Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

There is a classic children’s book that seeks to provide an answer to the question “Why are we here?” The answer it gives is “To make the world beautiful.” The book takes a literal approach to beauty, which is where it falls short, because it misses the opportunity to teach that real beauty lies not …

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For quite some time biologists have debated whether or not any natural selective forces could act on modern humans to influence the makeup of the human genome. The argument against modern humans, at least those in developed countries, being subject to natural selection says that because of the technologies and medicines that we have developed …

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