A Raven teaches a lesson on death before the Fall

Science is like a blabbermouth who ruins the movie by telling you how it ends. Well, I say there are some things we don’t want to know. Important things. Ned Flanders. The Simpsons Episode: Lisa the Skeptic.

Today on the way to the UN I was attacked by a Raven. I found this fairly . . . → Read More: A Raven teaches a lesson on death before the Fall

Pre-Adamic Horse Science

At about 35,000 years ago a young human (pre-Adam I think we can suppose), whether male or female we don’t have any idea, sketched in charcoal the life stages of wild horses in the Grotte Chauvet cave in France. We know the person was young because they left their footprints in the soft clay . . . → Read More: Pre-Adamic Horse Science

A little more on truth

Warden: He drew a unicorn in space. I ask ya, what’s it breathing? Homer: Air? Warden: Ain’t no air in space. Homer: There’s an Air & Space Museum

What does it mean to live a rational life? (as if I’d know) Let’s start with an extreme example. Clifford’s Principle states that it is wrong . . . → Read More: A little more on truth

Tsetse flies

I’m doing a sabbatical in Vienna to try and understand how best tsetse flies can be controlled. Why? They cause Nanga in cattle, and sleeping sickness in humans. Cattle in Africa are used not only for food and milk, but they also provide the labor necessary to grow crops. . . . → Read More: Tsetse flies

Dispatch from Addis

So what’s it like to be a scientist? Some people think that we live a life of fun and ease. Not so!  Let me walk you through a typical day. While, of course not every scientist’s day is like this, most scientists would agree that their day was something . . . → Read More: Dispatch from Addis

My Madness

So about six years ago after picking up a bacterial brain disease while doing research in Vietnam I went insane. In the just released issue of Dialogue – A Journal of Mormon Thought, I describe what this was like. Most people who know me agree that I never recovered and am still quite mad. Actually, for all . . . → Read More: My Madness

Alien Abduction or How Science Reasons

“Ah. I understand the source of your misperception, but this is not sleepwear, and I do not have a ‘missus.’” — Data to Jack London (Time’s Arrow, Part ?)


The fancy word . . . → Read More: Alien Abduction or How Science Reasons

Darwinism’s Bad Company



Evolution gets blamed for a lot of things. Guilt by association as they say. It has occasionally run with an unseemly crowd. Shortly after Darwin died (a good family man–the epitome of Victorian stability and propriety), his . . . → Read More: Darwinism’s Bad Company

Oh, Say what is Truth–OK! I will

The truth is usually just an excuse for a lack of imagination. — Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Garak (episode-Improbable Cause).


 What is truth? And how do we get at it? And why do I have it and . . . → Read More: Oh, Say what is Truth–OK! I will