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Darwin’s queer plots in The Descent of Man

This year, LGBT+ History Month coincides with the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s momentous sexological work The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, originally published on 24 February 1871. The occasion prompts reflection on Darwin’s highly equivocal handling of sex variations in the natural world, including intersexualities (“hermaphroditism”), transformations of sex, and non-reproductive sexual behaviours.Descent has long been considered a landmark text in the history of s...
Tags: Books, England, Featured, History, Evolution, Journals, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Darwin, Magnus Hirschfeld, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, Queer Studies, LGBT History Month, The Descent Of Man, Ruth Bernard Yeazell


Darwin’s theory of agency: back to the future in evolutionary science?

Was Darwin a one-trick pony? The scientists who most praise him typically cite just one of his ideas: natural selection. Do any know that his theory of evolution—like his take on psychology—presumed all creatures were agents? This fact has long been eclipsed by the “gene’s-eye view” of adaptation which gained a strangle-hold over biology during the twentieth century—and hence over sociobiology and today’s evolutionary psychology. Are current efforts to revise this view—emphasising “new” topics l...
Tags: Books, Featured, Harvard, Charles Darwin, Galapagos Islands, Darwin, Natural Selection, Mendel, Huxley, Science & Medicine, Psychology & Neuroscience, Earth & Life Sciences, Richard Lewontin, Lewontin, Subtopics, Julian Huxley


Ambitious Carey becomes brand ambassador for Darwin Escapes

Team Ireland’s David Carey drives on the eighth at the Emirates Golf Club during winter practice in Dubai Team Ireland’s David Carey has taken another positive step in his professional career by signing with major UK resort operator Darwin Escapes as their brand ambassador.The Dubliner (24) had a successful amateur career,  helping Ireland win the 201...
Tags: UK, Sport, David, Ireland, Italy, Golf, Portugal, Yorkshire, Darwin, Oxfordshire, Carey, Emirates Golf Club, Team Ireland, David Carey, Challenge Tour, Dundonald Links


Call for Reconciliation Australia to pull Woolworths support over Darwin Dan Murphy's

Indigenous leaders want retailer held accountable over planned alcohol store near three dry communitiesAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and health leaders want Reconciliation Australia to revoke its support for Woolworths over the retail giant’s plans to build one of Australia’s largest alcohol stores in Darwin, near three dry Aboriginal communities.A letter signed by health, legal, domestic violence and community group leaders draws comparison to Rio Tinto, which was dumped by Re...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Retail industry, Rio Tinto, Indigenous Australians, Darwin, Rio, Woolworths, Pilbara, Torres Strait Islander, Reconciliation Australia, Darwin Dan Murphy


Limerick-Off Award (463)

It’s time to announce the latest Limerick-Off winners based on submissions (on this blog and on Facebook) in the last Limerick-Off. Congratulations to SJAAN VANDENBROEDER, who wins the Limerick-Off Award for this funny limerick: The plumber piped up, speaking plain, “All this crap here has blocked up your main.” So I paid him to break Up the clog with his snake. But the thing fell asleep in the drain. Congratulations to TIM JAMES, who wins the Special BILLS-Themed Limerick Award for this funny...
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How should we address Charles Darwin's complicated legacy?

The Descent of Man, 150 years old this month, is a work of humanist brilliance – yet its errors, particularly on gender, now make for uncomfortable reading“Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history.” That sentence is the sole reference to human evolution in Charles Darwin’s masterwork On the Origin of Species, which in 1859 set down the theory that explains how life on Earth has evolved. Darwin had entirely excluded humans from his scheme. That tease comes in the final chapter, a...
Tags: Science, Biology, Race, World news, Earth, Genetics, Feminism, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Darwin, Descent of Man


You can pry this heated, weighted blanket from my not-at-all-cold, dead hands

February is hard for me in a zillion ways. Low light, cold temperatures, the biological imperative to eat all the Oreos. (Didn’t Darwin mention Oreos somewhere in his writing? I could swear I remember that from 7th grade biology.) Oh, and then there’s this little shelter-in-place thing…maybe you’ve heard of it? As I recently wrote, […]
Tags: Living, Shopping, Darwin, Blankets, Valentine's Day Gifts, Home Accessories, Mother's Day Gifts, Gifts For Grandparents, Gift Ideas For Moms


