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Annual Dog-day Cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)
Pen and Ink, 2019, Carl Christianssen

The Sting of the Scorpion

When our middle son was in elementary school, he became fascinated with scorpions. As an entomologist, I was all too happy to encourage this interest. During one spring break trip to Arizona we equipped ourselves with black lights and went scorpion hunting in the desert. Scorpions like to hide, so you have turn over stones … Continue reading The Sting of the Scorpion

Making Connections

How we view the universe in general and our lives in particular depends on certain a priori commitments (whether you have formally thought about them or not). The discipline of science for instance depends on a number of these, none of which it can confirm on its own accord. They are not simply brute facts … Continue reading Making Connections


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