St. Valentine and Darwin: A Tale of Two Carls

Carl Buell, Carl Zimmer. Do you know the names? Buell is the renowned natural history illustrator, Zimmer is the well-known science writer. Buell's name just popped up all over the world in relation to Darwin Day, Zimmer's makes a splash this week on the cover of Time Magazine. I hope Darwin enthusiast Colin Purrington will forgive me for quoting pretty much an entire page on his website, but he explains the Buell-Darwin connection so well I just couldn't do it better:  … [Read more...]

Jeez, I Looked Like THAT??

Good news! Well, for me, anyway. I've been invited to do an article for American Atheist Magazine. I just submitted it today, for the March issue. Part of the thing was a couple of photos I had to send along. Since the piece is about my recent "atheist deals with death" experience, and speaks of my cowboy Dad, the pics were of me and said Dad. Most of my life, I actually thought I was rather homely, but looking at this pic from 1975, I'm like "Hey, this kid is handsome! That's ME??" … [Read more...]

Hey, It’s An Imperfect World (Sorry, L.Ron)

I'm a long way from the planning table here at FtB. I'm pretty sure Ed Brayton and PZ Myers have a Master Planner's Lair somewhere, which has a huge hot tub, beer bar and poker table, where the World Domination plans proceed. Pictured above is the Soundproof Lair for Concealing Maniacal Laughter. I like to think the whole complex is in Scotland somewhere, probably underground, and they get there by Opening a Way into the Never-Never. I suspect Ian Cromwell, Daniel Fincke and certain others get … [Read more...]

About that Cure …

Just wanted to follow up on my post of a few days ago. I still feel a little bit bad about the headline, "Hurrah! Cure for Alzheimer's Discovered!" I intended it to be funny, sort of a reflection of common practice in science reporting. This does it better:   … [Read more...]