Where are the FAQs?
They exist, although in an almost contentless state. I’ve just been too lazy/forgetful to put links to them on this page. If you’re desperate to look at those worthless shells of pages, mosey over to the side bar and scroll down ’til you find links to them.
Why is “Leviathin” spelled the way it is when it should be spelled “Leviathan” in your username?
Cuth Ahm weetaaaaahdiiiiiid!!!! Or at least I was when I picked the name at the tender age of 13, or maybe it was 12, but I think I was 13. Either way, I was a young whipper snapper and big words were beyond my ability to type. So I screwed up my username when I first started signing up on Yahoo! Groups and internet message boards.
It took me like a year to realize I made a mistake and by then my username was actually bringing up results on Google! ZOMG! I didn’t want to have to start building up my number of search hits from scratch so I kept the name. By the time I was mature enough to stop giving a crap, I was so used to typing it the idiotic way that it was hard to stop.
When I finally decided resolutely to change it, I learned you can’t change your WordPress url. And now like before, I don’t want to have to start over considering that I just now built up a reasonable stream of traffic for this blog.
Okay, well does the name “Abyssal Leviathan” have any special meaning as a whole?
Nope. “Abyssal” was chosen for purely aesthetic reasons. “Leviathan” was chosen because I really like that monsters. It came to my attention when I first encountered claims by Young Earther’s that the leviathan might actually be a surviving plesiosaur recorded in the Bible. As much as I hate and bitch about the YECs, I pretty much owe them my username.
Can you reccommend any books on evolution that would be accesible to a layman?
I liked “Finding Darwin’s God” quite a bit, and not (exactly) for religious reasons. “The Beak of the Finch” is a good one as something of a case study in natural selection that shows how even tiny variations in anatomy can mean life and death for an organism.
Stephen Jay Gould’s essay books (Like “The Panda’s Thumb,” “The Flamingo’s Smile” or “Bully for Brontosaurus” are always fun, but Gould is a rambler and he doesn’t always stick to evolution, he goes all over the place. I also remember enjoying Evolution: Triumph of an Idea by Carl Zimmer. I’ve never read Dawkins (well, I’m working on a copy of The God Delusion), but his stuff might be interesting to look into.
Other than that I can’t really think of anything off the top of my head. I really haven’t read as much straight evolutionary biology stuff as I’d like to, most of my reading material is paleontological and evolutionary content is mostly incidental.