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February 14, 2009

Accelerating Evolution

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

To celebrate the publication of the fun, informative and provocative new book "The 10,000 Year Explosion," 2Blowhards recently spent a week chatting with one of the book's co-authors, Gregory Cochran. Access all five of those postings here. So it's fun to see that the mainstream -- in the form of Discover magazine -- has now begun to take enthusiastic note of the book (and the people and the work behind it) too.

Bonus link: John Tierney is hoping that someone will bring a Neanderthal to life.

Bonus Link #2: Some reflecting about evolution and economics leads Gary Marcus to wonder about some of the different meanings of the word "fitness."



posted by Michael at February 14, 2009


Wow, only $30 million could bring a Neanderthal to life! What a bargain! It is much less than what we have spent on breeding giant pandas. What is the use of giant pandas anyway, except for being so cute. Of course, the bigger question is where to keep the Neanderthal baby. It would be disrespectful to keep it in a zoo.

In her wicked mood today, Pupu believes we should bring the Neanderthals along, and then decide what to do with them. Who knows, we may fall in love again.

Posted by: Pupu on February 16, 2009 4:11 PM

Why do I think that Neanderthals would be very gentle and have feelings that are easily hurt?

Posted by: PatrickH on February 17, 2009 9:28 AM

"Why do I think that Neanderthals would be very gentle and have feelings that are easily hurt?"

Maybe big heads make them look a bit like babies.

Posted by: genemachine on March 5, 2009 7:19 AM

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