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From Nature Stories from Darwin:

Among Darwin’s pet dogs was a large black and white half-bred retriever. This animal was the delighted companion of the naturalist in his walks about the home and neighborhood. Bob, for this was the dog’s name, had but one fear in the jaunts which he took with his master. This fear was that the walk would be too short.

When the pair started out, Bob generally led the way, and he was an elated leader. Stepping high, with head much raised, erected ears, and tail carried aloft, but not stiffly, he was the picture of four-footed pleasure.

But Darwin was interested in living things besides dogs. Not far from the residence was a hot-house, where the naturalist cultivated plants for experimental purposes. This was reached by a path which branched to the right, near the dwelling. When Darwin would turn down this path, Bob showed disappointment to the point of dejection, for his dog mind made him fear that the hot-house would really be the end of the walk. The instantaneous and complete change in Bob’s expression formed one of the naturalist’s favorite studies of the emotions in animals. So alert was the dog that any swerving of his master towards the hot-house brought on the symptoms of dejection. It worked the same when an inclination to turn down the path was shown, simply to experiment with Bob’s emotions. When this feeling came the ears fell to the side of the head, the attitude of the whole body changed and the eyes lost their sparkle. The case of Bob became so well known to all the Darwin family that he was called by them the dog with the “hot-house face” (pg 45-47).

I’ve seen this hot-house face before:

 

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Let’s party like it’s 1859!

You know, 1859.

When The Origin of Species was first published.

Because I wouldn’t know how to party if you paid me to, I will show you how I am going to celebrate this day: ┬áBy embedding a video!

This is a little long– a little less than two hours. But it is a very good.

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Captain FitzRoy: What sort of clergyman will you be, Mr. Darwin?

Darwin: Dreadful…Dreadful.

 

 

 

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Darwin on a Dog Walk

From hairyreasoner

Darwin loved going for long walks with his dogs, so I am sure that he would be thrilled that someone made a film about a long walk with his dog to explain Darwin’s theory.

Oh and here’s Part II.

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“Evolution really happened.”

End of story.

This is probably the clearest and most elegant description of Darwin’s wonderful theory that I’ve ever heard.

This video is worth your time.

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I know where you can get one!

Mike Seaver explains (Warning: He’s black helicopterish):

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The copy that you can get from these people has a 50 page introduction by Ray Comfort. Never mind that it is absolute piffle– Einstein a creationist? Give me a break!

You see, you don’t have to read the copy they give you. You can just skip the first 50 pages and read Mr.Darwin’s magnum opus. I guess these people didn’t think it through all the way.

BTW, Mr. Comfort is best known for his wonderful piece of evidence for creationism– the banana!

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In case, you didn’t know, the banana’s characteristics are all the result of selective breeding as a domesticated plant species.

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No one ever said these people were smart.

After all, they are giving away a copy of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, a text they oppose!

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I know where you can get one!

Mike Seaver explains (Warning: He’s black helicopterish):

Source.

The copy that you can get from these people has a 50 page introduction by Ray Comfort. Never mind that it is absolute piffle– Einstein a creationist? Give me a break!

You see, you don’t have to read the copy they give you. You can just skip the first 50 pages and read Mr.Darwin’s magnum opus. I guess these people didn’t think it through all the way.

BTW, Mr. Comfort is best known for his wonderful piece of evidence for creationism– the banana!

Source.

In case, you didn’t know, the banana’s characteristics are all the result of selective breeding as a domesticated plant species.

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No one ever said these people were smart.

After all, they are giving away a copy of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, a text they oppose!

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You may wind up hating me because of it. If you strongly disagree, just ignore it and look for the parts of the blogs that you like.

Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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greenland-dog

Answer: Darwin

Next question please.

My favorite of Convict Kent’s lectures begins here. Cryptozoology r one fun pseudo-science. Add Creationist bullshit to that, and it’s one great laugh after another!

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