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Keeping the faith: an apologist argues that religion isn’t responsible for anything bad

Guess who said this? In the past, many of the most influential Jewish, Christian and Muslim thinkers understood that what we call “God” is merely a symbol that points beyond itself to an indescribable transcendence, whose existence cannot be proved but is only intuited by means of spiritual exercises and a compassionate lifestyle that enable […]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s speech at Yale

On September 15, Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke at Yale, and you all remember that this was protested by a consortium of student organizations, including the Muslim Students’ Association, the Women’s Center, and the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics. The talk was posted three days ago by the Buckley Program at Yale, so you can hear for […]

Are chimps natural-born killers?

If you saw the movie “The Last Picture Show” (one of my top five movies), you’ll remember the scene where an English teacher in a small Texas town, facing a class full of bored students, asks, “What are my chances of interesting you people in a little Keats today?” From their reaction, it was nil. So I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I believe this is the first time we’ve had fossils as readers’ wildlife. But remember that fossils once were wildlife, too, and these are particularly good specimens collected and prepared by reader Bruce Thiel. 30-40 million years ago,  parts of Oregon and Washington were underwater.  Marine animals that fell into the sediment were sometimes fossiized and can […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Malgorzata provides an explanation for this one: Explanation: The statement about hearing the churchbell without knowing in which church the bells are ringing is a Polish proverb describing somebody who knows something (very little) but disseminates this knowledge, mixing everything up and making an unholy mess of the facts. I don’t know if there is an […]

Adam Lee has lost it

One of the most despicable attacks on Richard Dawkins in recent years (and that’s saying a lot!) has been posted at the Guardian; it’s by Adam Lee, atheist blogger who writes at “Daylight Atheism”. I won’t bother to dissect it in detail because reading it makes me ill. Dissing Richard is a regular thing at the Guardian […]

Wonderful Life: The birds of paradise

The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology has completed its Birds-of-Paradise Project, a veritable paradise for bird aficionados, nature lovers, and especially professors like me who want to show students the most stunning examples of sexual selection on Earth. (Remember that sexual selection is just a form of natural selection: a subset of that phenomenon that rests on differential mate choice.) You […]

Stephen Prothero on “Are all religions the same?”

Well here’s something refreshing: a professor of religion, Stephen Prothero, professing that all religions are NOT the same!  (The video is from 2010.) Not only that, but he claims that many evil acts really are motivated by religion rather than culture, politics, and other things. Heresy! It seems to be a trend that the faithful (especially […]

Caturday felid trifecta: Cat artist, Jerry the Cat, and exercising with your cat (plus bonus)

We have three items for today, including an update on Jerry Coyne the Cat. First, a wonderful video called “I Am a Cat,” profiling talented and highly adorable Kaori Mitsushima, an artist who specializes in cats. (her website is here and her Facebook page is here). As  you’ll see, she has two cats—Pon-Pon and Araise (appears to be a Turkish Van […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have fish (the first time, as I recall)—plus some of Stephen Barnard’s birds. First the fish, from reader Paul Schoekel. His notes: I enjoy your website and the readers’ wildlife photos, so I wanted to share with you a few favorites of mine.  The french angelfish (Pomacanthus paru) and green moray (Gymnothorax funebris) are […]

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