Category Archives: humans, primates, and other life on earth

The amazing Homo sapiens

Homo sapiens, that species of which we are members, is an astonishing organism.  We have learned, invented, ventured, discovered, and done things that no other species in the five billion years of our planet’s history has ever accomplished. And yet for … Continue reading

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Organic soup or hot bubbles?

For eighty years, scientists have had a theory about how and where life got started on Earth.  It’s known as the Organic Soup theory, which suggests that early life got started in a soup of methane, ammonia and water that … Continue reading

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What’s really scary isn’t Halloween

Like Christmas, Halloween was originally a pagan feast adopted by the Roman church to fit Christian theology.  For the Druids it was a Festival of the Dead, and it remained full of dread until modern times. The origin of witches goes back much further … Continue reading

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Where was the Garden of Eden?

Some time ago when I was giving a talk about my book, The Big Bang to Now, someone asked me where the Garden of Eden was.  At the time, all I could say was that we knew it was somewhere … Continue reading

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Groovy

For thousands of years, humans recognized a kinship with other animals.  But this recognition of kinship disappeared throughout much of Western thought when a view of a purely mechanical world that gradually took over with the scientific revolution.  Newton’s theory … Continue reading

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How bad could a flu pandemic be?

Officials in countries as far away from each other as the United States and New Zealand announced today that cases of swine flu had been identified among several residents who had recently returned from Mexico.  In Mexico itself, at least … Continue reading

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Mother nature’s weapons of mass destruction

This week several of nature’s most deadly attacks have reminded us that occasionally there is a high price for calling Earth our home.  It’s an amazing place, if only because it is the only place in the universe we know … Continue reading

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