Author Archives: whyevolutionistrue

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, […]

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Lucy

Today’s Google Doodle is a good one for evolutionary biologists, for it celebrates “Lucy,” the largely-complete skeletal specimen of Australopithecus afarensis found 41 years ago today by Donald Johansen and his team in Ethiopia. (The story of how they found her is in chapter 8 of WEIT.)  Lucy is famous for the “intermediacy” of her skeleton, which […]

Readers’ wildlife photos, and a note on Darwin

We’ll have a short photo installment today (is anybody out there?), as there’s a Google Doodle I want to highlight. I found this photo from Madagascar on naturalist/photographer Piotr Naskrecki’s Facebook page (you should definitely “friend” him if you like great nature photography), and asked him for permission to reproduce it here. He kindly assented. I […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

It’s two days until Thanksgiving, but people are already taking off for the holiday, and most won’t be back to work until next Monday. The University, of course, will be devoid of students. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili shows her usual solipsism, but she’s still cute: A: Are you going for a walk with us? Hili: […]

Bald squirrel in Dunstable

by Matthew Cobb The BBC reports that a bald grey squirrel has been captured in Dunstable in the UK. The RSPCA was called in after passers-by were worried it could freeze to death (we have just had the first frosts of the year). I assumed it was just mangey, but it is clearly bald all […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 37,159 other followers