Out of Africa?
posted by four panels on Oct 28, 2004 - 13 answers

Scientific Advancement

Is there a limit to scientific advancement? If there is only a certain number of elements to the universe, will there reach a technology plateau? [more inside]
posted by the fire you left me on Jul 17, 2004 - 24 answers

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