Sleazy (The Remix) [feat. Andre 3000] — Ke$ha
As a person who studies evolution, I think the most common misconception about evolution among those who accept it is that selection hones traits such that organisms tightly fit specific niches. Contemporary evolutionary biology, however, gives a lot of emphasis to random or stochastic processes that Darwin didn’t. Given the power of these forces, evolution does not necessarily maximize the fitness of organisms.
The simple inequality above neatly conveys the role that one of these random processes, genetic drift, plays in evolution. The variable s can be thought of as the “selection coefficient” or the relative fitness of a phenotype where s=0 would represent neutrality with respect to selection and s=1 would represent complete lethality. The variable Ne which is known as the “effective population size” can be thought of as the number of breeding individuals in a population. When the above inequality is fulfilled, the power of genetic drift overwhelms that of natural selection. The idea is that, in small populations, the random sampling of genes can render selection weak.
I think that if a person advocates for evolution (scientist or not), they should be aware of the idea that natural selection is not the sole mechanism of evolution and that random processes have an important role in evolution.
The Gates - Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The Gates is a procession of 7,532 sixteen-foot-high frames from which hang rectangles of heavy nylon fabric, all saffron-colored and stationed at regular intervals (and some irregular, in respect for overhanging branches) along 23 miles of walkways through the 800 or so acres of Central Park.
I must say that today, in my art appreciation class, I had expanded my view on art… I’ve never quite understood non-objective art or any form of minimalism. I’ve always had this desire for grand statues and walls to be concrete and everlasting and expensive. That’s the greatest form, right? Not necessarily.
My professor exposed The Gates and Fences by Christo and Jeanne Claude to the class today (along with a nearly 500 year old tea cup/bowl used as a form of art/experience in Japan)… I’ve never felt so in awe with such a piece as I did with Christo and Jeanne Claude’s artwork.
My cousin was an art student who studied under Christo and Jeanne-Claude. She worked on and supervised some of the installation of The Gates.
I am one of eight siblings. It’s like being part of the weirdest club in the world.
Childs Play | SZA feat. Chance the Rapper
I love this song and I love Chance the Rapper’s Edward G. Robinson/Clancy Wiggum impression.