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Michael Barton
Works at Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center
Attended Montana State University - Bozeman
Lives in Portland, OR
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Elk, not deer! :)
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One of my postdoc advisors once told our lab, if you want to go find a good research problem, open up a textbook and find a place where it says the following, "it has been well established...". Turns out more often than not he's right.
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Latest edition of the history of science blog carnival is up on my blog!
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This post is part of our Humanist Perspectives series. In this series, we invite guest contributors to explore active humanism and what it means to be a thoughtful, engaged member of society. Please share your thoughts in the comments! by Michael D. Barton I have many favorite quotes about children and nature, but here are two very simple yet insightful ones: “What is the extinction of a condor to a child who has never seen a wren?” - Robert Mich...
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If you want a nicely written and well documented refutation of the idea that the Nazi regime was atheistic—or explicitly Darwinian in its racial policies—read this long but fascinating post by Coel Hellier, ”Nazi racial ideology was religious, creationist, and opposed to Darwinism.” It absolutely takes down the common claim (one made by the faithful to show that “atheists were genocidal too”) that Nazis were bent on persecuting religion. And it a...
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The 41st edition of The Giant’s Shoulders history of science blog carnival has been posted over at Early Modern Experimental Philosophy! It includes discussions of vampires, ghosts, and armies of ape-warriors (yes, this is still a history of science blog carnival!), as well as (very) early ideas of space travel and old descriptions of volcanic eruptions. Many thanks to Alberto for putting together an excellent carnival! The deadline for the next ...
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Abstract The common scientific roots of evolution and medicine are deep, as these fields of science developed in parallel from the Enlightenment in the late 1700s to the modern genomics era. The influence of the medical sciences on the discovery of evolution in the 1700s and 1800s is typified by how the medical family of Charles Darwin, including his grandfather Dr. Erasmus Darwin and father Dr. Robert Waring Darwin, directly and indirectly guide...
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It has been a common tactic among creationists to attempt to discredit scientific ideas by linking them to the horrific actions of the likes of Hitler and the Nazis. The scientific merits of a theory do not rest on its societal implications, of course, but there is also the issue that the Nazis did not take any of their ideas from Darwin or evolutionary concepts. Rather, as this very thorough debunking by UK astrophysicist Coel Hellier shows, it ...
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Are these historical demo videos problematic or historically accurate? #histsci http://t.co/BJuYdG0c via @medicalmuseion
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Historian
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  • Tualatin Hills Nature Park Interpretive Center
    Weekend Supervisor, 2012 - present
  • Stay at home dad
    Busy, 2006 - present
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Portland, OR
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Bozeman, MT - Temecula, CA - Alamagordo, New Mexico (born) - Medford, OR - Glendora, CA - Corona, CA - San Diego, CA (La Mesa)
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History of science/Darwin/evolution/science education. 
Nature in Portland. Husband/father/son/freethinker/blogger.
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  • Montana State University - Bozeman
    MA, History of science, 2008 - 2010
  • Montana State University - Bozeman
    BA, History, 2005 - 2008
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