I have a big backlog of stuff to write about—more about ways of knowing, les folies de Templeton, accommodationism, penguins, cat hotels, and the like—but final exams are looming and I have to write one. So for today I’ll just make a few announcements, present a disturbing video, and then make up challenging questions for my undergrads.
1. By now everyone who donated to Doctors Without Borders should have received their book with a cat drawing. Although few people acknowledged receiving one (ingrates!), if you haven’t gotten yours by next week let me know.
2. I’ll soon be auctioning off (again for DWB) a multiply-autographed copy of my book, complete with my cat drawing, Ben Goren’s notation with a genuine pawprint from his cat Baihu, and, of course, all those signatures of the luminaries at the Moving Naturalism Forward conference. I’m happy to report that Official Website Artist™ Kelly Houle has the book now, and is adding some of her splendid artwork to it as well. This is going to be a keeper, full of nice stuff (and I don’t mean my writing!). Here’s a screenshot before Kelly’s artwork, with autographs, slogans, and diagrams from every participant at the conference (note Steven Weinberg’s Feynman diagram producing a Higgs boson):
I want someone to bid a lot of money for this, as it’s a one-of-a-kind item (especially when Kelly’s artwork is added), and the money goes to a great cause. Start thinking about what you can afford!
Finally, the environmental news is this disturbing video of how much carbon dioxide is emitted over time by New York City.
Remember, this is just one of many cities. Is it any wonder the Earth is going to hell?
h/t: Matthew Cobb