Ethan Siegel rocks a blog post shedding perspective on current events:
Human have been around for a couple of hundred thousand years at most in our current form. Our DNA differs from the other greatapes by only a few percent, and we even have 50% of our DNA in common with a banana.
I’m probably going to botch up what it is exactly, so I’m going to let May K’s description speak for itself:
[The pictures] are based on contours of different proteins. I vary and rotate the three-dimensional protein image by means of a special computer software until an interesting shape appears. Subsequently, I color and design the produced snapshot so that the image I saw becomes obvious to the viewer.
My goal is not only to show my drawings. I also attempt to provide you with some information about the different proteins. I prefer to do so in an informal and hopefully humorous way.
From Protein to Art
I learned about this artist after May K. liked a post here. A lot of bloggers who like my work are neither here nor there. I wonder if the only reason they like one of mine is to get a reciprocated like from me. I have followed several blogs who liked something here, but I’ve also wanted to tell some bloggers to give up.
These images are so cool, and I could see PZ Myers lining his walls with them.
There are many reasons why evolution is true. And this is no exception.
Do you see these in your backyard?
Well, do you?
No, you don’t.
Do you know why you don’t see these beautiful creatures in your backyard? Because evolution secludes itself to local environments. And when animals lives on islands for millions of years, they gradually change and adapt. And creatures that emerge from predecessors on say, Madagascar, do not emerge elsewhere.
That’s why evolution is so cool. It specializes in making animals and plants change and adapt to their local environments.
Cat gnawing on a cactus says, “this pickle sucks.”
Comic of two stick figures in a deep cave. One says, “Well? what secrets do these forgotten bible passages hold?” Other says, “… and on the eighth day god created a bunch of other religions. Just to fuck with mankind.”
Image of snake with arms says, “Charles Darwin Bitches.”
Lately, the mosquitos have been brutal. I have large, red mosquito marks on my arms, back and neck. They itch, too.
And yesterday, Tina was petting Talulah while we were editing some video. “Oh shit. Lou-lee’s got something in her ear. It looks like a maggot!”
Yes, one of our nicknames for Talulah is “lou-lee.”
I looked in, and a tick had embedded itself fairly recently in there. It was too far in to burn out, so I ended up saying a small (atheist) prayer and tugging it out with Tina’s tweezers. Fortunately the head came along for the ride. I looked at it under my magnifying glass that I use to clean my camera sensor.
Looking back, I should have tried a little harder to burn it out. But I was afraid of burning little Lou’s ears.
I didn’t realize we had ticks in the city. Before we had a dog, we spent very little time in the grass and tree areas that we have. I figured we were immune.
I was wrong.
You should see Tina lately. Now she’s intermittently freaking out that a tick is crawling up her back or embedding its head in her pubic hair.
I saw the graphic (above) on reddit. It goes along with some of the conversation we’ve been having about Noah’s Ark and how logically absurd it is to think humanity descended from incestuous relationships, not once, but twice.
I mean, if a person really thinks at one time inbreeding was fine, but eventually changed into something harmful to the species, what does that mean to the way that person views the world? What if you believe that in one of the most scientifically illiterate places on earth, people lived to outrageous ages contrary to what we know from science? I guess anything is possible. ‘
But what does it say about you if you want to be the product of incest or inbreeding? I mean, do you want a common ancestor who happens to show the progress of evolution or a common ancestor that shows your ancestors probably looked like this:
For a little more information on inbreeding, do a google search. Or start here (where many great images are collected).