Friday, July 13, 2007

There is a new book out called The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man, which chronicles the history of the priest's palaeontological travels as they pertain to the discovery of the remains of Homo erectus at Zhoukoudian. He had an odd theology, especially for a Jesuit, and was once implicated as having perpetrated the Piltdown hoax. As my father remarked, however, this is not likely. "He was a singularly humourless man." It ought to be an interesting read.

I am not reading much these days. I have a long overdue eye appointment next week to take care of this problem. After that, I have a lot of things to catch up on.

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