2 May 2008

Tangled Bank at the Beagle Project

With Nunatak away in New York doing proper science, it falls to me to do the blogkeeping. We're delighted to be hosting the Tangled Bank blog carnival on 14th May. The current Tangled Bank is up at Dammit Jim!, and if you haven't, click over there and read. Then start exercising the synapses and thinking up what you're going to write for us. Don't make like our hero Charles Darwin who took 20 years bring The Origin to market: you've got until the 12th of May to get your submissions in. Email your urls to us: karen(at) and peter(at) thebeagleproject.com.

If you're a blogger who's never submitted before, why not delurk and give us some fresh meat? The field is biology, medicine, science in general. Read the guidelines at the Tangled Bank site, you don't have to be a Ph.D. or a working scientist. In fact it would be enlightening to get some posts from people outside the profession on how science is perceived by the rest of us and how you think the mainstream media is doing in reporting science. Nunatak and I will be tag-teaming on the selection and writing.

And if your inspiration is down to seeds and stems, here's what Darwin wrote which inspired the carnival name:
It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of life and from use and disuse: a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms.

2 comments:

Mike Haubrich, FCD said...

Yeah, what Peter said. I have been fortunate to have my "crayon drawings" versions of science writing included in the Tangled Bank in the past. I have even hosted it at Tangled Up in Blue Guy. It's a good carnival for expressing an interest in science and highlighting issues that otherwise might be missed.

al. s. said...

I never knew about "the tangled Bank, what a peral of Darwinia.. Thank's so much Al Shell from Tenjnessee..