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There's something alive in here.

Is it possible something awful lives at the bottom of Lake Tahoe? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jul 21, 2008 - 19 answers

Looking for detractors of Literary Darwinism

Literary Darwinism: A relatively new field of evolutionary psychology / literary theory. What has recently been written in argument against it? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me find maps of the world's larger cities!

Help me find maps of the world's larger cities! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on May 17, 2008 - 7 answers

What is the closest thing that animals have to cooking?

What is the closest thing that other animals have to cooking? [more inside]
posted by white light on Mar 22, 2008 - 27 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

The mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts

I am interested in the mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts, how cultural remnants transmit information through time and how meaning is translated once an artefact is re-appropriated or examined from a new perspective. I have several avenues of study at the moment (a list in extended explanation), but would like some more ideas. Areas of critical theory, linguistics, evolutionary psychology and poetics are all relevant. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 27, 2008 - 12 answers

Picking teams for the upcoming interspecies tournament of death...

At a cocktail party last weekend, an Anthropologist was telling me about an experiment/study where people were shown videos of various animals preying on one another, and then measured their reactions. The findings, he contends, were that humans were largely more sympathetic to the deaths of animals more similar to themselves (i.e. sharing a more recent common ancestor). What is this study, what is this area of research called, and where can I read more about it? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jan 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Where to study History?

Looking for unique schools or programs for the study of History. In the US or abroad. [more inside]
posted by Nillocsoc on Jan 3, 2008 - 13 answers

What are some philsophical or cosmological frameworks that regard our universe as a living entity?

Is there an existing philosophical or cosmological model that regards the universe as a living thing with the observed patterns and "laws" of the universe being a reflection of an inherent model analogous to the genetic models of living things as we know them? My own uneducated philosophical meanderings have led me to this idea and I am wondering about developed theories or philosophies that follow similar lines. [more inside]
posted by beegull on Dec 7, 2007 - 12 answers

Examples of 'The Infinite' in Myth and Their Effect on Conditions of Truth

I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 28, 2007 - 22 answers

Bernard Williams vs. evolutionary biology

Bernard Williams had a pretty low opinion of evolutionary biology. Are there any essays where he directly or indirectly criticizes the field? What about 'Shame and Necessity'? [more inside]
posted by BigSky on Nov 27, 2007 - 12 answers

Books about evolution?

What is a good book about modern evolutionary theories? [more inside]
posted by solistrato on Nov 14, 2007 - 15 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

Why don't we live in human shaped skin bags?

OK, Sunday morning stream of consciousness ended up with me wondering about skin or more specifically, loose skin. [more inside]
posted by merocet on Oct 28, 2007 - 6 answers

New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD

New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD: I am currently undertaking an MA in Creative Writing and Critical Theory in London, and plan to go on to PHD after I finish. I would ideally like to go to an East coast USA/New York university to do this (for several reasons). I'd like some help with finding a good list of possible institutions... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 16, 2007 - 26 answers

Do you study evolution? Help my husband do it too!

My husband has become increasing interested in the study of evolution. Help us choose what college level courses he should take! [more inside]
posted by msali on Sep 28, 2007 - 8 answers

How can it be that there exists not a single example of a working wheel in nature?

How can it be that there exists not a single example of a working wheel in nature, which after all gave us (among other things) the eyeball?
posted by It ain't over yet on Sep 23, 2007 - 41 answers

Why does my nose run when eating spicy foods?

What are the biological and/or evolutionary purposes behind a runny nose brought on by spicy foods? [more inside]
posted by afx114 on Jul 23, 2007 - 9 answers

What makes this girl so strong?

What are the factors that control/limit human strength? [more inside]
posted by lastobelus on Jul 2, 2007 - 12 answers


What is the evolutionary relevance of PMS?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jul 2, 2007 - 49 answers

evolutionist baseball cap

I saw someone on the street recently wearing a black baseball cap that had "evolutionist" written on it. I've searched online since then to see where I could buy one, but haven't had any luck. Does anyone know where I can get one?
posted by jsmolenski on May 19, 2007 - 11 answers

Have we caveman brains?

What are the best sources for a layman to learn more about evolutionary psychology? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on May 18, 2007 - 33 answers

Use of our Brain's Potential

If we can't use all of our brain's potential, why does that potential exist? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope on Mar 10, 2007 - 22 answers

Why are there no freshwater squid?

