Darwin Correspondence Project

It is not the strongest that survives

[ ‘According to Darwin’s Origin of Species,]… it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.’ Though it is often misattributed to Charles […]

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Suits by William Ayot

Suits by William Ayot Suits collect in corners. Preening themselves, they congregate in navy worsted groups to practice competition and their golf-swing. Suits are strong on imperfections. They know that other’s failings, pointed out, can only show they are themselves a cut above the rest. Suits in mode like sudden shears, rip and slash. Instinctively feeling […]

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress.

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree. Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree Heffernan suggests that we encourage conflict at work, it is a form of […]

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Here Dead We Lie

Here Dead We Lie Here dead we lie Because we did not choose To live and shame the land From which we sprung. Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose, But young men think it is, And we were young. – A E Housman This poster is from World War 1 Propaganda Posters an […]

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A Tale of Two Rembrandts – part 1

I was at the National Gallery in London recently. My friend took me to see a particular painting, as I looked at it he stood behind me and simply asked, “What to do you See?” “It’s a self portrait of Rembrandt”, clearly wasn’t going to be enough, as he put his hand on my shoulder […]

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Ben Goldacre: Battling bad science

Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they’re right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry. Ben Goldacre: Battling bad science High […]

Vote for Bob. A campaign from the RSPB to put our countryside and our wildlife on the political agenda.

Vote for Bob: your countryside needs you

A vote for Bob is a vote for nature I may be just one small red squirrel, but I have big ambitions. I want my young – and yours – to inherit a world where they can thrive. I’m challenging all politicians to take care of the natural places we all need and enjoy. I’m not asking you to […]

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Favourite WordPress themes

These are my current favourite WordPress themes. I am currently using, or have recently used, all of these. I am sure there are many other great themes it is just these are the ones I have tried. These are all for self-hosted WordPress.org sites… I know that several are also avaialbel for WordPress.com sites too. […]

Our ancient ancestors may have known more about gender than we do

Our ancient ancestors may have known more about gender than we do

The video says it all. Worth watching even if you have no time to read the post. It comes from a new site The Conversation, that looks to be great source of news too. By Karina Croucher, University of Bradford A recent advert by sanitary product manufacturer Always asks us to think harder about the […]

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The Conversation: Shell shock treatment in WW1

Re-blogged from The Conversation   Shell shock treatments reveal the conflict in psychiatry’s heart By James Bradley, University of Melbourne One of the most iconic images of the first world war, the outbreak of which is being commemorated all over the world, is the deserter – heartlessly tried for cowardice, blindfolded and bound to a […]

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Why It’s Time To Yet Again Reconsider The Death Penalty In America

After waiting 25 years on death row, when he is finally executed it takes him nearly two hours to die. Surely this is both cruel and inhuman. Why It’s Time To Yet Again Reconsider The Death Penalty In America Elite Daily Arizona’s execution of convicted killer Joseph Wood reignited the debate of capital punishment and […]

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Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces

‘Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you’ll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books — remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very […]

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Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue

‘Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called “women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior […]

The Great Lakes by John Smith is a current favourite, courtesy of Dermot O’Leary’s latest Saturday Sessions.

Great Lakes by John Smith

The Great Lakes by John Smith is a current favourite, courtesy of Dermot O’Leary’s latest Saturday Sessions. I’ve never listened to his radio programme, (too reminiscent of Big Brother?), but I’m a great fan of his Saturday Session CDs.

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The Pearl Fisher’s duet

The Pearl Fisher’s Duet appears many times on YouTube, this one with Bryn Terfel and Roberto Alagna is just fabulous. To quote one commenter: “Be still. And listen. This is the sound of Heaven on Earth.” Sadly the HD version of this appears to have gone. So catch this version while you may. And I want Alagna’s […]

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Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing

Sheena Iyengar at TED In this TED Talk, Sheena Iyengar: The Art of CHoosing, describes how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our […]

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Some reasons for not blogging

5 Reasons I Walked Away from the Blogosphere Reblogged from The Chaotic Bedhead “Once upon a time, I was the blogger behind The Quirky Martini, a college fashion and lifestyle blog. I received about 3,000 UMV, created and maintained relationships with other fashion bloggers, collaborated with some smaller labels, and signed each post with “xx, Sarah […]

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A Crow Vending Machine | TED

Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows. (Notice the gleam of intelligence in their little black eyes?) After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he’s come up with an elegant thought experiment: a machine that could form a new bond between animal and human. Crows are common, we’ve all seen them. Well, […]