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.

4 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.

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