Author Archives: whyevolutionistrue

Identify the organism that made this pattern

Here’s a new tweet that Matthew sent, showing a pattern found underwater by ROV SuBastian dive #96 (dive #97 starts at 11 a.m. Chicago time, and you can watch it here).  These dives are sponsored by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and are currently investigating hydrothermal vents around Tonga in the Pacific. Oh wow, one of […]

Ali Rizvi talks sense on Israel and Palestine

Unbeknownst to me, Ali Rizvi, author of The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason (I blurbed the book) wrote a fine article on the Israel Palestine crisis that was published in PuffHo on July 28, 2014. (Click on screenshot below to read it, and you should.) Normally I’d kvetch about his publishing this […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Joe Dickinson sent photos from a group beloved of Professor Ceiling cat: DUCKS! His notes are indented: Prompted by the “aesthetically challenged” Muscovy duck posted on Dec. 6, here are some more ducks ranging from strange to beautiful. First here is a Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) that has been hanging around Aptos creek for the last […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

We’ve reached Friday again, as it’s December 8, 2017 and National Brownie Day (I had mine earlier this week). One week from today I’ll be flying to India, which I think is a straight 19-hour flight. No business class for me this time; I’ll be sitting in steerage. I hope at least the food is […]

Man rescues wild rabbit from California fires

When I saw news and video of the wildfires raging through Southern California, I thought not only of the humans but also of the animals, both pets and wild animals. Not all of them can escape the flames! It’s devastating to lose your home, but even more devastating to lose your life.  Here’s a video […]

Quote of the week

A thought from Brian Leiter, a colleague in our Law School who runs the popular online philosophy site Leiter Reports: Marcuse himself wanted to suppress speech advocating for actual violence against and silencing of human beings:  murdering their political leaders, dropping chemical bombs on their country, destroying their society and livelihood through military violence.    But neoliberalism—the […]

Website matters: comment glitch

All of a sudden I find myself approving a lot of comment from readers who haven’t been put on moderation (“moderation” means that I must approve every comment they make). I’m not sure why this has happened, and it may be a glitch in WordPress. All I can say for now is make sure you […]

Robert Sapolsky takes on free will in “Behave”

I wasn’t able to finish Robert Sapolsky’s relatively new book, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, for two reasons. First, I found the opening several hundred pages pretty boring. Despite Sapolsky’s valiant attempt to write engagingly—and he can do so in places—the material was a tedious disquisition on hormones, neurons, and other material […]

Al Franken and our poll

Here are the results of the poll I posted yesterday:   Given the number of subscribers, I’m a bit disappointed that there were relatively few votes (around 500 total, or roughly 1% of subscribers). That said, there were enough to show that more people want Al Franken to stay in the Senate than to resign, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Oz sent us some mimics; his words are indented. (See yesterday’s post on mantid flies.) I photographed a couple of wild mimics yesterday. First was a large Mantis Fly, Euclimacia nuchalis, mimicking a large brown paper-wasp similar to this wasp. Here’s the fly: And the wasp (not Tony’s photo): Also yet another ant-mimicking […]