Saturday, April 20, 2013

Evolution Quotes

"The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity." - Richard Dawkins

"Evolution is a process of constant branching and expansion." - Stephen Jay Gould

"Evolution is a tinkerer." - Francois Jacob

"Evolution thus is merely contingent on certain processes articulated by Darwin: variation and selection." - Ernst Mayr

"It is not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." - Charles Darwin

Friday, April 5, 2013


It's all in how you look at it.

...and both are true.

We are the Universe

"The knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on earth - the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars- the high mass ones among them- went unstable in their later years- they collapsed and then exploded- scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy- guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems- stars with orbiting planets. And those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up- many people feel small, cause their small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

"We are the Universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out." - Delenn, Babylon 5