Sometimes the automatic PDF information extraction in Mendeley doesn’t work quite right.
If you’re a scientist or science-lover who grew up around the time I did, here’s one of your idols talking about creationism. There are a bunch of great quotes, but I especially loved these:
- “If you try to ignore [deep time], your world view just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent.”
- “As my old professor, Carl Sagan, said, ‘When you’re in love you want to tell the world.’ So, once in a while I get people that really-—or that claim—-they don’t believe in evolution. And my response generally is ‘Well, why not?'”
Watch the mental calculus exhibited by this heron fishing with bait, sacrificing perfectly good bread for the chance at a larger payoff. I’m still biased towards primates, but birds are a lot smarter than we think.
EDIT: In more bird smarts news, here’s a massive collection of videos via Reddit of corvids displaying their intelligence.
Heron video via MetaFilter.