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Toilet paper orientation The over orientation The under orientation While many people consider this topic unimportant, some hold strong opinions on the matter. Sex in the Old Testament: God is a Darwinist. There is a tremendous amount of accumulated evidence that men of high-status have greater reproductive fitness. Generally speaking, this is due to the fact that male status is positively correlated with sexual access to multiple women. In 1986, Laura Betzig published a book titled wherein she demonstrated that historically speaking despots have accrued great reproductive fitness via their ability to have greater access to many women (and in many instances they would monopolize their sexual access via the founding of harems).

'How Dawkins converted me from atheism to agnosticism' Clint Witchalls, Opinion editor Bernard Beckett is a high school teacher in Wellington, New Zealand and author of works of fiction for young adults littered with scientific themes. His novel Genesis, which is now coming out in paperback, was written on a Royal Society fellowship during which he investigated DNA mutations. I spoke with Beckett about the inspiration behind his writing, his latest project, and how Richard Dawkins converted him from atheism to agnosticism. Your novel, Genesis, covers a lot of science: evolution, global pandemics and artificial intelligence.

Google Maps for Educators - A How-to Guide So you may have used Google Maps to look at your house and find directions to a new restaurant in the city, but have you ever considered developing your own maps in Google Maps? Or have you had students create a map based on a book they read? Have you had students calculate distances and areas using Google Maps? Have you considered having students record local history in an interactive map? If you have ever wondered how to do these things, this guide to Google Maps is for. Last week I published a couple of other Google guides that may be of interest to you.Google Books for EducatorsAn Introduction to Advanced Google Search

It's gloppy, it's soggy, it's un-American. - By Nathan Heller It goes like this: You're sitting at a large picnic in early summer—plastic forks, burgers, corn in your teeth—when someone leaves the table and returns with a large pan. "I brought a pie," he says, setting it down in front of you. A spatula emerges. People coo. This is the start of an unpleasant afternoon. The pie, because it is a pie, does not so much "slice" as volcanically erupt under the pressure of the knife, oozing its livid fluid everywhere; your own piece, when it comes, is a miniature apocalypse of broken pastry parts and heat-blitzed fruit.

Spirit levels Is this a godless age? No, say 'post-secularist' academics, who argue that the world outside the liberal West is 'furiously religious'. But such scholars overstate the number of believers, contends Alastair Bonnett, and ignore support for secularism worldwide Some words seem to be made for each other: "strawberries" and "cream"; "spending" and "cuts". Should we add "secular" and "elite" to the list? David McCullough at Wellesley Commencement: ‘You Are Not Special’ (Video) Dr. Wong, Dr. Keough, Mrs. Novogroski, Ms. Curran, members of the board of education, family and friends of the graduates, ladies and gentlemen of the Wellesley High School class of 2012, for the privilege of speaking to you this afternoon, I am honored and grateful.

Sarah Stillman: The Use and Abuse of Civil Forfeiture On a bright Thursday afternoon in 2007, Jennifer Boatright, a waitress at a Houston bar-and-grill, drove with her two young sons and her boyfriend, Ron Henderson, on U.S. 59 toward Linden, Henderson’s home town, near the Texas-Louisiana border. They made the trip every April, at the first signs of spring, to walk the local wildflower trails and spend time with Henderson’s father. This year, they’d decided to buy a used car in Linden, which had plenty for sale, and so they bundled their cash savings in their car’s center console. Just after dusk, they passed a sign that read “Welcome to Tenaha: A little town with BIG Potential!” They pulled into a mini-mart for snacks. When they returned to the highway ten minutes later, Boatright, a honey-blond “Texas redneck from Lubbock,” by her own reckoning, and Henderson, who is Latino, noticed something strange.

Global Population Density at a Glance (Infographic) Fathom Information Design/Promo image This population density map is making the rounds on the blogs today, to near-universal acclaim. And for good reason; it might be the most intuitive look at global pop. density ever cobbled together. The brainchild of Fathom Information Design, 'Dencity' uses small pixels to connote density, big ones to convey wide-open, unpopulated spaces. Fast Company explains why the design works: