In his book, "Darwin's Dangerous Idea," Daniel Dennett characterized Darwinism as a "universal acid" because of its power to chip away at so many traditional ideas. His point was that Darwinism is not just about natural selection; it is about the way that complexity can arise by itself through automated algorithms, rather than by intelligent design. By removing design and outside intent from the catalog of explanations for the way the world is, Darwin made possible a radical new worldview of naturalism, materialism, and secularism. As Richard Dawkins said, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist. In this way, Darwinism is a "universal" acid because its central idea is too powerful to contain within biology alone.
So on that note, welcome to my blog. I intend to write about biology, science, politics, society, and the intersections between those areas. I have titled it "universal acid" because it seems like an apt metaphor for my general worldview - secular, naturalist, critical, modern. This will, I hope, provide a theme for a blog that touches on such diverse subjects.