Archive for June, 2016

Mass murderers: mental illness or extreme ideology? — Why Evolution Is True

June 30, 2016

Anders Breivik is the Norwegian white supremacist who killed 77 of his countrymen in 2011: 8 in a car bomb in Oslo, and then 69 later that day in a worker’s camp on an island. Many of the dead were young people. Before the murders he had written manifestos about his opposition to Muslims in his […]

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Professors hounded by their university for encouraging debate — Why Evolution Is True

June 23, 2016

We all know that some universities, when they espouse an allegiance to free speech and open debate, really mean they want only speech that doesn’t offend anyone, and only want debate about issues that aren’t controversial (but then why have a debate?). Fortunately, that’s not true of all universities—my own is a welcome exception. But […]

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Does moderate religion promote the extremist version? — Why Evolution Is True

June 15, 2016

Again, Betteridge’s law of headlines suggests “no”, but an article in Quillette by Henry Rambow, identified as “a writer and teacher who formerly served as an evangelical missionary in China” argues that yes, moderate religion fuels fundamentalism. Before I summarize Rambow’s piece briefly (and you should read the whole thing), let me recommend Quillette as a […]

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On the denigration of science: Atul Gawande’s commencement address to Caltech — Why Evolution Is True

June 12, 2016

A short while ago, when we were chewing over Siddhartha Mukherjee’s distortions about epigenetics published in The New Yorker, I reproduced an email from a colleague discussing the magazine’s generally absymal and postmodernist take on science—but also singling out one author as an exception: The New Yorker is fine with science that either serves a literary purpose (doctors’ portraits […]

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Jonathan Haidt and the Illiberal Left — Why Evolution Is True

June 3, 2016

by Grania For those of you who have been following the rise and rise of the Illiberal Left and especially the melt-downs on various campuses; this is a heads-up for an interesting discussion on The Rubin Report with Jonathan Haidt. Haidt is a professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University, but […]

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