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Punctilious scientists correct Google Doodle, possibly incorrectly

I wrote yesterday about the “Lucy” Google Doodle, which looked like this: Some of my colleagues didn’t like that Doodle, and fixed it. They couldn’t help it . . .: Actually, I’m not sure this is scientifically accurate, as it shows Lucy (middle figure; A. afarensis) as a lineage that split off from modern humans […]

Quotes of the day

We have two quotes today. The first is from a reader who, commenting on the pervasive campus movement to restrict “offensive” speech, said this, which I see as pretty profound: If we ban offensive speech, how will we know who the assholes are? The second is from an interview in the New York Times with Bob […]

High Court rules that British schools must include humanism in religious studies

Just a quick note about what appears to be a landmark decision. The British Humanist Association (BHA) reports that the High Court has ruled that non-religious “philosophical” views such as humanism must be included in the Religious Studies curriculum. As you may already know, religious education is mandatory in government secondary schools in England and Wales (see details […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Paris

Today’s excellent Jesus and Mo refers to something you may already know about: the Paris attacks caused the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Least Reverend Justin Welby, to doubt the presence of God. The BBC recently reported this: The Archbishop of Canterbury has said the terror attacks in Paris made him “doubt” the presence of God. The Most […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Craig Carpenter sent a very artistic photo: Beaver (Castor canadensis; photo by Judy Carpenter) on a small lake in North Georgia. And from reader Colin Campbell: I am sending a few pictures taken with my iPhone, insects from the south of France and an extra from Spain (plus lagniappe) The first is a beautiful […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and although in Europe and other places people are blithely going to work, here in the U.S. everybody has either gone home to relatives, or is leaving at noon—all bound for that Big Turkey Dinner. But in Dobrzyn it’s an anniversary of sorts, with Hili taking some dubious credit: Hili: […]

G*d help me, I want these!

They’re Oreo churros, sold frozen and then reheated in your microwave (the press release is here). I know people will excoriate me for this, but I don’t care. If you’ve tried them, weigh in below. And beware of attacking the palate of PCC(E)!  

Woman and her Doppelgänger marionette feed a squirrel

The week is effectively over for most Americans, I think: even my department is largely empty, and tomorrow will be even emptier. So, as an end-of-the-week treat, here’s a short story from Neatorama about an activist woman who had an affinity for marionettes and squirrels, resulting in this adorable photo: The whole story, and be […]

Many Americans, and even more Europeans, favor restricting speech offensive to minorities

A brand-new poll from the Pew Research Center gives a dispiriting result: there’s widespread resistance to free speech in the U.S., and even more so in Europe. Further, within the U.S. itself, younger people favor more restrictions on speech than do their elders. The complete report is here, and I haven’t yet read it, but the […]

Templeton’s at it again, wasting money promoting Christianity

Not long ago, an executive with the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) invited me to dinner on his dime. His aim was twofold: to discuss my latest book, which he was going to review (clearly not positively!), and, more important, to convince me that I had the Foundation all wrong: that it wasn’t really interested in advancing religion, […]


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