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My article in Quillette: A rebuttal of John Staddon’s claim that secular humanism is a religion

Since I’ve now published in Quillette, I guess I’m not only a member of the Intellectual Dark Web, but also an alt-righter and a white supremacist. Or so the Perpetually Aggrieved might say. At any rate, if you click on the screenshot below, or go here, you’ll see my 1900-word response to John Staddon’s essay, […]

Identity politics and 2020

I am not a political expert, and somehow I just can’t get deeply involved in a race for President when the election won’t take place for a year and a half.Β  But I do know three things: 1.) We have to get a Democrat into the White House, and that means defeating Trump. Unless he’s […]

Notre Dame severely damaged; roof collapses: cathedral may be forever lost

Well, the roof of Notre Dame collapsed in the fire and the damage is horribly severe. There’s a timely report at The New York Times (click on screenshot below): They still don’t know how the fire started, but here’s what the NYT says: AndrΓ© Finot, a spokesman for the cathedral, said in a telephone interview […]

1,000 to go

Although, if I keep this website going until I die, I may see 100,000 subscribers, I have no hopes for such a number. But in a few months I think we’ll hit 60,000, which will make me happy (though I’d be much happer if some subscribers gave a few pounds to Feline Friends London, a […]

“They are us”: New Zealand’s PM reacts to mosque shootings

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, reacts strongly and eloquently to the terrorist murder of 49 Muslims worshiping at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. “It is clear that this is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence. Many of those who will […]

Hipster inadvertently proves that all hipsters look alike

Reader Julian called my attention to this post on The Register, a post that could have come from The Onion, but it’s TRUE. The headline tells it all: What happened is that a paper appeared on the AMS Journals website with a mathematical theory explaining why hipsters (or anything that behaves like hipsters) tend to […]

Unresolved biology question of the day: Why do cats sprint out of the litter box?

Not all cats do this, but many of them do. After defecating, a cat will exit the litter box on the gallop, sometimes running like crazy around the house. (They don’t seem to do it after urinating.) Some of mine did it, too, and I’ve seen this behavior in many other cats.Β  But why? There […]

Julian Baggini: How we can still admire figures of the past who were bigots

The Outrage Brigade is ever busy and needs feeding. Always it is feeding and gloating for more. (Apologies to Clarence Darrow.) As we all know, the Authoritarian Left, not satisfied with demonizing and purging ideological transgressors of the present (and yes, some of them, like Harvey Weinstein, should be demonized and purged), have started in […]

Springer “apparently” retracts a creationist paper, but it’s still on the website

On December 18 of last year, I wrote to Springer’s International Journal of Anthropology and Ethnology, which had published a loony creationist paper by one Sarah Umer, whose affiliation was listed as the “Department of Visual Arts & Graphic Designs at the Institute of Visual Arts & Designs at the Lahore College for Women University […]

Michael Cohen testifies

I’m watching Michael Cohen’s live testimony before the House of Representatives, and you can follow it, along with commentary, at the New York Times site. What he has to say is chilling, and it’s not over yet. I can tell the party of any Representative questioning Cohen simply by the loudness of their voices (the […]