Author Archives: whyevolutionistrue

Amsterdam: food

I’ve been here but one day but have already sampled some of the culinary delights of this city. More are to come. After arrival we asked where we could find a good place for Dutch pancakes, and it turned out one was not far away: the Pancake Bakery in the Canal District (scroll on the […]

Remarkable new Cambrian fossils comparable to those of the Burgess shale

Greetings from Amsterdam! I want to call your attention to a remarkable new fossil find in southern China; a rich group of soft-bodied animals, the “Qingjiang Fauna”, from about 518 million years ago. It’s comparable in importance to the Burgess Shale fauna popularized by Steve Gould’s book Wonderful Life, and to the Chengjiang fauna China […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning and welcome to the new week. In history today: 1000 – Fatimid caliph al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah assassinates the eunuch chief minister Barjawan and assumes control of the government. 1199 – Richard I is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leading to his death on April 6. 1584 – Sir Walter Raleigh is granted a patent to colonize Virginia. 1948 – The first successful tornado forecast predicts that a tornado […]

UK rejects asylum for Iranian Muslim who converted to Christianity, saying that Christianity isn’t a peaceful religion

UPDATE: Reader Chris called my attention to a video about this asylum situation. A video featuring the woman’s letter, which includes excerpts from the UK’s letter of refusal and an interview with the refugee’s lawyer, is on Radio 4 and can be seen here. ______________ This has been reported in several British papers, but one […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Good morning, or <insert time-appropriate greetings here/>. Jerry’s winging his way to Europe and will check in with us when he can. JAC addendum: I arrived in Amsterdam about 1.5 hours ago. I’m exhausted, but it’s a beautiful city. In history today: 1832 – In Hiram, Ohio, a group of men beat and tar and feather Mormon leader Joseph […]

Talks in Belgium: April 1 and 2

If you’re in Brussels on April 1, I’m giving a public talk on the evidence for evolution. It will be delivered in English but simultaneous French translation will be offered through headphones, and the slides will be in both English and French. Admission is free. Here’s the announcement (click on screenshot): On the next day, […]

Again: Is it Honey?

Reader Graham from the UK did a careful scan of the bill sported by our newly-arriving mallard hen. Comparing this year’s photos to last year’s photos of Honey, he seems convinced that it is the same duck. I’d sure like to believe that, but of course I am riddled with confirmation bias and must guard […]

Caturday felid trifecta: Tattooed cats; cats sleeping weird; cat crosswalk in Sweden (and lagniappe)

Don’t worry: no cats were actually tattooed in the making of these ink-wash drawings by a Japanese-American artist. As artFido notes: Kazuaki Horitomo is a California-based Japanese artist who combines two of his great passions – tattoos and cats – into one. As an illustrator and tattoo artist, Horitomo is steeped in the Japanese tradition of tebori (a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I suspect this will be the last installment here for about two weeks, but if you’ve sent in photos, never fear: I have them all here in Chicago. Today’s contribution is from Joe Dickinson, whose notes are indented: Not technically “wildlife”, nevertheless here are some photos from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The first two are […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s Saturday, March 23, 2019, and I’m off today to the Low Countries: the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and Belgium (Louvain, Brussels, and Ghent). Posting will of course be light in my absence, but I hope to post photos from my trip. As always, I do my best. Grania has kindly agreed to cover the Hili dialogues […]