Author Archives: whyevolutionistrue

Discussion thread

As I’ve run out of things to say today, I’ll let readers speak, and about any topic on their minds.  If you want something to start with, and you needn’t discuss it, here’s a NYT op-ed calling for Trump to resign before his coronavirus policies continue to kill Americans. Now I’d be delighted if Trump […]

A letter in Nature accuses elite scientific institutions of “systemic racism”

Like many scientific journals and societies, the journal Nature is getting woker, larding its pages with letters and articles that often indict science or STEM for “systemic racism”. One letter, which appeared in Nature three days ago, is of that ilk. While it would be foolish to deny that there are bigots and racists working […]

Peyton, the Philosophical Cat, ca. 2006-2020

by Greg Mayer Peyton, the Philosophical (or Philosophickal) Cat died Wednesday. She was 14-15 years old. Peyton was familiar to WEIT readers, making her first appearance early in WEIT’s history, and her last (save this one) was last Christmas. Peyton had been ill for about a year. The first sign was a behavioral issue—urinating outside […]

Social justice, then and now

UPDATE: Reader Daniel Sharp has a positive review of Cynical Theories in the New English Review. ____________ I’ve now finished Pluckrose’s and Lindsay’s new book, and can recommend it to readers (it has a pretty good position on Amazon though it won’t come out till August 25). Click on screenshot to go to the Amazon site: […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and a photo of animal mourning)

Send in your photos, as my tank is not sufficiently full for my satisfaction. Today’s wildlife photos come from reader Susan Hoffman, whose captions I’ve indented. And we have a special feature at the bottom. More pictures from a 2007 trip to South Africa, this time featuring the stars of Addo Elephant National Park. Most of the […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

Well, we’ve almost made it through July: it’s July 31, 2020, and so on to August. It’s National Cotton Candy Day (I believe it’s called “candy floss’ in the UK), as well as Shredded Wheat Day, National Avocado Day, National Raspberry Cake Day, and National Talk in an Elevator Day (canceled this year). Today’s colorful […]

Pig mourns its friend

All I know about this short video is the information in the title. It’s ineffably sad and makes me tear up. Yes, pigs are intelligent, and can you doubt that this is mourning? How does the pig know that its longtime companion is not just sleeping? That’s above my pay grade, but the video bespeaks […]

Photos of readers

Well, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, and comrades, this is the last “readers’ photos” feature I have. You won’t leave the tank empty, will you? To rectify this dire situation, simply send me a couple of photos of you (preferably in lockdown) with appropriate captions. Today’s reader is David Hughes (I’m always amazed at […]

It’s complicated: WaPo tackles the difficult journalistic issue of racial designation and capitalization

A short while back I highlighted the Associated Press’s (AP) decision to capitalize “Black” but not “white” when referring to ethnic groups, a decision that’s been adopted by, among other papers, the New York Times. The basis for the decision, which I criticized, was this: . . . . .people who are Black have strong […]

New report: Bacteria can remain alive for over 100 million years!

Well cut off my legs and call me Shorty (is that ableist?). A new report in the journal Nature Communications shows that some bacteria can remain dormant for over 100 million years in marine sediments—an unbelievable amount of time for an organism to remain “alive”—if you call it “alive.” I do: after all, the bacteria […]