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Saturday: Hili dialogue

Before we begin Grania’s last Hili post for my latest trip, I’d like to present her with a certificate. Let’s hear if for her diligence, without which the site would have been sad and empty on some days. Now, back to her Hili: Good morning! Jerry is back in Chicago and dealing with jet-lag. [JAC: […]

On the way home

While Americans are sleeping, I’m waiting at the gate in Zagreb, on my way back to Chicago via Zurich. As I write this it’s 1:30 a.m. Chicago time.) Here are a few random pictures from my visit as preparation for the last two posts about my visit to this lovely city. The local Serbian Orthodox […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning! Welcome to Friday! Jerry has started on the long journey back to the States and will check in with us when he can. In History today: 1453 – The Hundred Years’ War ended with the French recapture of Bordeaux 1466 – The Thirteen Years’ War ended with the Second Treaty of Thorn. 1649 – New Ross town, County Wexford, Ireland, surrendered […]

The Giant Meat Platter

This is how my hosts and I celebrated after my final talk in Zagreb (the topic was our lack of free will, and it was delivered at the University of Zagreb’s philosophy lecture hall). Voilà: the Giant Meat Platter, designed to feed six, preceded with pickled red peppers and flatbread, washed down with beer, and […]

Rutgers pretends it didn’t deplatform a journalist accused of “Isamophobia”, but says it was a “postponement” and yay for free speech

Lisa Daftari is a journalist who is a Jew of Iranian descent, and, well, I’ll give the Wikipedia data to show she’s a credible person to speak at a university: Lisa Daftari is an investigative journalist focusing on foreign affairs with a focus on the Middle East and counterterrorism. She regularly appears on television and radio with […]

Neanderthal bones in Croatia

Note: This has been slightly updated after I ran it by Davorka, who caught a few errors. Over the years we’ve had a number of posts about Neanderthals and their genetic legacy in “modern humans” (see here for a collection), many of them written by Matthew Cobb. Croatia—in particular a hill near the small town […]

Jamal Khashoggi’s final column

The Saudi Arabian columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote critical pieces about his country for the Washington Post, disappeared on October 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get permission to divorce his first wife so he could marry his fiancée. He was apparently killed, almost certainly on the orders of, or with […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning and welcome to the final leg of the week. The perils of assuming that people speak fluent pictogram. Or as Terry Pratchett once put it: Teppic peered closely at the dense hieroglyphics. ” Thin eagle, eye, wiggly line, man with a stick, bird sitting down, wiggly line’,” he read. Dios winced. […]

Just for the record, Hawking was an atheist

Read about it on CNN (click on the screenshot): Although famous scientists like Hawking and Einstein have no more or less insight into the divine than anyone else, people look to their words for support of their religion. After all, if really smart people believe in God, then maybe He exists. And both physicists wrote […]

The Left eats its own: The New Yorker criticizes Elizabeth Warren for checking her ancestry, asserts that idea of biological differences among people is “pernicious”

The more I read the New Yorker, the more I realize two things. First, it’s rapidly become a sophisticated version of HuffPo, a liberal magazine marinated in Authoritarian Leftism. That became palpably clear when the editor, David Remnick, who was scheduled to interview Steve Bannon onstage at this month’s New Yorker Festival, disinvited Bannon. (Several […]