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...
October 18, 2017The Cultural Evolution of Mimicry and Deception
Mimicry and deception are everywhere in nature, thanks to evolution. Some mollusks attract fishes by waving fishlike gills. When the fishes approach, the mollusks lay their parasitic eggs on them. Orchids mimic bees and wasps, and attract bees and wasps, which try to mate with the flowers and only end up pollinating them.
Mimicry and deception are everywhere in human society, thanks to cultural evolution. ... What do you do if you are pretending to be a scientist, and you are trying to spread your gospel which just happens to be totally contrary to all scientific data?... More ...
Would you like your students to be actively involved citizens? Maybe you can get them started by having them write letters to tobacco corporations protesting their marketing of deadly products. Click here for instructions that I provide my students for this extra credit project.
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