Omnipelagos

The “meandering search engine” finds the shortest path between two search terms. Some of the relationships are fairly mechanical, done as they are by a search engine without much discrimination, but it is the closest you can get to a machine rendering of the Kevin Bacon game.

Charles Darwin has a posse

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Stickers in support of evolution: “Without more public displays of affection for the theories of natural selection and evolution, it is likely that more and more schools will allow or even promote the teaching of evolution ‘alternatives’ that invoke dabbling by supernatural entities. To provide some of the needed visible support for science and reason, please consider stickering something with his image. Sure, these efforts are probably completely futile, but wouldn’t you sleep better tonight knowing that you’ve done your part to delay our slip into Dark Ages II?” (biology@swarthmore)

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The Illogic of Intelligent Design

Does God Have Back Problems Too? “Current believers in creationism, masquerading in its barely disguised incarnation, “intelligent design,” argue similarly, claiming that only a designer could generate such complex, perfect wonders.

But, in fact, the living world is shot through with imperfection. Unless one wants to attribute either incompetence or sheer malevolence to such a designer, this imperfection — the manifold design flaws of life — points incontrovertibly to a natural, rather than a divine, process, one in which living things were not created de novo, but evolved. Consider the human body. Ask yourself, if you were designing the optimum exit for a fetus, would you engineer a route that passes through the narrow confines of the pelvic bones?” (LA Times op-ed)

Will Karl Rove be Indicted?

Caught in a Perjury Trap: “Occasionally I get emails from Washington folks who work on the Hill claiming to possess juicy insider digs on our public servants and their corporate paymasters. I usually delete said emails, as I don’t want to be responsible for propagating dirty rumors or false information that can’t be corroborated. I’d rather let Judith Miller and the New York Times do that. Nonetheless, in the past 24 hours I have been contacted by three separate Congressional Democrats in Washington, and a Justice Department official, first by email and later phone, who all say the same thing: Karl Rove is about to be indicted.” `–Joshua Frank (Counterpunch)