Friday, December 21, 2007

Queerer Than We Suppose

This is jolly cheering - or so it seems to me. The thought of all those beetles, in their countless species, hanging in there, come what may - and they look the business too. Much maligned, beetles. The scientist Haldane once remarked that about all we can know of God is that He has an 'inordinate fondness for beetles'. He also said, 'My own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.' There's a nice non-scientistic humility about that.
(The above title is a cynical ploy to ensure a high hit rate.)


  1. ''Other insects such as spiders...''

    Oh dear me, Professor!

    ''Prof Vogler told the journal Science he was sure there were many more types of beetle to discover.''

    I predict 2008 will be the year of reckless extrapolation...

  2. There was a new butterfly species announced yesterday. I somehow restrained myself from posting on this (it was a struggle). The new species looks remarkably like our native Ringlet.