Author Archives: whyevolutionistrue

How do you want to die?

I’m surprised nobody has thought of this before: collecting doctors’ wishes about how they would like to die. That collection was done by Tom Chivers, announced on Twi**er, as below, and published on BuzzFeed. Click on the screenshot below to go to the article, which is a lot better than usual pieces on that aggregator site: […]

Three owlets and a fly

My old friend Hempenstein sent this video, and at first I couldn’t figure out what was going on: I thought the owlet nestlings were listening for their mother. But then I realized that they were following a fly that was loose in the nest box.  As Hempenstein commented on the video: Jesus they’re strange-looking, but […]

Austin part deux: buying custom boots

As I’ve mentioned several times, one of the reasons I went through Austin was to get measured for a pair of custom cowboy boots by Lee Miller, in my view the finest bootmaker in the U.S. His shop is called “Texas Traditions,” and Matt Dillahunty accompanied me there a few days ago for my Big Measurement. […]

The world’s largest aggregation of snakes

Since Greg is posting twice about snakes this week, I declare it Official Website Snake Week.™ My colleague Steve Arnold used to work at my university, and since his research was partly on garter snakes, I knew about the amazing mating aggregations of that species that occur in some locations. But by far the largest aggregation […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard sends us some photos from Idaho: stills of the aerial dogfights (or ballets) he sees daily between two species of hummingbirds battling around the feeder on his porch. You should know by now that these little guys, while adorable, are fiercely territorial. I’m not sure what damage they can do to each other while […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

Professor Ceiling Cat here; I’m heading home at last from Louisiana but visiting old friends along the way, so posting will light for just a few more days. As always, I will do my best. Greg has another post on snakes to put up (make sure you read his terrific post on the four-legged fossil snake); […]

Peregrinations: Austin, part I

Here’s the first of two posts of my visit to Austin (the second will be the documentation of my getting measured for and ordering custom cowboy boots. On the drive from San Angelo to Austin, which was largely on back roads, I got a good view of Texas country life. Many of the small towns […]

NYT quotes my post on the Bogotá twins—without permission

I suppose the “fair use” policy allows magazines and newspapers to quote this website without permission, but it would have been nice had the New York Times asked me before quoting part of my post about Susan Dominus’s wonderful NYT Sunday Magazine piece on the mixed-up twins of Bogotá. (Do read her piece if you get a chance; […]

Think positive: how could we get to a good 2100?

by Matthew Cobb On Tw*tter the @realscientists account just posted an interesting challenge. So here's something I've been pondering a lot lately: what will the world look like in 2100? What do you think? — realscientists (@realscientists) July 27, 2015 I came back with what I think is probably going to be the correct answer: […]

Brother Tayler’s secular Sunday sermon: a riff on a hoax

An article in The NewsNerd notes that the American Psychological Association is about to classify extreme religiosity as a mental illness. A true God Delusion!: According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a strong and passionate belief in a deity or higher power, to the point where it impairs one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common […]


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