Massimo Pigliucci is a professor of Ecology and Evolution, a well-known proponent of science education, a strong opponent of Creationism, and just an all-around good guy.
(He even answered my random, obscure questions about evolution — and made sense while doing it! — at a bar one night during last year’s American Atheists convention. Not many people have both the knowledge and willingness to do that.)
Before he began his website, Rationally Speaking, he used to write columns under the same name.
Why give away all this work for free?
I’m lucky enough to be able to spend most of my active adult life pursuing science and philosophy as a profession, and I owe this privilege to the tax payers who contribute to my salary and, equally important, to the research grants I need to keep my laboratory going. I don’t think it’s too much to ask to give something back in the form of writings and public lectures that attempt to engage that same public, not only to explain why supporting science and universities is worthwhile, but more broadly to better the critical thinking abilities of our citizens.
I hope, therefore, that you will enjoy these essays in the spirit they were written. Some are obviously dated by the events (but always make broader points that transcend the specific examples), many are meant to be controversial, all — I hope — will provide good food for thinking and further discussion.
Enjoy! This will make for some wonderful weekend reading.