Two books on Darwin

by Greg Mayer For Darwin’s birthday, I thought I’d mention two books about Darwin, both by the noted Darwin scholar John van Wyhe, whom Jerry and I have both had the pleasure of meeting, and who we’ve had occasion to mention here on WEIT a number of times. As anyone with more than a passing … Continue reading Two books on Darwin

Condolence letters to Darwin’s family released on the 140th anniversary of his death

April 19 was the 140th anniversary of Darwin’s death, and the wonderful “Darwin Online” project, which presents virtually everything the man ever wrote, has released a bunch of messages received by the Darwin family after his death.  Kudos to John van Wyhe, who curates this project and sent out a notice that this material has … Continue reading Condolence letters to Darwin’s family released on the 140th anniversary of his death

What I did for Darwin’s Birthday

by Greg Mayer As Jerry noted at the time, this past Wednesday was Darwin’s Birthday. My evolutionary biology class met the previous day, Tuesday, and the first slide I showed for the day was the following. The “click here” in the middle of the slide led to a performance of the Beatles’ song “Birthday”. (For … Continue reading What I did for Darwin’s Birthday

Thread: On the “On the Origin of Species”

As I noted in my Hili post, today is Evolution Day: the anniversary of the day on which Darwin published The Origin in 1859.  It’s one the book I’ve read more than any other: I used to go through it once a year or so, but it’s been about three years now. My copy of the first … Continue reading Thread: On the “On the Origin of Species”

John van Wyhe debunks Darwin myths

Last night after my talk I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with John van Wyhe, a Darwin/Wallace scholar at the National University of Singapore, where I spoke last night. We continued our conversation this morning when he joined Melissa Chen and me at the Orangutan Breakfast at the Singapore Zoo. Here’s a bit … Continue reading John van Wyhe debunks Darwin myths

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Cat Shabbos: Saturday, June 18, 2022: International Picnic Day. But no picnics on the Sabbath unless somebody else does all the work! It’s Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday today! (See below.). Stuff that happened on June 18 includes: 1178 – Five Canterbury monks see an event believed to have been the formation of the Giordano Bruno crater on … Continue reading Saturday: Hili dialogue

An open letter to Charlotte Allen, an ignorant, evolution-dissing writer

Dear Ms. Allen, I have become aware of your recent article, “St. Charles Darwin“, in First Things (“America’s most influential journal of religion and public life”). The point of your article appears to be twofold: to defend A. N. Wilson’s execrable hit-piece that masquerades as a book-length biography of Darwin (I reviewed his book here), and, second, to … Continue reading An open letter to Charlotte Allen, an ignorant, evolution-dissing writer

My talks in Singapore

I know I’ve concentrated on the food and sights in Singapore rather than my academic duties, but there’s not much to say about those. On Monday I gave a talk at the National University of Singapore (NUS)—co-sponsored by the Humanist Society of Singapore (HSS)—on the evidence for evolution and why it’s not accepted in America … Continue reading My talks in Singapore

The end of the rhino

by Greg Mayer The five living species of rhino, along with the several species of tapir and horse (which include the zebras and asses), are members of the great mammalian order of odd-toed ungulates, or Perissodactyla. Perissodactyls were formerly much more species rich; today, most ungulates (hoofed mammals) are even-toed, members of the Artiodactyla, which … Continue reading The end of the rhino

Wallace: Dispelling the Darkness

by Greg Mayer John van Wyhe of the National University of Singapore, and founder and chief editor of the essential Darwin Online and Wallace Online websites, has just published a new book on Wallace, Dispelling the Darkness: Voyage in the Malay Archipelago and the Discovery of Evolution by Wallace and Darwin (World Scientific Publishing, Singapore). … Continue reading Wallace: Dispelling the Darkness