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“Spiders Aren’t Animals!” Well, Actually….

Over the years, literally hundreds of people have told me that spiders are not animals. This seems to happen the majority of the times that the topic of spiders comes up in conversation.  When I reply that spiders are, in … Continue reading

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The Spider-to-Human Ratio

Since I like spiders, I was pleased to read a rough estimate of 21 quadrillion for the world’s population of spiders (source: here). The website http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ gives the current human population as ~7.4 billion. Dividing the estimated spider population by the estimated … Continue reading

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Speculation Regarding Future Human Speciation, Part II

[My first post on this subject appeared here.] In the future, the human race, homo sapiens, will do what all living organisms do when circumstances change, as they always do, sooner or later. We will adapt, migrate, and/or die. Since … Continue reading

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“You Majored in WHAT?”

I’m in my twentieth year of teaching mostly science and mathematics, so it is understandable that most people are surprised to learn that I majored in, of all things, history. It’s true. I focused on Western Europe, especially modern France, … Continue reading

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“Evolution is just a theory.” Please STOP saying this!

Why? Well, just to get started, these three things are also “just” theories: 1. Germs are the cause of many diseases. 2. Everything you have ever touched is made of atoms. 3. The spinning earth doesn’t fling us into outer … Continue reading

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News Flash: Big Snake on the Loose in Texas

This just in from Longview, Texas — a five-meter (~16 foot) Burmese Python is on the loose. If you see it, do not approach. Retreat and dial 911. No kidding. Also: learn the metric system.

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Speculation Regarding Future Human Speciation, Part I

If human beings survive long enough, the unstoppable process of evolution will cause us to speciate again, as has happened many times before. Many millenia from now, there could be several different species of human being, with any hybrids which … Continue reading

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