Returning from my caving trip in the Brecon Beacons, I was struck down with one of the worst colds of my recent years. (Incidentally, I finally found Porth yr Ogof, the cave my father took me into as a child, and possibly the most hidden spelunking site in Wales). I am at the moment recovering from the latter stages of the virus; the worst of the symptoms have passed.
I do not begrudge colds, however. It seems to me ever more likely that viruses have been one of the chief sources of genetic novelty for all life - I wrote about this before, some older hands might remember. It's actually an interesting hypothesis worthy of investigation, but it was dismissed out of hand because I was mistaken for a Creationist. Hands up if you've ever heard a Creationist propose a mechanism for genetic novelty... Anyone? I defend Creationists from time to time because they appear to need support from someone, and I stand by my assertion that salient criticisms of evolution (vital to improvement of any scientific endeavour) more commonly originate from Creationists than from elsewhere. Perhaps Creationists are just more motivated to look. For the record, I feel Creationists have tragically misunderstood the Bible, but I fully support their freedom to do so.
All this leads to my next post, which is the piece on Skeptics I've been meaning to compose for a while. Note, in the UK we usually write 'sceptic', but I accept the US spelling as a usefully distinct proper noun. I find it aethetically pleasing that it looks a bit like 'Skeksis'. I have struggled to approach anything close to neutrality in this post. I probably failed. Still, it's a big step for me, trying to write about Skeptics as a valuable part of culture.
Those of you here for posts about games have probably not read this far, but I suspect next week will see more ramblings in this area.
Oh, and I understand that when I go back to work today the Beta build of Play with Fire will be waiting for me... I'm greatly looking forward to seeing it!