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CoyneFest schedule, October 14-15

A while back I announced that there would be a symposium at the University of Chicago to celebrate—if that’s the right word—my retirement. The time and place, announced before, are the same: Friday, October 14, 2016 – 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 9:30 am until 11:00 am Location:  Gordon Center […]

Geek humor of the week

Reader Thomas called my attention to this product on Amazon, where you can buy anything, as well as the top comment about it. (If you must have it, and it costs $39.95, click on the screenshot.) Some of the other comments are also funny.

A New York Times debate on trigger warnings

Five days ago, the New York Times had one of its occasional debates in which several people write short pieces on a controversial issue. This one was called “Do Trigger Warnings Work?“, and there were two people on the “yes” side and one on the “no” side, so it’s not balanced. Nor are there data adduced (though […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

It’s Thursday, September 8, 2016, and it’s World Physical Therapy Day as well as International Date Nut Bread Day (a scrumptious treat) as well as Virgin Mary Day, whatever that is. On this day in history, Michelangelo’s David, which many consider the greatest statue ever made, was unveiled in Piazza della Signoria in Florence (1504); Scotch Tape was first marketed in 1930; and, […]

Talks in the offing

Just in case you want to see Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus), here’s my schedule for the near future. Note that not all of these are finalized, so I’ve indicated which talks are tentative. Oct 7-9:  Pittsburgh, Freedom from Religion Foundation Convention, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I talk on Saturday, October 8, at 4 p.m. Oct 14-15. Chicago. My student […]

Attendance at the Ark Park: sparse or not?

Reader Erik Wiseman is a Good Boy: in response to my Sept. 2 post showing a near-empty parking lot at the Ark Park on the first week (but 30 minutes before opening), he found a drone film of Arkapalooza during business hours, and posted the first video below in a comment. I have no idea who actually sent […]

My WaPo review of Tom Wolfe’s new book: “The Kingdom of Speech”, and some background

The reason I’ve been writing about other people’s reviews of Tom Wolfe’s new book The Kingdom of Speech is because I wrote a review of it for The Washington Post a month ago, and it’s just now online as “His white suit unsullied by research, Tom Wolfe tries to take down Charles Darwin and Noam Chomsky.” I […]

NBC News tacitly accepts Heaven

I thought it was great when tonight’s substitute anchorperson on NBC News, Savannah Guthrie, said that the last segment would be about Gene Wilder, who died today of Alzheimer’s. I looked forward to seeing some of his old film clips again, and hearing about his career. And I did. But then Guthrie said something that rankled. […]

Krauss reacts to the Templeton-funded “Science and religion” project at Arizona State

This morning I posted about the Think Write Publish “Science and religion” project at Arizona State University (ASU), which is funded by the John Templeton Foundation —apparently to the tune of a few hundred thousand bucks. The project’s explicit aim is to show the public that science and religion are compatible, and the Project Leader is Daniel […]

Hillary Clinton and the Citizens United decision

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court decided one of the most contentious cases of our era: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. By a vote split sharply along ideological lines (5-4, with Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito in favor; and liberals Stevens, Ginsberg, Sotomayor and Breyer dissenting), the Court decided that putting limits on corporations […]