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Today marks the big unveiling of Ida, the name given to a phenomenally intact 47-million-year-old fossil that links humans with monkeys.  The announcement seems to be making some of my coworkers uncomfortable as it, in their own words, undermines their entire Christian faith.  Coincidentally, I’m writing this blog entry just as I am finishing the last chapter of Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution is True (an accessible up-to-date summary of the Theory of Evolution, just read it, okay?).  A quotation:

Evolution tells us where we came from, not where we can go.

Well put.  I can’t think of a good reason why anybody would give up their faith if the fossil indeed turns out to be the “Rosetta Stone” to our evolutionary past—unless the foundation for his or her belief was on already shaky ground to begin with.  It’s not the Bible that will fail, it’s that person’s interpretation.  Enough said.


I almost bought The Black Swan last weekend.  I’m glad I didn’t, looking at the reviews now.  But these two look like really good reads: Born to Run, and Life List.  Both authors were on The Bob Edwards Show last week.  Yeah, it’s non-fiction week at

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