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Book Review: Blasphemy by Alan Dershowitz

Published in 2007, Blasphemy was written to counteract the common religious conservative claim that America was founded on Judeo-Christian values. A highly controversial topic, not to mention this is one of the many, many books written to defend the secular side of the debate, this was the first I had read on the topic and […]

The Pursuit of Equity Vs. the Pursuit of Happiness

Fundamentalism can be defined as nostalgia for a world that never existed. What then is this belief in a future utopia in which “equity” is promised, especially since it will likewise remain elusive? It is difficult to pin down who coined this phrase, but here is an example of equity versus equal opportunity: Equality gives […]

Book Review: The War on the West by Douglas Murray

The War on the West by Douglas Murray. This is, as far as I know, the eighth book by the author. If you’re familiar with Murray, then you’d know he’s been the subject of a lot of controversy, focusing on topics such as Islam, immigration, transgender ideology, and, most recently, his support of Ukraine. I […]

With Richard Dawkins in the Galapagos Islands, Part Six: Day Three, Fernandina

           On Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, we visited Fernandina, one of the youngest of the islands. We walked on the smooth and roping Pahoehoe lava, which emerges from the volcano as a liquid or close to it, en route inland to see the sharper A’a lava, which emerges less liquidy and […]

With Richard Dawkins in the Galapagos Islands, Part Five: Videos and Lectures

Each morning and each afternoon, the naturalists on our ship ferried us on pangas to explore the islands. Being at the equator, it was too hot and bright to be outside at noon. We would eat lunch, have some free time, and enjoy a presentation. On this day, Richard Dawkins presented reactions he had received […]

With Richard Dawkins in the Galapagos Islands: Part Four – Day Two, Española

The next morning we were up at 6 a.m. to see Española (Hood) Island at Punta Suarez. The guide for our group was Grace. Animals spotted: Sea lions, blue-footed boobies, red-headed (lava) lizards, mockingbirds, pink iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, albatrosses, gulls, Nazca boobies, heron, Galápagos doves in the rocks on the path, and finches – […]