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by AstusAleator
Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:41 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Diversifying selection
Replies: 15
Views: 38133

Re: Diversifying selection

Sorry for getting semantical on you. divergence does not only address sexual selection. Any selection can cause divergence. It's a simple concept really. Imagine a standard bell-curve as an "ideal" distribution of a trait in a population - then add selective pressure to the very middle of ...
by AstusAleator
Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:43 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: On Subspecies
Replies: 3
Views: 6426

From a management perspective, ssp is a very valuable classification as it allows us to identify subpopulations that may be at a sensitive stage in their evolution, and thus protect them from man-made disturbance.
by AstusAleator
Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Diversifying selection
Replies: 15
Views: 38133

Re: Diversifying selection

it's "divergent selection"
by AstusAleator
Sun Jul 05, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: Last person to reply wins.
Replies: 8431
Views: 2394114

I'm not sure what I'm looking at there...
by AstusAleator
Sun Jul 05, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Bird-Dinosaur News
Replies: 46
Views: 69665

Re: Bird-Dinosaur News

I'm having trouble understanding "attempt to poke holes." Mr. Astus. This is a significant finding. If you read this then you understand that there was already argon in the very recent samples. The point is that when a ratio is given by these labs, they only give a ratio--there is no way ...
by AstusAleator
Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: Last person to reply wins.
Replies: 8431
Views: 2394114

Re: Last person to reply wins.

Image

how bout this one?
by AstusAleator
Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wildlife biology
Replies: 4
Views: 4420

USFWS, BLM, FS are federal agencies you could try to volunteer with, or at least do a job-shadow at. I don't know what the names of the WA state agencies are, but look them up too. There are tons of not-for-profits that address wildlife in one form or another. I think most organizations would be thr...
by AstusAleator
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:09 am
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: I need help with some pronunciation
Replies: 1
Views: 2242

It's Brassicaceae and I've never done this before but I'll give it a whirl bræs - ɪ - ke - si - i Although some pronounce the last few letters as si-e (see-ay) When it comes to pronouncing scientific Latin, just try to follow the basic rules of pronunciation and speak with confidence. For many of th...
by AstusAleator
Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NO PERIOD FOR 7 MONTHS AND NO SEX WITH MEN
Replies: 3
Views: 5102

Ovarian cancer.

Does that make you feel better? Not to be insensitive, but seriously I could be anyone, you could be anyone, it's the internet. Internet diagnoses are DANGEROUS. See a doctor!
by AstusAleator
Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you think that robots could one day be living organisms?
Replies: 3
Views: 5571

My 2 cents:
For robotic "life" to occur it will need its own sort of autonomy and adaptiveness. It can't simply be what it was programmed to be - or it's not really alive.
by AstusAleator
Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: is scientific determinism "wrong"?
Replies: 4
Views: 3452

I'd tentatively agree with most of what you said, except for this. It is arrogant to assume that whatever we cannot explain will be forever unexplainable! Arrogance seems a bit of a strong word for the average person. We must all live with certain assumptions. A prominent scientist, on the other han...
by AstusAleator
Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:23 am
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: Last person to reply wins.
Replies: 8431
Views: 2394114

Add a video camera and some elevator music and we could make some money...