In which I wiggle my ears

March 1, 2010 • 2:59 pm

. . . and falter at pronouncing “multifarious.” When I visited Oxford University Press a few weeks ago, they asked me to make a video for Amazon flogging the UK edition of WEIT.  I wasn’t prepared, and had to speak off the cuff.  The results are here.  It’s standard stuff, but you’ll get to see a striking visual demonstration of the vestigial ear muscles—more evidence for evolution!

14 thoughts on “In which I wiggle my ears

  1. Good job! Indeed one of mankind’s supreme achievements – grasping the evidence, including developing the necessary tools & techniques like radiocarbon dating & DNA sequencing that quantify that evidence, and grasping the implications.

  2. Hmmm, because I can’t wiggle my ears, I can consider myself to be “more evolved”? 🙂

    (joking; actually I have a somewhat simian physical appearance)

  3. As long as you don’t have cottage cheese between your ears, I couldn’t care less what you do with your ears! (None of my business)

    1. Yeah, I know; shoulda used the simpler word. I was affected at the time with Bill Rice Syndrome.

  4. Nice video. You might have not been given any time to prepare, but that just makes is seem more genuine and I thought you communicated very well. Good job!

  5. Paul Dail wrote: “Well, I can wiggle mine too! The Girls just love it!!”

    Aha!! Sexual selection! This proves they’re not vestigial!


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