November 9, 2008

November 2008

I have done a little research and extended the set of animals which I will not eat down our family tree to the superorder Euarchontoglires(Supraprimates). This is a marked improvement from the previous set which only consisted of the order Primates. I'm thinking of cutting out all mammals except the order Artiodactyla which luckily includes all of the tastiest animals, but I am not sure what I am missing yet. It looks like everything is there though. I just think it's important to know where your boundaries are. 

Speaking of primates, I finally saw the Bonobos at the Jacksonville Zoo. They were probably the most interesting thing I have ever seen at a zoo. At the same time, it was unsettling to see such intelligent creatures being gawked at by so many people. I doubt they mind where they live, or the fact that they are in a zoo. It's not like they know what they are missing. It was how they responded to us watching them that seemed strange. What it was, is that they were obviously capable of a much more meaningful interaction than just being watched. They seemed bored with the whole arrangement, like they needed more stimulus, something challenging to do.

That's another thing. Some people don't think we are related to all of the other animals in the zoo. Like god miracled our ass here, and I guess just made it look a lot like our ancient ancestors were much more arborial to test our faith or something. Of course not believing in evolution is patently silly and a very clear case of willful ignorance. Yes, sometimes the truth hurts. Science shouldn't care whether or not it makes you feel good about yourself.

"You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else." -Tyler Durden

I wouldn't even mind federal oversite in this matter to ensure that our states do not handicap American science education. We don't encourage little kids to be scientists when they grow up by hiding the truths of the empirical world from their curious minds. (To link the picture above to all of this: Abstinence only education is another type of 'education' that doesn't work as well as others, but sure does make many parents feel good.)

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