Happy Mothers’ Day!

  Kevin Frank shared this on Facebook, and it seemed the best thing for me to share for this occasion. Happy mother’s day, whether you are a mother, or celebrating with your mom, or remembering a mother who is no longer present. Everyone can find a reason to celebrate today – whatever you may or [Read More…]

On the Plus Side

A Facebook friend drew this cartoon by Tom Gauld to my attention. This could be a discussion between a professor and their undergraduate student, or between two academic colleagues. There are different kinds of impenetrable language, but I suspect that the aim is often the same: to shield the actual claims (if there are any) [Read More…]

Door to Door Existentialism

Click through to read the rest of this comic strip from Existential Comics. [Read more…]

The Council of Elrond

Lord of the Rings meets philosophy, courtesy of Existential Comics… Click through to see how the story continues… [Read more…]

Do You Renounce Satan?

From┬áBill Bramhall in the New York Daily News. It is symptomatic of the transformation of “faith” into mere assent to propositions, that all kinds of people have said, as part of a baptismal ceremony, that they renounce or reject Satan and all his works. And yet they seem to have given no thought whatsoever to [Read More…]

How Many Unread E-Mails In Your Inbox?

I love this PHD Comic. At this moment I am down to 22 “unread” e-mails. Of course, “unread” often meams marked unread to remind you to revisit them later. Do you do that as well? Do you insist on dealing with all e-mails immediately? Or do you use your inbox as a place not just [Read More…]

Academia Pro and Con

This PHDComic seems to me to sum up the work schedule of academics really well, at least in my experience. On the one hand, there has been an incredible amount of flexibility, inasmuch as the opportunity has in most cases been there┬áto be involved in family activities and/or travel at times when classes were not [Read More…]

Where are the Alien Overlords when you Need Them?

I literally laughed out loud when I reached the end of this SMBC comic. I have been watching Colony, which turned out to have some very interesting religious elements in it. It is a story of alien invasion set in the United States, which raises questions about how we view those who build walls and [Read More…]

Alternative Heaven

From cartoonist Pat Byrnes. Is any further comment necessary? Is it necessary to point out that the substitution of lies in place of truth is itself already diabolical, and the rebranding of lies as though they were merely a variant form of truth is even more so? [Read more…]

Brief Quotes and Simple Explanations

The above cartoon from Abstruse Goose is called “Special Relativity Simply Explained.” But somewhat amusingly, if you download the image, it is called “How to ruin a scientist’s career overnight.” The comic illustrates an important point: a big issue in our time is not merely fake news, but looking to the news at all, even [Read More…]