An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles

June 17, 2010


Filed under: — Ethan @ 10:25 pm

This blog is my own personal treehouse in the forest of the internet. I try to make it interesting even to people I’ve never met, if they enjoy the same things I do or are especially bored. But at the end of the day, it’s full of whatever tickles my fancy. By and large, that’s things related to science, politics, crafts, and an assortment of random shit. I encourage other people to comment, respond, and critique what I say, but be forewarned that I have a not-endless tolerance for douchebaggery. Also, I delete pretty much everything that goes into my comments spam filter. If you wind up there by mistake, I’m sorry. blame it on spam bots that leave plausibly-human comments like “Wow, that was a great post! I’m bookmarking your site!.’ And then stop commenting from your work address at the Online Viagra Scamshop.

The title comes from a possible-apocryphal story about J.B.S. Haldane, a British geneticist and evolutionary biologist from the era when science was making it’s transition form an eccentricity of the rich to a respectable career path. Purportedly, a theologian asked Haldane what he could infer about the mind of god by studying his work. Haldane’s fabled response was that god had ‘an inordinate fondness for beetles.’ At the time, beetles made up half the known species of insects. Now, it’s more like 40%, but we’re up to 350,000 different beetle species.

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