Welcome to The Carnal Carnival!

August 11, 2010 § 1 Comment

 The Carnal Carnival appealing to your more sophomoric interests since 2010 (it's science, we promise!)Who ever said scientists had no sense of humor, never met these guys. What, from my point of view as a casual twitter observer, began as a joke on twitter a few days ago has turned into a full-blown blog with articles scheduled out through October 2011 so far. Themes include: poop, barf, orgasm, and weird animal sex just to name a few. These are my kind of people. The tag line for  the blog is:

appealing to your more sophomoric interests since 2010 (it’s science, we promise!)

“The Carnal Carnival will publish the third Friday of each month. The host will pick the general topic for that particular month.”

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When will people understand?

July 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

The truth is so simple and yet so complex we are all connected. When it comes to the Oceans I just said it on July 28th. What happens in the oceans effects every living organism on the planet. How many times do I have to say that? It doesn’t matter how many times I say it. No one is listening to me. However, great people have been saying it for centuries, probably even eons.  John Delaney of Interactive Oceans said it again at TED. Please watch this amazing TED talk about the new technologies wiring an interactive ocean.

Turbulent the sea
Stretching across to  Sado
The Milky Way
-Basho 1689

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
-T. S. Eliot

Will the Biological Universe Trump Physics?

July 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is a short article that pretty closely says what I have been trying to articulate for so long. I would appreciate any of comments, insight, and re-tweets.

“most of the comprehensive theories universe are no more than stories that fail to take into account one crucial factor: we are creating them. It is the biological creature that makes observations, names what it observes, and creates stories. Science has not succeeded in confronting the element of existence that is at once most familiar and most mysterious—conscious experience.” Please read full article»

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What’s wrong with evolutionary biology 101?:Pharyngula

July 24, 2010 § 5 Comments

It's more than genes, it's networks and systems|pharyngulaI learn more about biology reading PZ Myer’s blog than I ever did in school. Of course I went to mostly private religious schools, and then their were the dark ages spent in the Utah public school system. I don’t remember them teaching biology in Utah. They did have an animal husbandry class. I skipped that one.

“Here’s the problem, and also a brief introduction to Evolutionary Biology 201.

First, [evolutionary biology 101] it’s not exactly wrong — it’s more like taking one good explanation of certain kinds of evolution and making it a sweeping claim that that is how all evolution works. By reducing it to this one scheme, though, it makes evolution far too plodding and linear, and reduces it all to a sort of personal narrative. It isn’t any of those things. What’s left out in the 101 story, and in creationist tales, is that: evolution is about populations, so many changes go on in parallel; selectable traits are usually the product of networks of genes, so there are rarely single alleles that can be categorized as the effector of change; and genes and gene networks are plastic or responsive to the environment. All of these complications make the actual story more complicated and interesting, and also, perhaps to your surprise, make evolutionary change faster and more powerful.” Please read the full story on Science Blogs

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