Ten things you didn’t know about Darwin

Charles Darwin’s birthday on the 12th February is widely celebrated in the scientific community and has come to be known as “Darwin day.” In recognition of Darwin’s 212th birthday this year, we have put together a list of ten little-known facts about the father of evolution.1. Darwin didn’t actually invent the phrase “survival of the fittest.”It was invented by Herbert Spencer after reading On the Origin of Species in 1864 and adopted by Darwin in his fifth edition of the book.2. Darwin has over...
Tags: Books, Featured, India, Bank Of England, History, Jane Austen, Charles Darwin, Charles, British, Cambridge University, Darwin, Galapagos, Wallace, Wikimedia Commons, Alfred Russel Wallace, Francis Galton


New study unravels Darwin's 'abominable mystery' surrounding origin of flowering plants

The origin of flowering plants famously puzzled Charles Darwin, who described their sudden appearance in the fossil record from relatively recent geological times as an 'abominable mystery'.
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The problem with modern trout flies… or 30 pieces of ‘flair’.

  Two mayflies?   After having presented a talk on fly fishing for spring-creek trout to a gathering of anglers, one of the sports purloined me afterwards to show me his fly-box. Upon opening it, fireworks seemed to explode. Lined up neatly like a collection of miniature happy-meal toys were a phalanx of kaleidoscopic colors and shapes. Rubber legs and foam sticking out in all directions dominated the creations, and many were topped with wigs of poly-yarn. There was not a single sub...
Tags: Sport, Fishing, Darwin, McDonald, Gordon, Willy Wonka, Timothy Leary, Milli Vanilli, Fly Fishing, Erik Helm, Chotchkie, Dry Fly, Haight Ashbury Let


Charles Darwin's 165-year-old "wind hypothesis" finally proven true

Charles Darwin speculated that wingless insects thrived on windy islands because they weren't blown off the land.While the reasoning was slightly faulty, researchers have now proved Darwin's 165-year-old "wind hypothesis."This finding is yet another example of how environments shape the animals that inhabit them. All animals adapt to their environment. Even humans, self-isolating animals that we are, are shaped by our surroundings. Every one of us is interdependent with the environment that we...
Tags: Facebook, Biology, Animals, Environment, Morocco, Innovation, Antarctica, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Insects, Darwin, Derek, MADEIRA, Buddhist, Southern Ocean, St Matthew


Genetic rewiring behind spectacular evolutionary explosion in East Africa

Genetic rewiring could have driven an evolutionary explosion in the shapes, sizes and adaptations of cichlid fish, in East Africa's answer to Darwin's Galapagos finches.
Tags: Science, Darwin, Galapagos, East Africa


'It was life or death': the plane-hijacking refugees Australia embraced

Luke Henriques-Gomes’s grandfather was one of 44 refugees to arrive in 1975 on the only RAAF plane ever hijacked. The official response still staggers himLet’s conduct a quick thought experiment: what would happen if one day, in the middle of a civil war on a small island unknown to most, a group of refugees forced themselves on to an air force plane and demanded to be taken to Australia?To which far-flung detention centre would they be sent? How long would their jail sentences be? Or would they...
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Timor-Leste, Darwin, Luke Henriques Gomes


Fossils' soft tissues helping to solve puzzle that vexed Darwin

Remarkably well-preserved fossils are helping scientists unravel a mystery about the origins of early animals that puzzled Charles Darwin.
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Study of flowers with two types of anthers solves mystery that baffled Darwin

Most flowering plants depend on pollinators such as bees to transfer pollen from the male anthers of one flower to the female stigma of another flower, enabling fertilization and the production of fruits and seeds. Bee pollination, however, involves an inherent conflict of interest, because bees are only interested in pollen as a food source. A new study describes a pollination strategy involving flowers with two distinct sets of anthers that differ in color, size, and position.
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Are Facial Expressions the Same Around the World?

