Thursday, September 8, 2005

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University of Oxford zoologist Richard Dawkins made a career out of trying to present science in terms that could be understood by the general public. Through television appearances, opinion articles in newspapers, five books, and a CD-ROM, Dawkins had taken up the job of breaking down the barriers between the scientific community and the rest of the world. This led to his being named in 1995 the first Charles Simonyi professor of public understanding of science at Oxford. At the same time, however, he remained controversial, not just because of his views on evolution but also because he had become one of the country's best-known atheists. Dawkins was born March 26, 1941, in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father was stationed during World War II. The family moved back to England in 1949, and in 1959 Dawkins entered Oxford, where he studied zoology. After receiving his doctorate, he became (1967) an assistant professor of zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, and then returned to Oxford to teach two years later. In 1976 he published his first book, The Selfish Gene, in which he tried to set straight what he thought was a widespread misunderstanding of Darwinism. Dawkins argued that natural selection did not take place on the level of the species or the individual but rather among genes. Genes, he maintained, used the bodies of living things to further their own survival. He also introduced the concept of "memes," the cultural equivalent of genes; ideas--such as fashion, religion, or other cultural phenomena--took on a life of their own within society and, along with genes, affected the progress of human evolution. The book was notable not just because of what it espoused but also because of the way it was written--it appealed to both the general reader and the scientist. More books followed, including The Extended Phenotype (1982), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), and Climbing Mount Improbable (1996). He also released an interactive CD-ROM in 1996, The Evolution of Life, in which users could create "biomorphs," computer-simulated examples of evolution first introduced in The Blind Watchmaker. In fact, it was Dawkins's fascination with computers that contributed to much of the controversy surrounding his ideas. He felt that evolution boiled down to a sort of binary information transfer between genes that could best be expressed through computer simulation. Dawkins often appeared on talk shows and debates, defending not only his theories but also his atheism. He likened religious faith to the childish habit of needing someone to blame for anything otherwise inexplicable. He was the winner of a number of awards, both literary and scientific, including the Royal Society of Literature Award. His notoriety only increased with his marriage to Lalla Ward, an actress who had played an assistant to the fictitious television scientist Dr. Who. (ANTHONY G. CRAINE)


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ca va pas Gilem0n? t'as la bird flu? je vais prevenir tout le monde t'inquietes pas.

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Nan, ça va mieux... j'ai encore les yeux enflés, mais j'ai récupéré. J’pense pas que c’était la grippe aviaire.
c’était sous-entendu ?

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trop tard, JB est deja alle mettre un cierge pour toi a l'eglise ...

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SLOW DOWN!

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putain asus ca defonce!!!!!!!!

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http://www.lucidity.com/
je trouve pas ca tres tres gentil que tu me dise que tu m aimes pas jean-guiste...

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blog infected

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blog infected by silence ...

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Qu'est-ce donc que le temps ? Si personne ne m'interroge, je le sais; si je veux répondre à cette demande, je l'ignore. Et pourtant, j'affirme hardiment que si rien ne passait, il n'y aurait point de temps passé; que si rien n'advenait, il n'y aurait point de temps à venir, et que si rien n'était, il n'y aurait point de temps présent. Or, ces deux temps, le passé et l'avenir, comment sont-ils, puisque le passé n'est plus, et que l'avenir n'est pas encore ? Pour le présent, s'il était toujours présent sans voler au passé, il ne serait plus temps; il serait l'éternité. Si donc le présent, pour être temps, doit s'en aller en passé, comment pouvons-nous dire qu'une chose soit, qui ne peut être qu'à la condition de n'être plus ? Et peut-on dire, en vérité, que le temps soit, sinon parce qu'il tend à n'être pas?

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Et sinon t'as lu "La Mer de la fertilité" de Mishima?

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non jean , je ne l ai pas lu. c est bien? gilem©n tu en es ou de ta technique de matte painting? tu suis quel courant? as tu arrete ton style ou cherche tu encore une influence?

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nan pas lu, ça a l'air bien. Connais même pas cet auteur. Il s’est suicidé ?
Blade Runner is great !
yo…
Syd Mead

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Merde, ton flash fait chier. CA prend 99% du CPU !!! Enlève le. Et corrige ta feed, elle est à l’envers.

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get some rest
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yesssss, where is it?
a massive matriarchy party in the desert?

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c est du matte painting

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serieux?

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