Happy Birthday, Charles!

Almost 160 years after Charles Darwin publicized his groundbreaking theory on the development of life, Americans are still arguing about evolution. In spite of the fact that evolutionary theory is accepted by all but a small number of scientists, it continues to be rejected by many Americans. In fact, about one-in-five U.S. adults reject the basic idea that life on Earth has evolved at all. And roughly half of the U.S. adult population accepts evolutionary theory, but only as an instrument of God’s will.

NEW EVOLUTION SURVEY SHOWS THAT WHILST THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN UK AND CANADA ACCEPT EVOLUTIONARY SCIENCE, NON-RELIGIOUS AND ATHEIST INDIVIDUALS SHOW SIMILAR DOUBTS ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF HUMANS AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS AS RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL INDIVIDUALS.

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Review of WARLIGHT

Two personal notes before writing about the book: first, I want to say it is a beautifully written, often heartbreaking work that should be read slowly with pauses to consider and think about the overwhelming emotional response created by the beautiful construction and words of the book; and second, I remember warmly the evening long ago when Michael Ondaatje gave a reading at Malaspina University- College in Nanaimo, BC,  and then joined a few of us at my home for discussion and refreshments. He made a lasting impression on our teenaged daughter as a few of us sat on the floor and discussed his reading and importantly – legumes! I do not remember why legumes, but our daughter remembers the legume discussion and confirmed my recollection.

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SS: YouTube and philosophy

The Atlantic article!

Wikipedia reports:
Natalie Wynn is an American YouTube personality and director who specializes in comedic and educational videos about gender, race, politics, philosophy, and social justice on her channel named ContraPoints. Wynn’s videos have been praised for their use of lighting, costume, and nuanced, ironic sense of humour. Wikipedia


This is the subtle difference between Wynn and many of her prominent YouTube counterparts on the right—the ones who summon their opponents to the arena of debate, hungry for victory and for the cheers of their supporters. Contra does her makeup, dons her pearls, and invites her opponents and her viewers into the parlor for cocktails and conversation. The talk isn’t quite a heart-to-heart. Contra’s burns are scorching, her satire precise, and many of her arguments reduce her opponents’ positions to rubble. But somehow, when she does it, the effect is humanizing rather than bullying. She’s flirting, not fighting.