Richard Dawkins deplatformed at a book talk in Berkeley for “abusive speech” about Islam on Twitter

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
Richard Dawkins was supposed to speak at this event in Berkeley on August 9: a talk about his new book, Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Atheist. As you see, the talk has been canceled. But why? You can guess. The talk was to be sponsored…

The complex evolution of the big cats

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
A new paper in Science Advances by Henrique V. Figueiró et al. (reference below, free download with legal UnPaywall app) resolves the contested phylogeny (family tree) of five big cat species: lion, leopard, jaguar, snow leopard, and tiger. In so doing, the researchers uncovered some interesting evolutionary history. Previously,…

This is the document that says Australia’s Deputy PM has dual citizenship…

Originally posted on William Summers:
The bizarre Section 44 controversy has already claimed a few victims and there will no doubt be more to come. One name that has been surprisingly absent from the discussion – until today – is that of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, whose father was from New Zealand. After I…

Salvation Army Fullarton Girls’ Home: (Or: Are Your Hands Clean?)

Originally posted on lewisblayse.net:
The Fullarton Girls’ Home (pictured above) was run by the Salvation Army from 1912 to 1987, under funding and control by the South Australian Government. It was unusual in that about 15-20% of inmates were Indigenous girls, many taken away from their families under the “Stolen Generation” policy. A report…

Start Up: Clifford Stoll got it right, swiping in iOS 11, ARKit!, Microsoft v Fancy Bear, and more

Originally posted on The Overspill: when there's more that I want to say:
Does this look like a promising avenue for a hack to you? Photo by haleyhughes on Flickr. You can now sign up to receive each day’s Start Up post by email. You’ll need to click a confirmation link, so no spam.…

How to answer the Sye-clone: Wittgenstein’s transcendental argument

Originally posted on UseOfReason:
0. Introduction In a previous post, I have talked about transcendental arguments as used in philosophy. I briefly mentioned one such argument found in an aphoristic comment in Wittgenstein’s book, On Certainty. In this post, I am going explain a plausible argument which can be extracted from Wittgenstein’s aphorism. Specifically, I…