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"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, 2017
The 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 ...

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Teachers:
    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.


Books:
Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
 Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
New York: Facts on File, 2011.




Life of Earth
 Life of Earth: Portrait of a Beautiful, Middle-Aged, Stressed-Out Planet
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2011.
(Mandarin Chinese edition - Taiwan: BWP 2011)




Green Planet
 Green Planet  Now in paperback & Kindle ebook!
New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
(paperback 2012)



Encyclopedia of Evolution
Encyclopedia of Evolution
New York: Facts on File, 2007.




Photos
(mostly of nature, many illustrating evolution) 

galapagos sea lions under cactus    general sherman tree    booby guano ring

Essays
Archived essays that appeared on this website in 2008-2012.
New essays can be found on Stan's blogs:

Honest Ab (evolution and related scientific and social topics)
Republican Climate  (politics)


Presentations & Events   Stan Rice as Charles Darwin

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 
   Global Warming



Honest Ab
author with the world's largest peanut 
a blog about evolution, ecology, and connected political and religious issues

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Videos
                                                   http://www.youtube.com/user/StanEvolve
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


Articles

Adjusting to the World: How Plants Survive and Prosper  
Ph.D. thesis (1986), in plain English and with illustrations

Presentations

All non-public-domain content not otherwise attributed copyright by Stanley A. Rice, 2008-2012.