Jose Carillo's Forum


This section features wide-ranging, thought-provoking articles in English on any subject under the sun. Its objective is to present new, mind-changing ideas as well as to show to serious students of English how the various tools of the language can be felicitously harnessed to report a momentous or life-changing finding or event, to espouse or oppose an idea, or to express a deeply felt view about the world around us.

The outstanding English-language expositions to be featured here will mostly be presented through links to the websites that carry them. To put a particular work in better context, links to critiques, biographical sketches, and various other material about the author and his or her works will usually be also provided.

I hope you’ll enjoy the new selections that will be presented here each week.

Joe Carillo

The size of things to come

Why are some animals big and why are some small? Why are some of them long and the others short? And how does an animal’s body “know” what size it is supposed to be—in other words, when does it know when to continue growing and when to stop growing altogether?

Some answers to these intriguing questions are provided by evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson in her article, “The Long and Short of It,” in the August 18, 2009 issue of The New York Times. Judson is the author of “Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex,” which was made into a three-part television program. A research fellow in biology at Imperial College London, she has been a reporter for The Economist and has written for a number of other publications, including Nature, The Financial Times, The Atlantic, and Natural History.

Read Olivia Judson’s “The Long and Short of It” in The New York Times now!

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