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Why we need to decolonize our thinking on archaeology

Reading Time: 13 minutes In a world of significant scientific illiteracy, it’s easy to point fingers at “the other side”. Religious extremists, and the politicians who leverage them for power, are a serious problem. But what habits have we formed, and what narrative structures exist in our media, that only make things worse? Today I interrogate my own weaknesses, […]

Posted inScience

Can we make science journalism better for everyday readers?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Every person with an active interest in the natural world has their personal bugbear when it comes to the way journalists write about science. Maybe it’s neuroscience. Maybe it’s a common engineering problem. For me, it’s evolution. I cannot stand the way that most mainstream media reports on evolution for the everyday reader. And since […]

Posted inEvolution

Editing the infallible

Reading Time: 3 minutes For nearly a century and a half after the 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species, the Catholic Church did a coy dance with evolutionary theory, deciding at last to accept it in the same way it decided Galileo deserved an apology—glacially and partially. I at least give the Vatican credit for noticing something […]

Posted inBooks

Screwing with Darwin

Reading Time: 14 minutes Charles Darwin wrote a terrific book. Loved it the first time I read it, then read it twice more. And the more I read it, the more I liked it. Just super. Not everyone feels the same about this book. Some were so disturbed by what he wrote that they cut whole passages out before […]

Posted inEvolution

Darwin – friends and foes

Reading Time: 5 minutes When, in 1996 Pope John Paul II – now prancing around Heaven as a saint – said that “fresh knowledge leads to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than just a hypothesis”, Amanda Chesworth, head of an anti-creationist Darwin Day group, pointed out in The Guardian that “at the time, newspapers in […]

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Sam Sorbo: Evolution is Evil Because It Teaches Kids “Slavery and Inequality”

Reading Time: 2 minutes Speaking on the show FlashPoint, which is part of Kenneth Copeland‘s ministry, actress Sam Sorbo (a Christian Nationalist and wife of God’s Not Dead actor Kevin Sorbo) claimed that Christian parents needed to remove their kids from school because, among other things, they’re taught evolution, and “If you’re teaching your child evolution, you’re teaching them […]

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Is ‘survival of the fittest’ a tautology?

Reading Time: 8 minutes I was recently posting about my book series Survival of the Fittest, with the first book, Metamorphosis [UK], detailing a global pandemic that changes its human victims into viral victims who are competing with established humanity for survival. The second book Adaptation lays out the groundwork for a divergence in some groups of the surviving humans, as well as within […]