Whether at a birthday party in Brazil, a funeral in Kenya, or protests in Hong Kong, humans all use variations of the same facial expressions in similar social contexts, such as smiles, frowns, grimaces, and scowls, a new UC Berkeley study finds. The findings, published in the journal Nature, confirm the universality of human emotional expression across geographic and cultural boundaries at a time when nativism and populism are on the rise around the world. “This study reveals how remarkably s...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, Parenting, Brazil, Kenya, UC Berkeley, Darwin, Africa Europe, North Central and South America, Middle East Asia, Cowen, Dacher Keltner, Keltner, Alan Cowen, Berkeley News Read, Greater Good Science Center Researchers


Not able to store reading positions

When I connect my Clara HD to my mac it queues books, but the second step fails out with an error. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks! calibre, version 4.23.0 ERROR: Unhandled exception: TypeError:'NoneType' object has no attribute '__getitem__' calibre 4.23 embedded-python: True is64bit: True Darwin-20.2.0-x86_64-i386-64bit Darwin ('64bit', '') ('Darwin', '20.2.0', 'Darwin Kernel Version 20.2.0: Wed Dec 2 20:39:59 PST 2020; root:xnu-7195.60.75~1/RELEASE_X86_64') Python 2.7.16 OSX: ('10.16...
Tags: Books, Plugin, Kobo Reader, Darwin, Barnes Noble, Goodreads, Kobo Utilities, NoneType, Darwin Kernel Version, EpubSplit, Count Pages, KoboTouchExtended, Darwin 64bit Darwin, KoboTouchBeta, Extract ISBN


Naked fugitive found in crocodile-infested waters near Darwin charged with fresh offences

Luke Voskresensky was rescued on the weekend by two fishermen but was re-arrested when they reached DarwinA naked alleged fugitive found by two fishermen sitting on a tree branch in Australian crocodile-infested waters has been slapped with additional charges of breaching bail and aggravated assault.Cam Faust said on Wednesday that he and fellow recreational fisher Kev Joiner heard Luke Voskresensky, 40, yell for help as they set crab traps from their dinghy in mangroves on the outskirts of the ...
Tags: Australia news, Wildlife, Crime - Australia, Northern Territory, Darwin, Darwin Continue, Luke Voskresensky, Cam Faust, Kev Joiner


Charles Darwin's Walking Stick

Whalebone, 1839. Darwin said the skull reminded him of his limited time on earth.  The cane was not affectation; by 1839 Darwin’s gait was suffering, perhaps due to any number of a variety of illnesses. From: Terrierman's Daily Dose To order the book.. [Author: PBurns]
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Practical starting points for a polymath

I’ve been reading The Polymath by Peter Burke over the holidays. I make no pretence of being any sort of polymath in the sense Burke describes, but as a generalist who likes diving in and out of various disciplines the subject definitely appealed. It didn’t disappoint, and there are some things in particular I thought I’d capture here as I think about them. There’s a list below of 24 factors that may have helped polymaths thrive which I’ve taken from the book, but added my own questions ...
Tags: Work, Learning, Education, Marketing, Fox, Culture, Innovation, Darwin, Polymath, Aristotle, Veblen, Burke, Thorstein Veblen, Peter Burke, Generalist, Polymaths


The top 10 places Americans moved to at the height of the pandemic in 2020

Six of the 10 places on the list are located in Texas. RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/Getty Images Millions of Americans have requested mail-forwarding services amid the coronavirus pandemic. MyMove, analyzing US Postal Service data, found that Americans moving between February and July 2020 mostly fled urban cores for more suburban areas. The country's largest winner of residents was Texas. Six of the 10 places on this list are Lone Star State suburbs. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more st...
Tags: Elon Musk, Florida, New York, Texas, California, New York City, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Post Office, Austin, US Postal Service, Idaho, Usps, Silicon Valley


Naked fugitive rescued from mangroves by Australian fishermen

The man told the fishermen he had been stuck for days over a swamp near Darwin, living off snails.
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Naked, stuck in a swamp, living off snails...

