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Atheist Alliance of America meeting in two weeks

I’m just back from speaking in Torun, which was great fun, including a slap-up traditional Polish lunch in the dean’s office, which is the fanciest office I’ve ever seen (some of the furniture dates from the sixteenth century). I also saw Copernicus’s house, but I’m getting ahead of myself; there will photos of all this […]

End of the Week Felid

For the End of the Week Felid, we have a cartoon by Paul Noth, sent in by reader Merilee. It speaks for itself, though you may have to look up the poker term “tell”:

Ben Carson opens mouth, inserts metatarsals again: says it would be “very dangerous” to register guns

If this man gets to be the Republican Presidential candidate (and I’ll bet one reader $50 he won’t: first taker accepted), I’ll be overjoyed, because there’s no way Carson could beat any of the viable Democratic candidates. In fact, I’m baffled why he’s a candidate at all. His latest gaffe was made in conversation with radio […]

Kim Davis and the Pope, Volume MCMDXXVIII of ‘I am not a homophobe’

by Grania Spingies Regular contributor Pliny The In Between has created a new satirical poke at the strange logical contortions from the school of Special Pleading. As Jerry noted recently, there is nothing particularly liberal about the Pope’s position on anything; not unless you apply a really low standard to what liberal is: his organization bars women […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

As I’m in a rush, we’ll have a truncated version of Reader’s Wildlife Photos today; fortunately, the stalwart Stephen Barnard sent three photos this morning: Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula): Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias):

Friday: Hili dialogue

I must rush, as I have only fifteen minutes before I don the monkey suit and head for Torun for the Big Lecture. Unless my writing colleagues pitch in, posting will be almost nonexistent today, but indulge me as I have to go about my Father’s (Ceiling Cat’s) work. In the meantime, Hili is, as […]

Dobrzyn: around Retirement Day

Here are a few holiday snaps from the last two days in Dobrzyn. It’s gotten a bit chilly and they’ve turned on the central heating. First, as befits her status, we have the Furry Princess of Poland, who is now deigning to give me substantial Quality Cat Time on the couch: Hili’s World #1: Hili’s […]

A glowing sea turtle: the world’s first biofluorescent reptile

National Geographic reports the discovery that the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), the most endangered of all marine turtles, is biofluorescent: it absorbs blue light from the ocean and, after that light is transformed into different light by photosensitive molecules, it’s reflected back as a panoply of different colors. This differs from bioluminescence, which is the emission of […]

An updated Pascal’s Wager: Just as bad as the old one

I am continually told that I should not engage in philosophy without professional credentials in that area, even though I am now co-author with a Credentialed Philosopher™, Maarten Boudry, on a peer-reviewed philosophy paper. But this credential mongering loses force when I see real professors of philosophy engaged in lucubrations that are so transparently dreadful that […]

The Pope met secretly with Kim Davis

According to both the New York Times and NPR, during his U.S. visit Pope Francis met not only privately with gay-marriage-license-refuser Kim Davis, but secretly. From the Times: Vatican officials initially would not confirm that the meeting occurred, finally doing so on Wednesday afternoon, while refusing to discuss any details. . . . On Tuesday night, her […]


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