For those of you who have only recently started reading this blog, I had some fantastic posts in 2012.
I took a long road trip from Oklahoma to California and back. One of the main purposes of this trip was to take photos and make videos to teach about evolution. I posted a series of “Evotour” essays, with photos. I saw some really interesting and thought-provoking things! The links are below:
- Eclipse of the Sun
- The Southwest Desert
- Parkfield Road, or, Skipping Across Crustal Plates. I visited the San Andreas Fault, where the Pacific Plate rubs up against the North American Plate. There is a bridge over it, labeled with signs, way out in the country!
- The Purisima Hills (with a remnant pine population and big lichens)
- The Transit of Venus, or, Guillame LeGentil Finally Gets Satisfaction. I saw the last Transit of Venus that any of us will ever see.
- Fire and Renewal in the California Mountains
- The Evolution of Christian Science. I visited a Christian Science church and tried to figure out how such a religion could ever have evolved.
- Feeling Small (in the presence of giant sequoias)
- Races of the Human Species: A Visit to Manzanar (a World War Two Japanese American internment camp)
- Among the Ancients (a visit to the oldest trees in the world)
I also posted a series about Religion and Science, The Vast Gulf. Science and religion differ markedly on such issues as:
- How to Find Things Out
- The Heavens (what are they?)
- Dust of the Ground
- You Are What You Eat
- Weather and Climate
- Where Babies Come From
- Was the World Made for Man?
- The Future (this one was posted January 2013)
I also had a series of posts from the Oklahoma Evolution Workshop in October 2012. A stimulating experience, not to be forgotten!
I posted numerous free-standing essays, of which my best were:
Appealing to the Basest Instincts. This was about politicians, and it has suddenly become more relevant than ever!
Reality of Global Warming: The 2012 Phenology Conference. Includes a part in which two scientists who consider global warming to be a gigantic problem were listed among the “3000 scientists who reject global warming.”
If you have time, take a look at these. I have left out essays which, however interesting, dealt with issues that were mainly relevant in 2012.