Mostly fun miscellany

(1) A discussion of Darwin that includes Dumb and Dumber as well as the Simpsons – huh? (2) Wind times Solar equals Dumber squared; (3) Hilarity: “Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now”; (4) The only downer is that NYT meeting the other day: imagine sitting on top of the manifold great achievements of others, and somehow thinking that you are morally superior – ugh.

One Response to “Mostly fun miscellany”

  1. Neil Says:

    That discussion of Darwin is fascinating, and highly accessible. I’d considered the “we’ve never observed speciation” objection, but I didn’t realize the latest thinking is that speciation is essentially impossible on a geological time scale, given mutation rates and the number of possible non-utilitarian DNA combinations. It’s not just that the origin of life is highly improbable, it’s that each species that is originated is so improbable as to be impossible, and it has obviously happened over and over again!

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