Thursday, January 8, 2009

Principles of Biology II

Yesterday I attended the first class of "Principles of Biology II" over at my college.

It was pretty interesting stuff. We went over the basics: Taxonomy (Three Domains: Eukarya, Prokarya, Archaea, all the way down to the species level of classification), Ecology (how organisms interact with their environments and with each other), and Evolution.

When he was explaining evolution, he said that some people ask, "If Evolution happens then why aren't people born with tails?" His Response: They are. If it happens in India, he told us, they think you're a monkey god. If it happens in the United States, they snip it off at birth and no one says anything about it.

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