A QUIET STAND OF ALDERS
"The alder, whose fat shadow nourisheth
All set neere to him long flourisheth." -- William Browne, c. 1613
Welcome to A Quiet Stand of Alders, the website of Stanley Rice, a science educator and writer. If you care passionately about the natural world and its evolutionary history, this website is for you. ... More about...
July 22, 2015The Biology of War
In 2013 scientific attention was focused on a pair of books that addressed why humans have war. Edward O. Wilson, in his book The Social Conquest of Earth, maintained that war was a human instinct, and that humans have had war as long as we have existed as a separate species. (This was not the main thing Wilsonís book was about.) In contrast, science writer John Horgan, in his book The End of War, argued that war is something that humans learned to do and that we can unlearn.
While this seems like an important debate, I fear that it is mostly over semantics. ... More...
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New York: Facts on File, 2011.
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2011.
(Mandarin Chinese edition - Taiwan: BWP 2011)
New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
New York: Facts on File, 2007.
(mostly of nature, many illustrating evolution)
Archived essays that appeared on this website in 2008-2012.
New essays can be found on Stan's blogs:
Presentations & Events
PDF scripts of Stan's recent presentations:
Confessions of an Oklahoma Evolutionist: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Root Foraging: A General Botany Project
God and Natural Selection
Altruism for Fun and Profit
a blog about evolution, ecology, and connected political and religious issues
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Darwin Does Not Debate
Should evolutionary scientists debate creationists?
Darwin, Sushi, and the Origin of Complex Cells
Emma Plays Music for Charles
Darwin Gives You a Kiss
Kissing and language both evolved from a basic mammalian trait.
Is Darwin a Zombie?
Darwin and Some Real Dinosaur Footprints
Rappa Nui Darwin
Darwin summarizes the evolution of life in a rap.
... and other videos on The Darwin Channel
Ph.D. thesis (1986), in plain English and with illustrations