Author Archives: whyevolutionistrue

Uh oh. . .

From my CNN News bulletin: A patient at a Dallas, Texas, hospital is the first case of Ebola virus diagnosed in the United States, according to the CDC. Other Americans were diagnosed in West Africa and then brought to the United States for treatment.

Three cat gifs

Oy vey! I’m formatting endnotes all day on orders of my draconian editor! You haven’t lived until you’ve spent hours cutting, pasting, and formatting, all without the need to think (I do not find that relaxing). But what is relaxing is to find and post cat gifs. Here are three. Cat overdoes it with “catch-the-mouse” game on […]

Real Islamophobia: Muslim football player penalized for thanking Allah on the field

Well, here’s what seems to be a case of genuine Islamophobia: penalizing someone who shows their Islamic belief in public while letting off others who do the same thing in the name of the Christian God.  Addictinng Info reports that a Muslim football player, Husain Abdullah, the safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, prostrated himself before Allah […]

Flam on Bayes’s Theorem

Official Website Science Journalist™ Faye Flam, who gave us a nice guest post a while back about how to talk to reporters, has her first article up in today’s Science Times at the New York Times, “The odds, continually updated.” It’s about Bayes’s Theorem, a way to calculate probabilities if you have some prior information […]

“Peanuts was a lot deeper than people thought”

That was the header of the email that reader Diane G. sent me along with the following cartoon. It’s amazing that this would get published! “I beesech you, in the bowels of Christ. . .”  Could Schulz have been reading about Cromwell?  

Making a virtue of necessity: doubt as “a crucial part of faith”

On September 18 I discussed the confession of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, that he had experienced some heavy doubts about God’s existence, based on God’s distressing lack of appearance on the planet. Surprisingly, though, Welby had no doubts about Jesus. I found that quite astonishing, for Jesus has meaning to Welby only as the […]

Francis Crick hosts a groovy party

by Matthew Cobb As regular readers will know, Jerry and I are finishing up our books at the same time. His is The Albatross, mine has a name and a topic ‘Life’s Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code’. I hope to press ‘send’ to my publishers tomorrow morning. [JAC: Mine is hard on […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Nature red in tooth and claw, from reader Peter Nothnagle: Herewith attached, for your possible inclusion among the readers’  wildlife photos, a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) dining on an unfortunate sparrow (Passer domesticus), observed by its sibling and an incredulous bunny (Sylvilagus floridanus). Reader Tony Eales has some photos from Oz: I’ve just came back from […]

Diana MacPherson

This is the first post I’ve ever titled with a reader’s name, but it came to me instantly when I saw this picture. If you don’t know what this means, you ain’t been around long enough. But I’m sure someone will explain in the comments. Photo from Pet Stuff Web, in a series of ten […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

When the dialogues are this enigmatic, I ask Malgorzata to explain them. Here’s what she said: Hili’s stance indicates that she is seeing something, something tangible, something material. So she pronounced that she was seeing something. Andrzej asked what it was. And it turned out that Hili was peering into the future and could see […]


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