Comments on: Morphed and Meeting Evolutionary “Needs” Musings on Nature, Science, Evolution, Biology, and Education Wed, 30 Sep 2009 18:41:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: Biochemical Soul » Kingdom of the Blue Whale! - National Geographic Fri, 27 Feb 2009 04:38:18 +0000 […] an early copy of NGC’s Darwin Specials. She had a minor problem with one aspect of it, which I then expounded upon. I saw the problem as a critical one in which they incorrectly spoke about the mechanisms of […]

By: Darwin and the Heart of Evolution - Biochemicalsoul Thu, 12 Feb 2009 04:04:25 +0000 […] but you would be wrong. For the above describes only what a heart does – not why we have one. As I wrote a few days ago, evolution pays no attention to “needs.” Species don’t evolve because they […]

By: Irradiatus Fri, 06 Feb 2009 19:58:24 +0000 Yay, NGC likes me too!

from NGC’s Digital Consultant, Minjae Ormes:

“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful mention of Morphed via Christie’s blog and the program information I shared with you. I also wanted to let you know that my apologies we didn’t connect sooner, in which case I would have offered the opportunity to send you screener DVDs for the same programs Christie reviewed. :) It’s my fault that I came upon your blog too close to the broadcasting date, but I wanted to send you a brief note to make sure you didn’t feel you were left out!

Thanks again for everything and please let me know if you’d be interested in receiving information about similar programs that might be relevant and interesting to you and your readers in the future. It would be my pleasure to send them your way!


Very thoughtful, I do say!

By: Eric Fri, 06 Feb 2009 18:51:23 +0000 It’s definitely not a nit pick on Christie’s part. I think part of the reason that it is so hard for some people to grasp is that the popular media (including NGC) gives their intuitive cause and effect bias confirmation.

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By: Christie Fri, 06 Feb 2009 18:18:54 +0000 Aw, why thank you for the shameless plug of my blog! Just wait till you see my review on their other two programs – I know, I’m a lucky bitch :)

I have to add, the series did a very good job of putting the environmental or other pressures that might lead to selection for certain traits – predation, climate change, etc in with their description of evolution. So they did, at least somewhat, try to show how why certain traits might have changed over time, but they failed to say something like “thus the Pakicetus that sought food in the water were able to survive and breed while the ones who stayed on land ran out of prey due to global warming, and as they moved into water, those with thicker tails were better swimmers, giving them an advantage over those with thin tails…” or whatnot.

I always hate criticizing a good program, though, that will be appealing to more than scientists. Hence the nit-pick comment… I guess I’m torn over making a program 100% accurate and making it appealing to people who don’t squeal like ‘N Sync fans when they see a paper on a fossilized whale fetus. I mean, we are a elite breed…