A log of one man’s search for the beautiful, the true and the wondrous, navigating with the sextant of freethought.

The blog’s title is a hat-tip to the HMS Beagle, the ship that bore Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands. It’s also a smile toward a breed of dog that has been described as

…intelligent, but as a result of being bred for the long chase [they] are single-minded and determined, which can make them hard to train. They are generally obedient but can be difficult to recall once they have picked up a scent and are easily distracted by smells around them. They do not generally feature in obedience trials; while they are alert, respond well to food-reward training, and are eager to please, they are easily bored or distracted. They are ranked 72nd in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs, as Coren places them among the group with the lowest degree of working/obedience intelligence. Coren’s scale, however, does not assess understanding, independence or creativity.

The Most Important Posts page summarizes the journey so far.

Image credit: Carson Beagles.

6 responses to “About

  1. I love all the great thoughts and topics you bring in up in this blog. It’s really fascinating, I’ll be reading back through some of your posts soon

    In the meantime, I’ve decided to pass on the A Thought Provoking Blog Award to you. It’s a badge you can put in your side bar, and nominate others if you’d like. Here’s my acceptance post so you have an idea of what it is.


    Keep doing what you do! All the very best!! :)

  2. Is there any way that I could contact you without leaving a public message on your blog? If you tweet, shoot me a message @gtwy

  3. joe whittingtom

    I am a 65 year old marine corps Vietnam vet . I have read this page only. You say what I fill. I have a lot more to read. so for I love this site.

  4. Hey Tip of the Beagle, good article. I work at Record and we’re currently looking for freelancers. I think you’d be a nice addition to our roster.

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  5. I scanned through your most important posts and I thought one subject might be missing: why religion is so appealing. My short answer is that if allows believers to share their worries (prayer) with beings in the hope that they will receive help in some form (guidance or solution); it gives hope for an ultimate justice to those crimes and harms that we see go unpunished while we are alive (they’ll get theirs in the end); it gives hope to eternal life with loved ones who have passed away; it allows one to gather with like-minded people, which provides both socialization and reinforcement of belief. There may be other reasons, but as a former believer, these are the ones that come front and center for me. In essence, each of the four items I have noted provide relief from life’s stresses.

    P.S. I did like your series on slavery, but I think you could use one on misogyny. Just a few months ago I was driving through the Bible belt and listened to a story on a Christian radio station on why one woman believed that her life was in shambles because she was not being subservient to her husband. I paused to think how many male and especially female listeners heard that story and took it to heart.

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