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View Diary: What are you reading? Oct 23, 2013 (80 comments)

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  •  Occasionally he's quite engaging (4+ / 0-)

    but mostly it's been a fairly disjointed journey so far. If he writes that he knows of studies and examples too numerous or complicated to quote just one more time I'll chew off his beard.

    I'd prefer more detail! A few numbers tossed in among the pigeons would be nice.

    But yes, I do concede that without his having to go into actual specifics he does provide a lot of undeniably meaty substance to back his theories.

    And it is actually kind of fun to read. It's almost a rambling train of thought and shows so much of his personality and sense of wonder.

    •  I was impressed (5+ / 0-)

      about all the trouble Darwin went to to see how long seeds would last, so he could prove that it was feasible for them to go across bodies of water and sprout on the other side.

      And there's also a section where he explains why not finding intermediate forms between species in the fossil record is actually what should be expected, given his theory.  Quite eye-opening.

      •  By an odd coincidence-- (1+ / 0-)
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        Just this morning I read exactly that portion about the lack of intermediate forms in the fossil record. Just thought I'd add this late note to giggle a bit over your last sentence because that portion of Darmin's book does indeed end with a discussion of how a complex and seemingly perfect organ like the eye could have evolved-- sighting examples of eyes in crustaceans which cover a range from very rudimentary forms to hugely complex structures.

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