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The infatuated leopard experience

Voilà: a gif from The Meta Picture. Their notes: Pardus is a black leopard that is currently a part of the Cheetah Experience, a big cat centre that was founded in 2006 with the long-term goal of breeding cheetahs. Pardus is very enthusiastic about people. Here’s what happens when Pardus notices his favorite zoo keeper is […]

Afghani mullah rapes ten-year-old girl; family wants to kill her

There is no explicit statement in the Qur’an (I don’t know about the hadith) urging or sanctioning “honor killings,” but it’s now become a feature of Islamic culture, and has been justified on religious grounds (in Jordan, attempts to strengthen laws against honor killing were opposed and turned back by Muslim leaders for religious reasons). Virtually every case […]

Philosopher John Gray denigrates reason and promotes religion on the BBC

John N. Gray (b. 1948) is an English political philosopher  who is an emeritus professor at the London School of Economics.  According to Wikipedia, he “contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplementand the New Statesman, where he is the lead book reviewer.” For a philosopher, Gray shows a curious tendency to denigrate reason and praise faith. We’ve […]

Caturday felids: Chessie the railroad kitten

If you live in the U.S. and are of a certain age, you might know about “Chessie” the railroad cat: the symbol of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.  Or you might have simply seen this symbol on the side of a train, without knowing what it was (it’s on the train right below): It is […]

Long-lost section of Bayeux Tapestry found

I’ve always wanted to see the Bayeux Tapestry, which now resides in the eponymous town in northwestern France. It’s not really a tapestry, like the Lady with the Unicorn series (do see that if you’re ever in Paris), but is an embroidery on cloth. Regardless, according to a tw**t by Literary Interest, a new section of […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

I’m rushing around frantically trying to get everything done before I leave for HiliLand on Saturday, so don’t expect much. Since people seemed to like the evolution post on ring species yesterday, I might do another tomorow on a new paper on the hooded crow/carrion crow hybrid zone (a famous area where two “species” meet […]

Help Denver open North America’s first cat cafe

Sana Hamelin contacted me on behalf of her partners in the Denver Cat Company, a cat cafe which is poised to open in the Mile High City. Sana was a corporate attorney who gave it all up for cats; here she is with one of her business partners, Keven Murphy (the other partner is Stella Min.) These […]

FFRF complains again, Lebanon school board stonewalls (a bad move)

I am informed by the diligent attorneys at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) in Madison, Wisconsin that the Lebanon, Missouri school board has not answered the FFRF’s second letter to the Superintendent of Schools about Principal Kevin Lowery’s prayer at a public school. That letter, shown below, was sent three weeks ago, on June 24. […]

Templeton, heaven, and the media

In August of 2012 I wrote about the Templeton Foundation’s funding of an “Immortality Project,” in which a philosopher at the University of California at Riverside was given 5.1 million dollars to head a consortium of academics studying the afterlife, its ramifications, its possible existence, and its influence on people’s behavior. The studies also included Near Death Experiences […]

A militant atheist

This is the image that faitheists, accommodationists, and believers have when it comes to Our Own Satan. It was produced by Ben Goren, who calls it “Richard Dawkins, Militant Atheist,” who sent it with the note: The opening sentence of that execrable bit of nonsense by Nury Vittachi that you’ve got as the top post right […]

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