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Cooperative hunting in groupers and moray eels

Here’s a short video from Nature that isn’t based on a single research paper, but on the continuing work of Redouan Bshary, a biologist in Switzerland who studies interspecific communication and behavior in fish.  The article itself, a summary of Bshary’s work written by Alison Abbott, is called “Animal behaviour: Inside the cunning, caring and greedy minds […]

Swifts reunited

by Matthew Cobb Spring is about to give way to summer in the northern hemisphere, and the swifts are back! My favourite bird, the swift (closely related to the nightjar, don’t you know) arrives in Europe at the beginning of May. They produce one clutch of eggs, and then return to Africa in the middle of August. […]

After the party: what the Yes vote in Ireland means for the Catholic Church and its position on homosexuality

by Grania Spingies Quite a lot of headlines around the world announced that Ireland’s voting for equality by endorsing same-sex marriage last week was the dawn of a new era for the position of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The truth of the matter is that it was really just the most recent and most […]

“No true Christian. . . “: I get email

Here is just one of the several emails I’ve received in the last few days from people who claim that I’m misunderstanding religion. (Surprise!) What the writers invariably mean is that “you’re misunderstanding my religion.” And that is compounded, in the case below, by the person misunderstanding my book, for he seems not to have […]

Lessons from a talk

Yesterday I gave a 45-minute talk on Faith versus Fact at the University Club of Chicago, a ritzy venue akin to a British club. (There is a library, places to eat, and hotel-like rooms for members and their guests.) To its credit, the Club sponsors occasional talks on books. The talk I gave was a modified version of […]

His finest hour. . . .

You think YOU have problems?

Here’s a sad photograph from Piotr Naskrecki’s Facebook page, which you should join as it’s chock full of great photographs. This is one he took in Mozambique. It’s also worth following his website, The Smaller Majority. Piotr’s caption: You think you have problems? Imagine that you have to live with a chicken-sized, blood-sucking parasite attached to […]

Missing reader found

Well, here’s a great present for Book Day. We had a reader go missing from home the other day, someone who regularly reads this website. His family and friends asked me if I’d put up a post requesting that the missing chap check in at home because all were concerned, and hoped that he would see it. I was doubtful it […]

My New Republic piece on trigger warnings

My post of yesterday on the fatuity of trigger warnings has been reworked and has now been published by The New Republic as “Life is triggering. The best literature should be, too.” (Kudos to those who guess the painting at the top.) You might wait a while and then go over to look at it, […]

Canada proposing to use hate crime laws against Israel boycotters

I think today is going to be “Free Speech Day” on this site, as readers have sent me a number of articles about people—mostly liberals and Leftists—favoring the suppression of free speech. Here’s one from Canada, which is rapidly becoming the PC capital of North America. As most readers know, I’m not a fan of the […]


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