Political catoon

The first (and maybe the last) in a new series of felid-related science cartoons:


  1. Carl
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    And what evidence does kin selection have against group selection? Between the two could both come into play when it involves human evolution? Explain the evidence between the two.

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted April 22, 2012 at 4:55 am | Permalink

      I’ve covered this subject in many posts on this website. I suggest you search for “group selection” or “altruism.”

      • Carl
        Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:13 am | Permalink

        Okay thanks for the info.

    • Ray Moscow
      Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:08 am | Permalink

      Dawkins also has a good chapter on the subject in ‘The Selfish Gene’, although not about human evolution in particular.

  2. Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Funny post. But please forgive me for being stupid here, but what does the cat have in its mouth?

    • Ray Moscow
      Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:09 am | Permalink

      Depending on scale, I’d say it’s either a piece of flatbread or the continent of Africa.

      • Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:14 am | Permalink

        Good suggestions. I think I’m going to have to go with the continent of Africa.

        • Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:21 am | Permalink

          It looks more like pre-partition India to me, with Ceylon missing (maybe on the floor?)

      • gravelinspector
        Posted April 22, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink

        I’d go for Africa too, assuming it’s to-scale with the cat’s ego.

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:14 am | Permalink

      That’s a great question and I’d like readers’ input on this. At first I thought it was a pancake, and then a piece of bread. But I can’t imagine a cat holding so tenaciously onto a piece of bread. Maybe it was a sandwich.

      • mattpenfold
        Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:34 am | Permalink

        You have never met my cat Charlie (although you have featured her). She is rather fond of bread, preferably toasted and has been known to jump and steal a slice from the breakfast table.

        • Christian
          Posted April 22, 2012 at 6:25 am | Permalink

          Also depends what the bread came in contact with. But I also remember cats just nomming dry bread.

          And now for something completely different: “Quick! Get teh holy hand grenade!”

          Can’t help it but for some reason I really love black cats ūüėČ

        • microraptor
          Posted April 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

          When I was a teenager, we had a kitten who loved toast more than anything in the world, it was absolutely her most favorite food in the world (especially odd given that we weren’t in the habit of giving our animals table scraps).

          One morning, Mom was eating a piece of toast for breakfast when the kitten saw it. She climbed straight up Mom all the way to her shoulder, then walked out Mom’s arm to her wrist and calmly stood there nomming on Mom’s toast.

          This cat also developed the habit of jumping on the counter and clawing her way through shopping bags if there was a loaf of bread in the bag, so we quickly learned not to leave bread on the counter for any length of time at all.

          She also loved riding in the car- she got so excited and had to jump up so she could look out the window.

          Also, she sometimes attacked dogs.

      • Alexander Hellemans
        Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:52 am | Permalink

        Of course it is a pizza! (I spent 10 years in Naples.)

      • Achrachno
        Posted April 22, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        Thin steak, perhaps still frozen?

      • Gregory Kusnick
        Posted April 22, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

        It’s a grilled-cheese sandwich bearing the image of Ceiling Cat.

    • Dave
      Posted April 22, 2012 at 6:09 am | Permalink

      Looks like it could have once been a schnitzel. Either that or a piece of toast with a picture of JC on it. Whatever, I’m thinking it was supposed to be that guy’s dinner.

    • Scott near Berkeley
      Posted April 22, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      My initial thought was “turkey”, as in, got on the Thanksgiving table and grabbed the skin and some flesh came with it. However, I discern some “worm-like” bits extending outward.
      The “turkey” scenario makes sense in that the human appears resigned to the situation: once the cat has sunk its teeth into it, might as well (in the spirit of generosity of the occasion) let the cat enjoy it….outside….and, no more pieces for you, thank-you-very-much!!

  3. Carl
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Scanning through Jerry’s blog and wikipedia and other sources including Dawkin’s site it looks like the winner is kin selection until further evidence. Since I ordered Edwards new book which mostly had positive reviews I will weigh in the evidence or lack of on the group selection part.

  4. Notagod
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Its a bit of Jesus (hopefully the right wing nut), according to the christians, many parts are edible.

  5. alexandra
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    “Near death, explained
    New science is shedding light on what really happens during out-of-body experiences — with shocking results.

    I am skeptical, and this article has no mention of the possibility of innocent, or unwitting, collusion bewteen subjects and professionals. But there are unanswered questions. I assume that there are logical,reasonable answers, and maybe unanswerable.
    Would be interested in reading opinions from
    wiser minds than mine.

    • Torbj√∂rn Larsson, OM
      Posted April 22, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      Kin-I-haz-cheezburger selection.

    • Torbj√∂rn Larsson, OM
      Posted April 22, 2012 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      Oops, sorry alexandra, it wasn’t meant as a reply to your post.

  6. Posted April 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    A piece of dried salmon?

  7. Chris aka Happy Cat
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I’m seeing the crust of an overturned pizza.

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