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Extremely kind people save a juvenile squirrel in a pickle

Just like the evening news, we here at WEIT like to end the week on an upnote. So here’s our equivalent of NBC’s “Making A Difference.” It’s the rescue of a juvenile squirrel by the British organization Wildlife Aid, which Wikipedia characterizes as “a charity dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and […]

The lonely life of the reclusive okapi

By Matthew Cobb Okapis (Okapia johnstoni) are the closest living relative of the giraffe (their lineages separated about 16 million years ago). They live in the rainforest of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in central Africa. Although their bodies are brown, their legs are striped like a zebra’s. They first became known to science […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Let me first call your attention to Matthew’s post on feathered dinosaurs, which he accidentally posted early this morning, and which preceded this Hili dialogue. It’s my last full day in Cambridge, and, sadly, I return to Chicago tomorrow. This afternoon after work I will have drinkers with Pinkers, and then a podcast recording with Sam Harris […]

Feathered dinosaurs

by Matthew Cobb There are a few people out there who seem to doubt that many dinosaurs had feathers (I’m looking at you Steven Spielberg) and that birds are just one kind of feathered dinosaur that survived the end-Cretaceous mass extinction around 65 million years ago. To settle the question once and for all, here […]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s speech at the American Atheists convention

Here’s Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s keynote address delivered four days ago in Memphis at the American Atheists Convention. It’s a great presentation, largely highlighting the themes of her new book Heretic, which calls for a reform of Islam. The talk is 45 minutes long, followed by about 15 minutes of Q&A. Especially if you haven’t heard […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday: another gray and chilly day in Boston. I must Skype to Singapore this morning, as there’s an evolution class there that has read my book (English is the national language of that country) and wishes to talk to the author. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is again fixated on noms, though I seriously doubt […]

Saturday Night Live parodies Scientology

There’s no doubt which “religion” this video is mocking, and it wouldn’t have been possible fifteen years ago, before it was dangerous to criticize Scientology because you’d either be sued, harassed, or stalked. Such is the power of the Internet! How many references can you get? Do you know the billion-year-contract? Did you see the […]

Your Easter infographic

Reader David sent me this informative infographic (pdf at link) showing all of the many contradictions about the Easter story among the four canonical Gospels. You can click twice (not at once, but waiting after the first click), to enlarge it enough to read, or go to the pdf).  I’m not sure how literalists reconcile these […]

April Fool’s joke

The Chronicle of Higher Education notes a geeky but funny prank pulled off by a professor at Biola Univesity. Biola, you may recall, is an evangelical Christian school in Los Angeles whose present name is an acronym of its former one: The Bible Institute of Los Angeles. It espouses creationism. The Chronicle‘s words are indented: April Fools’ […]

Speaking of chipmunks. . .

This is apparently a rescue chipmunk who happens to love fresh sheets. And who doesn’t? h/t: Ronaldo

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