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Note on WordPress glitch and black cat photos

I haven’t yet heard from WordPress about this issue, but I continue to receive a large number of comments from readers called “Anonymous,” who have no information with their comments. Apparently something’s happened so that readers can no longer count on all their devices to automatically enter their names and email addresses into their comments. So, when […]

A tenet of nonbelief

Matthew Cobb sent me this tw**t that pretty much emphasizes a tenet of atheism: make the most of your life in the here and now, for you ain’t going anywhere after you die. Love the sentiment on this tombstone. #Words2LiveBy — Lindsey Fitzharris (@DrLindseyFitz) October 21, 2015 One of my other favorite anecdotes about our […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Jihadism

The lastest Jesus and Mo strip, “Prey” came to me by email with one extra line: Have I mentioned what a dreadful book the Koran is? I can’t remember. If you haven’t read the Qur’an, or looked into it, you should. Of course adherents claim that one can’t fully grasp its nuances without a reading […]

Trump, Carson still leading GOP pack

We have more good news from the USA, for it presages a Republican defeat a year from now. Donald Trump and Ben Carson, a pair of future losers if ever there was one, are still way ahead of all the other GOP candidates. My CNN newsfeed sent me this: Donald Trump and Ben Carson now […]

Was Darwin lactose-intolerant?

by Matthew Cobb The other week I gave a talk at the Ilkley Literature Festival, about my book Life’s Greatest Secret. It was a great event – although traffic problems meant I was slightly late, despite setting off with 45 minutes leeway – and was sold out! Ilkley is a lovely town in Yorkshire, surrounded […]

Molly Worthen defends the traditional college lecture

We all hear that traditional college lectures are on the way out. I don’t know the facts, but I’m told that they’re not nearly as “educational” as “active learning” experiences, in which students use computers or teach each other, or as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), in which a professor lectures online and the students take […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

When I was in Dobrzyn this time, I noticed a small and unprepossessing shack labeled “Al Capone’s Pizza.” It’s the only takeout joint in Dobrzyn. (Apart from that the town has only one restaurant, and believe me, you wouldn’t want to go in, as it’s full of sullen, thuglike men drinking vodka. I did not […]

The Agnostic?

I think I’m suffering from Congenital Comic Blindness, as I seem unable to fully grasp the humor in religion-related cartoons (or even understand them), while readers don’t appear to have that problem. Several readers sent me today’s Non Sequitur strip by Wiley Miller, and I’m not quite sure why it’s funny. I submit it for the readers’ […]

How do we use DNA to make evolutionary trees?

by Matthew Cobb The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has created a fantastic little set of slides to help everyone – students, the lay-person – understand how we make what are called ‘phylogenetic’ trees from DNA data. These trees show the patterns of relatedness between organisms, and have changed the way we understand the tree of life. […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

I’m leaving for Warsaw at about noon today, and, after spending the night at the airport hotel, will fly to Stockholm tomorrow. But never fear—the Hili dialogues will continue. It’s a sad parting from Dobrzyn, but I’ll be back. Here’s today’s dialogue; Hili again shows her characteristic mixture of affection and solipsism: Jerry: Time to say goodbye. […]


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