Why are there no freshwater squid?
posted by jonesor on Mar 1, 2007 - 9 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

Finding A Genetic Algorithm Fish Video

Help me find an old clip on genetic programming AI. [more inside]
posted by unreason on Feb 13, 2007 - 4 answers


Evolutionary Mechanisms Filter: Help me argue evolution with a friend, there's [more inside]
posted by sepsis on Feb 12, 2007 - 24 answers

What percentage of biologist accept evolution?

What percentage of biologists accept [unguided, non-theistic] evolution? Citation needed. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Dec 12, 2006 - 29 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

Can vaccination increase virulence?

Why can't vaccination encourage the evolution of viral potency?
posted by freebird on Oct 5, 2006 - 16 answers

Gnats in my eyes!

Why do gnats fly into my eyes? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Aug 29, 2006 - 7 answers

Do I look like a monkey to you?

I-believe-in-evolutionism-but... Filter: I am wondering what evidence exists that man descended from apes. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Aug 22, 2006 - 52 answers

Teaching evolution through music?

Calling all audiophiles and music know-it-alls: Help a biologist explain evolution to college kids, using music as an analogy. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Aug 15, 2006 - 28 answers

Urinating from sex organs

Why do humans and animals(?) urinate from their sex organs? Are these two bodily functions in some way related? Are their examples of animals that pee & have sex with parts of their bodies that are spaced far apart? [more inside]
posted by selton on Jul 22, 2006 - 32 answers

Surviving a Total Perspective Vortex

I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 9, 2006 - 17 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

Swim, Walk, Fly?

Are Humans Evolving? [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie on Jun 21, 2006 - 33 answers

Baby snatching across the years

Suppose it was possible to move between 2006 and thousands/millions of years ago. And suppose I snatched a baby from a 2006 maternity ward and swapped it with a baby born in the year 0006 as they lay in their maternity ward. [more inside]
posted by selton on Jun 17, 2006 - 16 answers

I fought the law

Is there any evidence that physical laws have changed, or could possibly change over time? For example, has the speed of light - since the beginning of the universe - been the same, and will it always remain the same into the future? [more inside]
posted by extrabox on May 31, 2006 - 23 answers

Why did butterfly metamorphosis evolve?

How does evolutionary theory explain the caterpillar-butterfly metamorphosis? [more inside]
posted by evariste on May 31, 2006 - 34 answers

darwin's tumor

Ive read that cancer can be pretty clever - securing nutrition by releasing hormones which cause the creation of blood vessels, employing various methods of fooling our immune system etc. All these seem (at least to my layman's mind) to be pretty specialized eh... 'behaviors' i guess is the word. My question is, how would they evolve? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht on May 18, 2006 - 22 answers

How long does it take for human languages to fork?

linguists: i vaguely remember a story that i can't verify. the gist is this: two groups of people who spoke the same language became separated by some minor geographical obstacles, like hills, and remained so for a period of years (decades, i think). upon analysis some years later, their common tongue had forked noticeably into fairly different languages. is this true? [more inside]
posted by patricking on May 13, 2006 - 17 answers

Human vs Animal Brains:

What experiments have been carried out where animals perform better than us at particular cognitive tasks? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 9, 2006 - 13 answers

Acted Action while thinking?

Any thoughts on why we (humans) roll our eyes back while thinking. We also sometimes crunch our brows. I notice people, including myself, do this when no one is looking at them as well as a signifier during conversation. But it is the action acted out alone that interests me? Could this action actually improve the brains ability to think? What, if any, evolutionary advantage could this offer?
posted by shawnzam on May 5, 2006 - 15 answers

How to go about making an on-line artifical life game

I've been reading about evolutionary computing and artificial life and suchlike. As an exercise, I would like to make a multi-player online game where players can design creatures, which would then compete for survival. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on May 4, 2006 - 18 answers

Evolution of Time

please help me find this wristwatch... [more inside]
posted by tnai on May 4, 2006 - 12 answers

The Soledad O'Brien Effect

Say that interethnic breeding has created a homogenous-looking mixed-race human species in the far-flung future. What kind of effect would this have on biodiversity? [more inside]
posted by chrominance on Apr 14, 2006 - 22 answers

ToothEvolutionFilter: Why are human teeth so poorly "designed"?

ToothEvolutionFilter: Why are human teeth so poorly "designed"? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Mar 21, 2006 - 29 answers

Evolution viewed through lens of economics?

Using concepts from economics as a way to understand/explain evolution -- Does anyone know any good online or print resources that develop or discuss this? [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy on Feb 23, 2006 - 6 answers

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