My last exam, Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function, finished a bit over an hour ago, at the time I’m writing this. Three months of holidays! Three months. That’s how much holidays I have now: it’s quite a bit, I think you’ll agree. And because I’ve been neglecting the blog a little due to all the studying I’ve been doing, I want to clarify what you should expect to see up here over that period. You see, I’m at a crossroads with regard to what I should write about over the holidays – a Holiday Junction, if you will1: too many choices, way too much time, and a pleasant sense of obligation to communicate various ideas.
Er, and also some recombination and gene conversion. Somehow. I’m not sure how to translate them into metaphors for blogging, sorry.
Pro-ID book reviews/critiques
Remember my pile of pro-intelligent design books? I never got around to reviewing them, for various reasons. (Books are long and my time management skills are atrocious, in other words.) But with determination and a digital piano on hand to vent my frustration through angry renditions of indie rock songs, I’ll hopefully prevail. To refresh your memory, I’ve got Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design by Stephen C. Meyer, which I should probably get out of the way first, considering it’s the one most people will be interested in (including Discovery Institute fellow Paul Nelson, who sent me the book earlier this year) and also the one I promised to do first.
The two other pro-ID books on my review list are Intelligent Design Uncensored by William Dembski and Jonathan Witt, and Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design by Bradley Monton. Both should be fascinating reads, and if everything goes to plan, I’ll have reviews/critiques for both of those too before uni starts again in March.
Actual science communication
Something I’ve been rather annoyed about for over a year is the near lack of proper science communication I do on Homologous Legs. Sure, I critique the ideas of people who dislike evolutionary biology, but that’s a poor substitute for actually getting into some meaty, science-y goodness. So I’ve started compiling a list of papers and topics I think people who read this blog would find interesting. Examples? How about:
- The evolution of nitroarene metabolism
- Viruses of hyperthermophilic archaea
- Magnetotaxis in ocean-dwelling bacteria
- The evolutionary implications of enzyme promiscuity
- Visualising molecular biology and why most popular attempts fail
Excited? I am.
In my book, extended holidays also mean I can take time to sit down and write music. Call it a hobby, call it an obsession – all I know is that explicitly combining music and science together isn’t a great idea, at least for someone with my lack of formal songwriting skills and excess amounts of self-critical energy. But non-science-based lyrics are somewhat more achievable, as are arrangements that don’t involve drum kits. We’ll all see, in the next few months, if I ever generate anything worth sharing with you all. As always, anything I post will be put on the Homologous Music page (which may have a design-revamp in the near future).
Of course, I’ll also be sharing music I like through the ever-handy Tabletop Transitionals post series.
This Week in Intelligent Design, and other miscellaneous ID-related thoughts
Did I forget about ol’ TWiID? Not really. I’ve just been really busy, as I mentioned. But that’ll be coming back too, now that exams are over! Hooray! Like usual, I’ll also have numerous thoughts and ideas about intelligent design and its different relationships with science, education, politics, philosophy, religion and society, so look out for those too.
For example, this recent briefing packet for educators, put out by the Discovery Institute, could spawn numerous blog posts’ worth of material…
Lastly, I may have a few of these up my sleeve – but I don’t want to spoil anything. All in good time! All in good time…
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- One of my better/worse puns, right? ↩