Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Fire Ants to the Rescue

Joan Murray (skydiver) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Random skydiving GIF for visual interest.

I don't even ...
On September 25, 1999, Murray went on a skydive, jumping at 4400 meters. Her main parachute could not open, and although her backup parachute opened at 200 meters, it quickly deflated. She approached the ground at 130 kilometers per hour, landing on a mound of fire ants. Doctors believe that the shock of being stung over 200 times by the ants released a surge of adrenaline which kept her heart beating.
Not only did she survive. (Although I imagine she had plenty of adrenaline pumping from the whole plunging-to-her-certain-death part of the experience. The ant mount probably helped soften the ground -- but, WTF do I know?) She went skydiving again.

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Teaching Evolution at UK

Orion Magazine | Defending Darwin
Painting by Alexis Rockman
Some students take offense very easily. During one lecture, a student asked a question I’ve heard many times: “If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?” My response was and is always the same: we didn’t evolve from monkeys. Humans and monkeys evolved from a common ancestor. One ancestral population evolved in one direction toward modern-day monkeys, while another evolved toward humans. The explanation clicked for most students, but not all, so I tried another. I asked the students to consider this: Catholics are the oldest Christian denomination, and so if Protestants evolved from Catholics, why are there still Catholics? Some students laughed, some found it a clarifying example, and others were clearly offended. Two days later, a student walked down to the lectern after class and informed me that I was wrong about Catholics. He said Baptists were the first Christians and that this is clearly explained in the Bible. His mother told him so. I asked where this was explained in the Bible. He glared at me and said, “John the Baptist, duh!” and then walked away.
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