News – Rational Thinking

Feeds from sceptic groups, freethinkers and individuals against pseudoscience

  • You won’t believe this weird spider!
    LOL! I used a clickbait headline again! But you really should pay attention to this bizarre arachnid: the pelican spider (also called the “assassin” spider). Note the eyes at the top, the bizarrely formed cephalothorax, and the very long chelicerae (jaws): Photo: Hannah Wood The specimen above, pictured in an article ... (more)
    Source: Why Evolution is TruePublished: 22-01-18By whyevolutionistrue
  • An open letter to Charlotte Allen, an ignorant, evolution-dissing writer
    Dear Ms. Allen, I have become aware of your recent article, “St. Charles Darwin“, in First Things (“America’s most influential journal of religion and public life”). The point of your article appears to be twofold: to defend A. N. Wilson’s execrable hit-piece that masquerades as a book-length biography of Darwin (I reviewed his ... (more)
    Source: Why Evolution is TruePublished: 22-01-18By whyevolutionistrue
  • Why do intellectuals avoid discussing free will and determinism?
    One thing that’s struck me while interacting with various Scholars of Repute is how uncomfortable many get when they have to discuss free will. I’m not talking about Dan Dennett here, as of course he’s a compatibilist and is glad to cross swords with anybody—while admitting sotto voce that yes, ... (more)
    Source: Why Evolution is TruePublished: 22-01-18By whyevolutionistrue
  • Readers’ wildlife photos (and science post!)
    Bruce Lyon, our professor of ecology and evolution at the University of California at Santa Cruz, has sent another installment in his continuing and engrossing series on coots. This counts not only as a photography post, but as a science post, so be sure to read his text (indented), which ... (more)
    Source: Why Evolution is TruePublished: 22-01-18By whyevolutionistrue