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Did Jesus Walk on Ice?

Did Jesus walk on ice? Or is this a case of trying way, way too hard to explain something? I link, you decide.

[This is a mini-microkit, posted solely to put the current boodle thread out of its longwinded misery. I will attempt to post a real kit this afternoon, though it might turn out to be a microkit or even a mini-microkit or even, if I'm really strapped for time and am being battered by editors, a nanokit.]

[About the Gugliotta story on the fish-tetrapod: There are some excellent terms and place-names in there, like Ellesmere Island, Nunavut Territory, the Fram Formation, and of course the name of the missing link, Tiktaalik roseae. The reference to the Devonian Period reminds me of something rather romantic that a fossil hunter told me about how she and her husband first got together: "Our first date was fossiling. In the Devonian."

Which sounds so much better than fossiling in the Ordovician.]

[Lazily quoting something I posted to this morning's boodle: I liked the quote Guy got from Hans Sues at the Smithsonian: "It seemed likely that they never left the water, and instead evolved limbs for the purpose of running along under the surface. One idea is that they developed limbs to navigate lakes choked with vegetation." You know we sort of unconsciously think of land as superior to sea, of that first creature crawling from the water as making a progressive step toward a better life -- I think this is called landism. But the Sues theory would make the move a little more accidental than that. The legs evolve because of weeds in the water. And the legs turn out to work where it is dry as well. The bigger point that might be worth a discussion is: Is there anything progressive about the evolution of life, or is it just a bunch of random bouncing and juking and jiving and stumbling and bumbling, with nothing inevitable -- which was pretty much Stephen Jay Gould's point in "Wonderful Life." Or is there a progressiveness deeply built into the evolution of the cosmos, as others have argued (I'm thinking Robert Wright, Mr. NonZero, currently working on a biography of God).] [You can also find Bob talking to Mickey Kaus at blogging heads TV.]

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 6, 2006; 10:58 AM ET
 
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