Well I recently passed my candidacy exam and have more time than before. Since I became mired in the theistic evolution/YE creation debate I've been prompted to do some reading. Here are some of the books I've read recently: -Ancient Earth, Ancient Skies: the Age of Earth and Its Cosmic Surroundings, G. Brent Dalrymple, 2004 -Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World, Jonathan I. Lunine, 1999 -Molecular Evolution and Adaptive Radiation, Thomash Givnish, Kenneth Sytsma, 1997 -The Development of Animal Form: Ontogeny, Morphology, and Evolution, Alessandro Minelli, 2003 -Human Gene Evolution, David Cooper, 1999 -Chromosomes: Organization and Function, Adrian Sumner, 2003 I just checked these out today: -Telling the Evolutionary Time: Molecular Clocks and the Fossil Record, Philip Donoghue, M. Paul Smith, 2003 -Microfossils, Howard Armstrong, Martin Brasier, 2005 -Dinosaurs of the Air, Gregory Paul, 2002 Ancient Earth, Ancient Skies was fun reading, being more targeted at a general audience than some of the others. The Development of Animal Form was rather mind-blowing in that the author thinks about animal development in a totally different way than I have been used to. He thinks that development should not be looked at as a goal-oriented process. He says that at every step in development the body of a creature has a certain structure because it is useful at that stage, not because it will become useful sometime later. So perhaps shells may be useful in the adult animal for protection from crushing, but in the immature animal they instead serve the purpose of providing a solid base for orientation and attachment of cells. Additionally, he thinks that too much emphasis is placed on genetic effects and not enough on "generic" effects in animal structure. Generic effects are information passed on by the cytoskeletal structure in mitosis, for instance, or orientation information derived from gravity or from the point of entry of a sperm cell into an egg cell. Those are just two examples of some of the (for me) unusual concepts in the book. Does anyone else have some interesting science reading they would suggest?