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  • But in any given locale even in Puritan New England there were often more taverns than churches—thirty, for example, in Providence alone.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • The idea is ageless, unifying fiftysomething legs and looks right in there with what the twentyish chicks deem cool for any given season.

    The Style Checklist

  • We dug bunkers and bomb shelters at the edges of Arboretum forests and expected the bombardment to commence with any given dawn, the government hoping to catch us asleep with our children, but day after day we went unattacked while night after night our numbers grew as more people became disaffected with the government.

    Our American King

  • Spontaneous resistance to atovaquone can be found in roughly every third sick person.17 Spontaneous resistance to chloroquine can be found perhaps in every billionth sick person, and since there are usually close to a billion sick people on the planet every year or so, that means chloroquine resistance is usually waiting to be found in at least one person, somewhere in the world, at any given time.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • The ongoing elasticity of “autism” has meant there are huge variations in who would have been designated as autistic at any given time: One study comparing the DSM-III and the DSM III-R found an increase of almost one hundred percent in the clinical diagnoses of the same group of 194 children.

    The Panic Virus

  • J. R. Stone and G. A. Wray have calculated that the likelihood of forming a new binding site for a given regulatory protein near a given gene, by random mutation in newborn organisms, is very high, about one in seventy.10 Out of a million individuals in a generation, over ten thousand would have a shiny new site for any given control protein.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • But the fifty percent provision stipulated that fifty percent of the forest on any given fazenda had to be saved.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • In any given year, there were about as many discontinuers of an innovation as there were first-time adopters.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • Assuming that mental states supervene on brain states, there is thus a finite probability that a black hole will produce a brain in a state of making any given observation.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • As Rupert Sheldrake wrote, historians have long known that, at any given time in the narrative of science, phenomena that do not fit into the prevailing model or paradigm are dismissed or ignored or explained away.

    Manifesting Michelangelo


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