The man told the fishermen he had been stuck for days over a swamp near Darwin, living off snails.
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‘Star Wars’ Voice Actor Tom Kane Mostly Unable to Speak After Suffering a Stroke in November

Unless you’re a hardcore animation fan, you probably don’t know the name Tom Kane, but there’s a very good chance you’ve heard his voice sometime over the past 25 years. Tom Kane is probably best known for voicing Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and various other Star Wars animated TV shows and video games. Unfortunately, the voice actor suffered a stroke back in November, leaving him mostly unable to speak. Deadline called our attention to a post on Tom Kane’s Facebook page yes...
Tags: Television, Movies, Animation, Batman, Kansas City, Darwin, Yoda, Kane, Tom, University of Kansas, Tom Kane, Ultron, Genndy Tartakovsky, Star-Wars, The Powerpuff Girls, Business and Industry News


THE VERMILLION FLYCATCHER - Pyrocephalus rubinus

The Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus The Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus, is a small passerine bird from the Tyrannidae family. The species grows to about 18 cm)in length, and is strongly dimorphic. The common name of 'vermilion' only relates to the male flycatcher which is blessed with brilliant undersides, breast, neck and cap. The back is black and there is a black eye-band running running to and joining the back of the nape of the neck. the bill, legs are also black. ...
Tags: Gardening, Mexico, United States, South America, Central America, Galapagos Islands, Darwin, Vermillion, Simon Eade, Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike, Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike, Vermilion Flycatcher, Galapagos Flycatcher, Charles Clint


System-Info-0.060

Basic information about the systemChanges for 0.060 - 2020-12-21Use sysctl on Darwin Compare to Devel::Platform::Info Add CentOS-7.7 Add openSUSE Leap 15.1 Add Oracle Linux 7.7 Add CentOS 8.1 It's 2020 Add Oracle Linux 7.8 Prevent false negative CPANTESTERS fail reports Add CentOS 8.2 Add openSUSE-15.2 Add CentOS 7.8 Add CentOS 7.9 Add Oracle Linux 7.9 Fix META issue for bugtracker
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Good news: Ikea Monkey is living his best life

It's the uplifting "Where are they now?" file we all need to hear right now. Back in 2012, a Japanese macaque monkey named Darwin entered pop culture history, and all of our hearts, when he was photographed in a puffy shearling coat at a Canadian Ikea, staring forlornly out of the glass lobby door. — Read the rest
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THE HAPPY ALIEN PLANT - Calceolaria uniflora

The Happy Alien plant - Calceolaria uniflora The Happy Alien plant - Calceolaria uniflora is a bizarre looking species of evergreen, perennial plant from Tierra del Fuego in the southern part of South America. Also known as Darwin's Slipper Flower ('slipper flower' is a generic common name for all species within the Calceolaria genus), Calceolaria uniflora was first discovered by Charles Darwin during his expedition around South America - the Voyage of the Beagle, 1831–1836. In fact this ...
Tags: Gardening, Charles Darwin, South America, Darwin, Tierra del Fuego, Simon Eade, Calceolaria


5 marketing execs discuss the future of work, how shopping is changing, and why physical stores won't go away

Business Insider Business Insider selected the top people transforming marketing across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific earlier this year. Five of them — Instagram VP of product Vishal Shah; L'Oréal chief digital officer Lubomira Rochet; Eight Inc. founder Tim Kobe; Vuulr CEO Ian McKee; and Alkemy CEO and founder Duccio Vitali — gathered together for a virtual roundtable. The execs discussed trends in remote work, marketing, design, and more. Because of their work, B...
Tags: Apple, Europe, China, Advertising, Marketing, America, Trends, Nike, Netflix, Asia Pacific, Facebook Messenger, Italy, North America, Black Lives Matter, Darwin, Business Insider


'Am I illegal? Am I different?': the future is uncertain even after detention

Despite being granted refugee status after spending time in Nauru, Betelhem Zeleke remains on a bridging visaSeven years of Australia’s offshore detention program – a timelineLives in limbo: more than 1,500 asylum seekers still face uncertain futureBetelhem Zeleke still doesn’t know why she was released from Brisbane immigration transit accommodation on 1 April 2017. After more than three years in detention – one in Nauru and two in Brisbane – the Ethiopian refugee was suddenly free to go: “They...
Tags: Indonesia, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Brisbane, Ethiopia, Nauru, Melbourne, Darwin, Betelhem Zeleke, Zeleke