On my PL/SQL Challenge website, we have a feature called Roundtable, which offers an opportunity to discuss "big picture" questions relevant to Oracle programmers.
The current discussion (well, sharing, really) asks players to share the programming languages with which they work.
In part of my answer, I wrote:
I should learn new stuff...but, heck, I
am 55. I have spent a very large percentage of the last 35 years in
front of a computer or talking to other people about how to work best in
front of a computer.
I'd rather learn other new stuff, so for the past year I have
been intensively studying evolution. How truly incredible and amazing!
Now there's a "language" that blows my mind: The coding in DNA is
mind-boggling. The irrefutable and compelling logic of evolution is
If you have not read about evolution lately (and certainly almost
anything you learned in school was both superficial and is now out of
date), I strongly encourage you to check out:
Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin
The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner
The Darwinian Tourist, Christopher Wills
Why Evolution is True, Jerry Coyne
To which one player responded:
==> [The irrefutable and compelling logic of evolution is astonishing.] <==
Is religious zeal allowed on this site? If it is, I am very happy to hear. I have tons of it. Irrefutable huh? Huh. Sounds like religious zeal to me. Please let me know!
I responded in part as follows:
The irrefutable and compelling logic of
evolution is astonishing to those of us who use and celebrate science to
understand the world and live within that world. Evolution is accepted
as fact within the scientific community (which is not to say there
aren't a few scientists here and there who reject it, I suppose) and is
demonstrated in virtually every branch of science active today.
and offered to start a discussion on my personal blog, where it would be more appropriate to delve into our different opinions about evolution.
So here it is! I look forward to at least a response from Mike to get this going, and I would ask those who submit a post to tell me what books or articles by scientists that document the evolutionary process have you read. I am not asking if you believed any of it, but simply whether (and which) you have exposed yourself to this information.