Yes, we are all related. You are a (probably distant) cousin of the Queen, and of the president of the United States, and of me. You and I are cousins of each other. … The real population of the world at the time of Julius Caesar was only a few million, and all of us, all seven billion of us, are descended from them. We are indeed all related. Every marriage is between more or less distant cousins, who already share lots and lots of ancestors before they have children of their own.
By the same kind of argument, we are distant cousins not only of all human beings but of all animals and plants. You are a cousin of my dog and of the lettuce you had for lunch, and of the next bird that you see fly past the window. You and I share ancestors with all of them.
Legendary evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins answers a child’s question about evolution and why we are all related, from this fantastic collection of scientists’ and philosophers’ answers to kids’ most pressing questions about how the world works.
Also see Dawkins’s The Magic of Reality, a charming children’s book fighting myth with science.(via explore-blog)
Sometimes I forget that Julie Andrews is an actress and not the ruler of a small European principality.
dam grandpa lou u r hardcore
"I meant go, not scat."
One of the world’s most notable living scientists Stephen Hawking turned 72 years old today (January 8th). He was given two years to live in 1963, but has despite of that revolutionized physics for the next half of a century.
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
These images above were captured by Howard Grey in 1963 when Stephen was 22 years old.
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