mermaid: evolution


bugsincyberspace The horns on this Arrowshaped Micrathena orbweaver spider look a bit devilish. This US native is extremely pretty and unusual in shape.

There are those in the US who would applaud this and yet they are probably the same people who shun Muslims - what to do, what to do?

In Turkey, Schools Will Stop Teaching Evolution This Fall 

When children in Turkey head back to school this fall, something will be missing from their textbooks: any mention of evolution.

The Turkish government is phasing in what it calls a values-based curriculum. Critics accuse Turkey’s president of pushing a more conservative, religious ideology — at the expense of young people’s education.

At a playground in an upscale, secular area of Istanbul, parents and grandparents express concern over the new policy.

“I’m worried, but I hope it changes by the time my grandchildren are in high school,” says Emel Ishakoglu, a retired chemical engineer playing with her grandchildren, ages 5 and 2. “Otherwise our kids will be left behind compared to other countries when it comes to science education.”

Zeynep Terzi, left, 23, a medical student in Istanbul, and Betul Vargi, 22, a college student studying English literature, are part of what Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls a new “pious generation” of Turks. They wear headscarves and attend mosque, but they also believe in a separation of religion and state. Gokce Saracoglu/NPR

Friendly reminder...

If you really wanna go down the whole what’s “natural” route when dictating people’s lives, then I’m here to tell you…I couldn’t agree more!!!

• Polygamy is the norm in nature, monogamous couplings are rare.
• Homosexual behaviour not only exists in nature, but nature is suuuuuuuuuuuuuuper gay. Like Rocky Horror at Pride gay.
• Gender roles are incredibly fluid in numerous species, none more so than primates.
• Conflict is the least successful evolutionary model. Cooperation and mutually beneficial arrangements are the most.

Yay nature!!!