03 October 2007 Filed in: Darwin News
The final words have been written, the last edits completed, the cover design and printing done: this journey has come to an end.
Was it worth it? Well, it was for me – and I hope you find it worthwhile too.
This will, therefore, be the last posting on this Looking for Darwin blog, while the Looking for Darwin website takes over as the source of information: www.LookingforDarwin.com
Happy reading and all the best, Lloyd Spencer Davis.
27 July 2007 Filed in: Darwin News
The launch of Looking for Darwin has been delayed by a week, pushing it back to Sunday 7 October. This is to allow for delays in the shipment of the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibition on Darwin from Brazil to Auckland. The book launch is to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.
The manuscript has been copy-edited and page proofs are due very soon.
28 April 2007 Filed in: The Voyage of the Beagle
I have just returned from the WildSouth International Film Festival in Wanaka – a festival that I had a hand in organizing. But that is not the point of this: what got me excited was not just the quality of individual films like the wonderful Mississippi: tales of a river rat but the unavoidable awe one experienced at seeing the different faces of Nature apparent in the films. From the opening of the festival, with its montage of superlative images of wildlife set to the haunting music of Trevor Coleman (in Equator: circle of life), to the many insects that dot the South American landscape in Buggin’ with Ruud, to the sequences of sharks, hunting dogs and elephants in the BBC’s Pole to Pole – you could not help but marvel at how varied Nature is, at how clever Natural Selection has been. Read More...
25 February 2007 Filed in: Darwin News
In 1999 the Kansas Board of Education voted to downplay the importance of evolution in the science curriculum. This culminated in a set of science “standards” prescribed by the board in 2005 that, “challenged the validity of evolution and called it incompatible with religious doctrine.”
After a voter backlash, however, that saw more moderate members elected to the board, the board has just voted by a 6-4 majority to throw out those science standards, which they deemed to be hostile to evolution. Read More...
Dr Prescott with anchor that may have been used on the Beagle in its later life.
I was interested to read a three-year-old news item that suggested that the remains of Darwin’s ship, HMS Beagle, had been found:
“A team led by Dr Robert Prescott of the University of St Andrews has located what they believe are the remains of HMS Beagle beneath an Essex marsh.” Read More...
21 January 2007 Filed in: The Voyage of the Beagle
Painting by Augustus Earle of Kororareka from his time spent in New Zealand
A little while ago I gave a talk at a conference in Auckland in which I mentioned Looking for Darwin. I was approached afterwards by Guy Hamling, who kindly drew my attention to a passage written in Earle’s Narrative of his time in New Zealand. Read More...
02 January 2007 Filed in: Darwin News
Richard Dawkins may or may not give Christmas gifts, but I received him as a gift. Well, to be more exact, I received a copy of his book, “The God Delusion.”
I’ve started reading it and it looks interesting: well written and to say that it pulls punches would be like saying Mike Tyson intended to kiss Evander Holyfield’s ear. There is more than just a little of the pugilistic in the language, more than just a little of the boxer in his stance. Read More...