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Friday: Duck report

It’s a steamy Friday, and the ducks are wilted, napping on their island. Their appetites even seem to have flagged, though they may just be foraging on their own. All eight ducklings are in good nick, and their wings are getting large; they even flap them just to test them out. It won’t be long […]

Scarlett Johansson vilified for playing role of trans man in a movie, columnist fired for defending her

As reported in multiple venues, actor Scarlett Johansson, set to play a transgender man in an upcoming movie, has been vilified for what I guess can be called “gender appropriation”. How dare she, ask the critics, take a role that could be played more “authentically” by a genuine transgender man? As the New York Times […]

Shermer on consciousness, free will, and God

The latest Scentific American has a short column by Michael Shermer on why he thinks consciousness, free will, and God are “insoluble mysteries”. Click on the screenshot to read the piece.   When I read it, I jotted down some thoughts that took issue with Shermer’s notion that all three are “insoluble”, and sent a […]

Our World Cup Contest ends without a winner

Reader George, the Boss Honcho of the World Cup Contest, has some sad news. For the first time in our two contests, we don’t have a winner. George’s announcement (with a blurb for RUGBY at the end): Sadly, it is over. When Belgium lost to France on Tuesday, the Second Quadrennial WEIT World Cup Contest […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Jones sent us some lovely photos of butterflies. His notes and IDs are indented: A few butterflies from the Sussex countryside: Eurasian White Admiral (Limenitis camilla): Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus): Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) feeding: Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) on a Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) I think: Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) on a Dandelion (Taraxacum) […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, Friday, kicking back on Friday! Which seat can you take? Yes, it’s July 13, 2018: Friday the Thirteenth. To stave off bad luck, partake of today’s comestible, for it’s National French Fry Day. In Mongolia it’s the last day of Naadam, a big holiday for engaging in and watching horse racing, archery, and […]

Courting tigers

Tigers are my favorite big cat (Pallas’s cats are my favorite small one), and here’s a video from BBC Earth about courting tigers. It’s pretty anthropomorphic, and only an interlude in the solitary life of this species. Plus it looks a bit dicey with all the roaring and all; and on top of everything, mating […]

William Lane Craig waffles on Adam and Eve

I’m both amused and bemused by William Lane Craig’s latest “Monthly Report” on his Reasonable Doubts website, a report that deals with a “Creation Project” conference he attended. Click on the screenshot to see the report: The meeting was a Dabar Conference called “Reclaiming theological anthropology in an age of science“, with the aim of  “orienting […]

Infinite Monkey Cage: Episode 100

The Infinite Monkey Cage, the entertaining BBC science and comedy show hosted by Robin Ince and Brian Cox, has just celebrated its 100th episode. You can hear the hour-long show at the link below; Matthew, who was in the audience. commented: They have a couple of vicars on it, heaven knows why, one an ex […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and moar science)

Because of his extraordinary and information-packed posts on bird research (mostly his), Bruce Lyon has now been appointed our Official Website Ornithologist™, though he’s really a professor of ecology and evolution at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Here’s his latest post—on pygmy owls—and his commentary is indented. Did you know that some owls […]