Home Is Where the Heart Is

February 15th, 2008

And, mine is certainly now in San Francisco. The past month has brought some incredible changes to my life, and I am now looking (only somewhat fearfully) at the upcoming year with excitement. I am commuting once a week to Davis, CA for TWIS. We’ll see how long I’ll be up to the commute, but I promise that TWIS will persist regardless. Food Science is on hold for the time being. Hopefully, we’ll be bringing new episodes to you sooner rather than later. And, I’m working on a new project with Revision3, which will launch in late February. Stay tuned for lots of science fun!

In the meantime, this past week included two important days: Valentine’s Day and Darwin’s birthday. While I saw people running around with flowers, cards, and candy for the former, the latter heralded hardly a peep outside the science community. It’s quite a shame I think that a vaguely known Saint is so celebrated, but Darwin remains in the sidelines aside for the occasional attacks by religious fundamentalists.

Many scientific hypotheses come and go, but Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection has weathered the tests of time. It remains a solid, well-tested mechanism comprising one of the fundamental processes of the Theory of Evolution. Darwin’s influence on the entire field of evolutionary thought cannot be discounted, and is possibly as important as that of Einstein on the field of physics. Yet, where is the love? Here’s a song produced by a friend of mine, which I think does a great job of covering the issue. Expect to hear it on the 2008 TWIS compilation cd!

5 Responses to “Home Is Where the Heart Is”

  1. John H Maloney on February 15, 2008 8:11 pm

    Great song. It baffles me that some people fail to understand the simple concept that that which is most apt to survive and reproduce will do so. I’m glad that your move went well, looking forward to your upcoming project on Rev 3. 🙂

  2. Jason Holliston on February 16, 2008 12:14 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that Food Science is on hold for now. My daughter is 11 years old, and moves between being really interested in science and being, well, a lot less interested in it. She loves your shows (even if I do have to do a little background explaining on the chemistry and biology you mention, but that’s the fun part for me), and keeps her interested in a way that school sometimes fails to do. I hope you get back to it soon. Loved the chocolate episode!

  3. Yo inacapacipated Bruddha on February 17, 2008 12:01 am

    Your #whatever fan has struck again…..
    The city by the bay has me singing Jack Johnson songs. Scientific minds may represent the largest growth of probable methods to neglecting the probable miracle of intellectual insight, although the smoke may clear soon. Your posts are the guiding light for the heat sinking minds of 2008. and I vote Kiki. For Everything.
    Too bad my Firefox spellchecker doesn’t agree. Pbbbt.

  4. Kevin Kitura on February 19, 2008 8:53 pm

    Before you put Darwin on a pedestal perhaps you should find out a little bit more about the man. After all Darwin at heart was a raciest and a eugenicist. Not only that, but the idea for natural selection had been around for some time before Darwin arrived on the scene.

    You can check out Donald De Marco & Benjamin Wiker article titled “Charles Darwin”.




  5. Melisande Echanique on February 24, 2008 3:54 am

    Welcome to the Bay Area.

    I can’t lose TWIS though. Whatever needs to happen for you and Justin to keep bringing the Science to the streets… or at least my computer. Seriously I’m always impatient for it to be available (except for those odd days I’m actually up that early) and always sad when it’s over.
    Maybe I’ll see you around town, although I’m in the BEast so you know…bridge.

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