Monthly Archives: June 2022

Evolution, Culture Wars, and Science Fiction

Jerry Coyne, 29 Jun 2022: Once again: A misguided article on why the theory of evolution is obsolete This discusses an article in the UK newspaper Guardian, Do we need a new theory of evolution?, by Stephen Buranyi, which uses … Continue reading

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LQCs: Foley Unreality and Fist Fights

The New Yorker, Anna Wiener, 27 Jun 2022: The Weird, Analog Delights of Foley Sound Effects Subtitled: “E.T. was jello in a T-shirt. The Mummy was scratchy potpourri. For Foley artists, deception is an essential part of the enterprise.”

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LQCs: Christian Extremism

NYT, Paul Krugman, 27 Jun 2022: Why Did Republicans Become So Extreme?

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LQCs: SCOTUS: Christian Proselytizing Is Fine

CNN, 27 Jun 2022: Supreme Court further erodes separation between church and state in case of praying football coach No surprise here; the current SCOTUS has been consistently favoring religious interests in every possible circumstance. At least Christian ones! Plus, … Continue reading

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LQCs: The Moral Arc Is Bending Backwards

A couple of these items today echo points I’ve made in recent days.

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LQCs: Conservatives Anchoring Us to the Past

How the Supreme Court decision about Roe v Wade suggests that no laws can be made about anything that was not recognized as an issue two or three centuries ago. The US is forever anchored to past standards, it seems. … Continue reading

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LQCs: Constraining Rights

As I’ve observed before, conservatives, especially the Christian ones, seem to be about constraining rights (for others) and expanding rights (for themselves), while liberals are about expanding rights for everyone to the extent they don’t conflict with each other. Why … Continue reading

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LQCs: Wrong About Everything

Texas, climate change, gays, guns, Christians

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Ed Yong’s New Book

Another quick post. Ed Yong, the science writer, has a new book out today — in fact my copy is running late, and will be delivered tomorrow — called An Immense World — about how animals perceive the world much … Continue reading

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Port of Oakland

We did a walk yesterday along a path by the Port of Oakland, along the backside of all those huge gantries that are seen from all across the bay, but especially from the Bay Bridge. (Expand the pic, and you … Continue reading

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