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Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s Sunday, and the Lord decrees that ye shall not pick up sticks this day on pain of death. It’s May 19, 2019, and and National Devil’s Food Cake Day. (If that is what Satan eats, let me go to Hell!) It’s also Hepatitis Testing Day (I’m clean). On this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn, […]

“Tell No One”: a documentary about pedophilic Polish priests that’s making a big stir

This is a powerful, moving, and stirring film that will make you very angry at the Catholic Church, for it details—sometimes graphically—the sexual abuse of children by priests that was rife in Poland. The abuse is only now being put in front of people by this new movie, “Tell No One”. It’s two hours long, […]

Retaining abortion rights through legislation

I wish I’d thought of this, but I didn’t think hard enough. While the Supreme Court can overturn state laws banning abortion because they’re unconstitutional (Roe v. Wade was decided on the grounds that abortion violated the right to privacy embodied in the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause), I don’t think the Supreme Court can […]

Caturday felids: How cats use their whiskers; cat gets 100 rolls of toilet paper to shred; old cat news from the NYT

Now here’s a fun cat video that’s also education, as it’s from BBC Earth. You’ll learn that cats can’t focus on any objects farther than about a foot away (30 cm) as well as close to their faces, but they’re good at detecting motion, and can use their whiskers to fine-tune the position of an […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s bird photos come from young Jamie Blilie, sent in by his dad James. James’s notes are indented, and he contributed some of his own plant photos below. Here are some new bird photos from my son, Jamie.  He is now using both his old Canon Powershot SX530 HS super-zoom camera and also now an […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s Caturday, May 18, 2019, and National Cheese Souffle Day (I’ve never had one). It’s also International Museum Day, with a theme that changes yearly; this year’s theme is “Museums as cultural hubs: the future of tradition.” The description makes it seem a bit woke, asserting that museums must now help deal with “contemporary social […]

True facts about THE DUCK

I don’t think I’ve posted zefrank1’s video “True facts about the duck” before, and I can’t figure out why. It has some real biology in it—about duck penises, of course, and the antagonistic sexual selection that has led some species to evolve huge, corkscrew-shaped penises as well as corkscrew-shaped vaginas. As far as I know, […]

More about Christian List’s confusing views of free will

Yesterday I analyzed the free-will ideas of Dr. Christian List, a professor of political science and philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In a long conversation with Michael Shermer, he expressed what I saw as his belief in libertarian free will that was still compatible with pure physical determinism of molecules. […]

Computer scientist David Gelernter drinks the academic Kool-Aid, buys into intelligent design

David Gelenrter is a well known computer scientist at Yale, famous for his innovations in parallel computing, and is also a writer and artist. He’s a religious Jew, a conservative, and—as of two years ago—a denier of anthropogenic global warming, a view at odds with his scientific background.  In 1993 he was also badly injured […]

Railing about rails again: No, Science, it’s NOT THE SAME SPECIES!

UPDATE: Science has now corrected its post by issuing the addendum below.  As you’ll see in the comments below, author Alex Fox credits this post for the correction, which is gentlemanly of him. Thanks to reader Barry for the spot. *************** It is a truth universally acknowledged that the two most prestigious science journals in […]