Category Archives: Evolution in the Classroom

Biological Anthropology Blogs

John Hawks is a paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who I first saw give a talk at the American Anthropological Association conference last year.  The first thing that caught my attention was that he looks like a pre-emo hipster … Continue reading

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Improving an Introduction to Evolutionary Studies Course

As usual, I’m inspired by a few other recent blogs–namely Adam van Arsdale’s, Holly Dunsworth’s, & John Hawks’s (who is ingeniously focusing on the evolution of one body part at a time & actually posting his lectures here; maybe we … Continue reading

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ALLELE: Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution

At the University of Alabama, we just wrapped up our 2011-12 evolution lecture series, so, with that sense of completion, I wanted to share some highlights of why it is so worthwhile to host and attend such events. We started … Continue reading

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The Evolution Paradox in Higher Education (Or how I had to buck up and teach myself this evolution stuff!)

As I’ve written in several of my publications, evolution is under attack. But not only by religious fundamentalists, who may reject evolution outright due to conflicts regarding the origins of life. This particular rejection is sort of the high-profile rejection … Continue reading

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(Food Erections, Gorilla Prozac, Bonobo Cunnilingus &) Apes in & at the Nashville Zoo

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Zoos are one of those concessions to the limits of consciousness I both regularly support & by which I am slightly horrified.  Humans don’t have enough empathy to extend to all the furry & scaly creatures out there w/o caging … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary Importance of Mixed-Age Learning – Lessons from a Church Basement

So in spite of how ridiculous Kramer appeared when he famously beat out the karate competition consisting of a bunch of 7-year olds (Seinfeld allusion – you had to be there …), I’ve joined my daughter Megan (11) and son … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Lessons for the Graduates

Hear that robin singing in the morning? Smell the white blossoms on the natural rose bushes near the woods? See the turkey vultures soaring high – in communicative harmony with one another? Note this: The same forces accounting for these examples account for everything you see when you look in a mirror. Your are part of this magnificent natural world. This insight is, for my money, what makes Darwinism a truly spiritual approach to the world.
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A New Marker of Interdisciplinarity

Diversity of the majors of students interested in EvoS strikes me as a great marker of interdisciplinarity. Continue reading

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On the importance of mixed-age learning and how to make the most of it in an EvoS program

Mixed-age learning is something that came naturally to our ancestors but must be rediscovered in modern education. Even though children from all cultures have much to learn, formal schooling didn’t exist until recently. Moreover, there is often little adult instruction … Continue reading

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Why Spearheading EvoS-New Paltz was the Best Career Move I Ever Made

I type on a plane that just left Los Angeles – bound for the East Coast – where I will need to switch from my HBES (Human Behavior and Evolution Society) identity to my identity as husband, dad, dog owner, … Continue reading

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