I’m pretty busy with CoyneFest stuff, my upcoming trip to Singapore, Hong Kong and China, and other matters, so substantive posts are going to be scarcer than usual until I return from Asia in mid-November. Let me call your attention today, then, to three things that you might want to read:
1). Over at Heather’s Homilies, Heather Hastie has a long and perspicacious analysis of the second Clinton/Trump debate, and adds a lot of good cat memes deriving from Trump’s “grab the pussy” statement. There is in fact a #pussiesagainsttrump site where you can find lots of LOLz.
2). The Guardian reports that a bunch of protestors in New York besieged the American Museum of Natural History, protesting the “Columbus Day” holiday as favoring the genocide of native Americans, criticizing several of the anthropological exhibits for “colonialism” and “exoticizing” Islam, and demanded the removal of a statue outside the Museum showing Theodore Roosevelt with a Native American and and African American. There’s an argument to be made about the “Columbus Day” holiday, though my own thoughts haven’t gelled on that, but less of an argument for removing that statue. Must we efface all of our history? As the Guardian reports:
“Teddy Roosevelt’s nature was not empty wilderness. It was and is indigenous land,” one reader said as the organizers took turns reading from a speech. “Taken through violence. Just like Columbus who came to enslave. To take their gold and their bodies and their souls.”
That’s a stretch. Here’s the statue. Do you think it should be removed?
3). Finally, over at Free Inquiry there’s a meaty published debate (four adjacent back-and-forth articles) between Michael Shermer and Phil Torres on whether terrorism poses an existential threat. Shermer says “no”, and Torres says “yes”.