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Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Hump Day—Wednesday, November 30, 2016, and the last day of the month. It’s National Mousse Day, and they’re not talking about hair products. In South Africa it’s also Regina Mundi Day, commemorating a Soweto church that was a focus of anti-apartheid activity. On this day in 1872, the very first international football match took place in Glasgow […]

Seth Andrews and his colleagues (and I) review “The Atheist Delusion”, Ray Comfort’s new anti-evolution and pro-God movie

I previewed creationist Ray Comfort’s new movie, “The Atheist Delusion“, in July, but didn’t know the contents. Now that it’s out, we see that, like his previous movie (“Evolution versus God“) this one again takes the form of an “atheist-stumper,” in which, like his previous movie, Comfort asks non-scientists scientific questions that they can’t answer, thereby […]

The first X to do Y, where X represents a hijabi and Y represents a Miss Minnesota contestant

We continue with the “first hijabi to do X” trope, which doesn’t celebrate Muslim achievements so much as the wearing of a garment that symbolizes misogyny and female oppression. One sees little approbation for the achievements of Muslim women themselves, which in times like these should be applauded; one sees instead approbation for only those […]

On the rapaciousness of scientific publishers, and my refusal to be their slave

I’ve long complained about the bloated profits of commercial scientific publishers, which can be as high as 40%. That’s obscene if you realize that other companies which actually make a product make far less money, that the scientific publishers get that money by not only charging authors to publish there, but having their scientific papers refereed and improved by reviewers […]

The Guardian publishes the ultimate abasement of the Left: an anonymous writer flagellates himself for criticizing Islam

Yesterday the Guardian, which is becoming increasingly worthless except as a source of levity, published a piece by an anonymous author: “‘Alt-right’ online poison nearly turned me into a racist.”  When I first read it I thought it was a joke or a spoof, but knowing the Guardian’s penchant for regressive Leftism, of which this […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have some photographs of Tanzania by reader Joe Dickinson. He sent a previous set featuring lions, zebras, and their interaction (!), but I’ll put this set up first because it arrived just now and it’s easy to post. Joe’s notes are indented. Here is a set to finish out Tarangire NP, Tanzania.   More to […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s the penultimate day of November: the 29th, and it’s the year 2016, which means it’s National Chocolates Day. In honor of that, I’ve put some powdered cocoa into my latte to make it into a sort-of mocha. It’s also William Tubman‘s birthday, celebrated in Liberia, where he was that nation’s longest-serving President. On this day […]

Tufts University: a black hole for freedom of speech

Once again we must turn to right-wing websites, the College Fix and Heat Street (corroborated from other sites), to find out how free speech is going down the tubes at many American Universities.  In this case it’s Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts (home of Dan Dennett), which has been given a “red rating” by the Foundation […]

Standing Rock: Has the news about the pipeline protests been slanted?

To answer the title question first, my response is “I don’t know.” Most of what I’ve learned about the dispute between the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the government and private companies over the Dakota Access Pipeline has come from social media, which has been universally sympathetic to the Sioux. They, and other sympathizers and Native Americans, are […]

Sean Carroll’s Gifford Lectures

The Gifford Lectures, first given in 1898, were established by a bequest of Lord Adam Gifford, and were intended to “promote and diffuse the study of natural theology in the widest sense of the term — in other words, the knowledge of God.” In other words, they were supposed to use evidence from nature to give […]