Category Archives: WEIT

Video series of WEIT (Chapter 1)

Treat Paine Metcalf of MassComprehension is producing a series of online videos using the words from Chapter 1 of Why Evolution is True. Part 3 has just come out, and two more videos remain. (No other chapters will be done). Here’s the latest, and you can find all three at this link. This is part […]

Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) on The Rubin Report

Eight days ago, I did a taping of The Rubin Report in Los Angeles, and had a great time. I told Dave beforehand that I wasn’t all that politically astute, and might want to talk more about evolution than politics, which is what we wound up doing. It was a pleasant and relaxed conversation, and I think […]

How not to write a comment on this site

Re this morning’s discussion of grammar and words that irk the readers, the number of comments surprised me. Note, though, that my post was mainly about usages that disturb me and my readers, not whether they are taken by grammarians as correct. Ergo lots of people corrected me about the use of the word “hopefully” to mean […]

WEIT joins Oxford’s “Landmark Science” series

I haven’t rewritten WEIT, and, sadly, didn’t have time to write a new foreword to the book, but it’s just joined the Oxford University Press’s “Landmark Science” Series, acquiring a spiffy new cover (the design of all the covers is similar): Here’s a complete list: Daniel Nettle: Personality Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene Dawkins: The Extended Phenotype […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have a diversity of fauna (and flora) today. We’ll begin with a lovely photograph by Stephen Barnard: a honeybee (Apis sp.) in flight over a Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata): Reader Leo Glenn, who identifies himself as “the staff of Baxter and Gremlin”, has a caterpillar: As you just posted a reader’s (Matthew Rave) […]

WEIT turned into videos

The MassComrehension site has begun making videos of WEIT, which I think is a distillation of my words from the book.  There are two videos put up so far at the WEIT Videobook site.  The makers are eager for feeback, so if you’ve watched either or both of these, please put your comments below. Part I: […]

The world’s smallest copy of WEIT

I defy any other writer on evolution to have their book presented in this way! In a comment on a recent open thread, reader Mark R. said this: I like to build dioramas, and last week I finally published my latest that features the smallest WEIT in the world. It’s on top of the gear-pile […]

WEIT book price escalates even moar (plus answers to “Name the apologist” contest)

I’m very pleased to see that the price of the autographed and Houle-illuminated copy of WEIT has gone even higher: it’s over $4K, and there’s still a week to go: Meanwhile, over at Sean Carroll’s site, Preposterous Universe, various sourpusses (sourpodes?) predicted it wouldn’t sell for much: as one of them said, “I’m going to […]

Website upgrade and other matters

If you look to the right of this site’s main page, you’ll see that the links have been revamped, to reflect my new book. (The name of the website will, of course, stay the same.)  The margin now looks like this: (Thanks again to Kalliopi Monoyios for doing this update; I’m completely useless at website design.) A […]

Website tweaking

Or, as the signs say, “A temporary inconvenience—a permanent improvement.” Actually, I don’t think there will be any inconvenience, but I wanted to let people know that we (and by “we,” I mean Kalliopi “Kapi” Monoyios, the artist who designed this website, illustrated both WEIT and Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish, and co-runs Symbiartic,  a scientific-illustration website at […]