Jon Stewart’s Extended Interview with Richard Dawkins

In case you missed it, here’s the extended interview with Richard Dawkins from last night’s episode of The Daily Show.

Part One aired on TV (and my response is here), Parts Two and Three are only online.

There’s an awkward moment near the middle of Part Two when Stewart asks Dawkins where he goes where he dies. Dawkins hesitates and Stewart takes the opportunity to chime in, “So you don’t know.” Dawkins eventually responds, but it’s disappointing he didn’t have a pithy one-liner ready to go for that.

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The Universe Verse: The Rhyming Scientific Comic Book That You Know You Want

James Dunbar has been working on a rhyming scientific comic book for several years now. It has resulted in three books — BANG!, It’s Alive!, and Great Apes! — which take us “from the Big Bang to evolution to the dawn of human civilization” and now he wants to combine them all into one high-quality edition he’s calling The Universe Verse.

I want this. I want to have babies just so I can buy this for them.

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See? It’s Not Just Atheists Who Want to Eat Babies

I don’t know what makes people want to do this research, but it’s nice to have a scientific explanation for my desires:

If you’re like most normal people, you’ve briefly considered eating a baby or two.

Why is that, anyway? Why do babies always seem so delicious, even when you’re not particularly hungry? Using brain scanners and pajamas, an international team of scientists is closing in on a answer.

Apparently it has something to do with the way babies smell…

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Mark Joseph Stern and the Conversation He Won’t Have About Circumcision

This is a guest post by Francelle Wax, the producer of American Secret: The Circumcision Agenda, a documentary about the problems with male circumcision.

[Note: Last week, Mark Joseph Stern wrote an article for Slate about how anti-circumcision activists ("Intactivists") are "drowning out reasoned discourse" in the debate. This piece is a rebuttal to that.]

I think that the best way to respond to Mark Joseph Stern’s address is to deal mostly with Mark Joseph Stern and barely at all with his address. Not because I think it generally good practice to go around making internet fights personal, but because I have little patience with someone who is pretending to have the objectivity of a cool academic when he actually harbors an intensely vested interest in arriving at a particular conclusion because the stakes are both so high and so intrinsically personal.

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‘Geek’ Candidate for Texas House of Representatives Speaks Out Against Intelligent Design in Science Textbooks

Brian Boyko is running for Texas State Representative in a Republican-held district and, while that seems like an uphill climb, there are still good reasons to support him. For one, he’s a self-described geek: Also, if you want to donate to his campaign, you have to give a Fibonacci number dollar amount: But here’s the [Read More...]


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