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Christopher Hitchens leaves us…

An authentic original. An uncompromising independent, roguish and brilliant, and one of the brightest lights in the world today. Christopher Hitchens died Thursday night at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of pneumonia, following his epic battle with cancer. He was 62.

His bestseller God is Not Great is what propelled Hitchens into the public spotlight [...]

Pedantry of the Week

ped·ant·ry

[ped-n-tree]

noun, plural -ries.

1. the character, qualities, practices, etc., of a pedant,especially undue display of learning. 2. slavish attention to rules, details, etc. 3. an instance of being pedantic: the pedantries of modern criticism. We receive a lot of feedback on our shows, which we love. It’s nearly impossible to produce an 80 minute show every week on scientific and technical topics without frequent errors. We have no staff of editors or researchers, and we all have day jobs. So we [...]

1652 Reasons To Love TAM

I arrived home at 2am, throat sore from talking so much for four days straight, lips parched from the dryness of the desert climate, and eyes half-closed from the lack of sleep in Las Vegas and on the flights there and back. I forget how hard it is to deflate from the TAM experience until [...]

And Also On This Date In History…

I hardly need to remind anyone that today is officially America’s Birthday – 235 years old today (or +2 days if you are in the camp that recognizes that the Declaration of Independence actually occurred on July 2, 1776). In any case, July 4th has turned out to be quite a significant date for many other [...]

On This Day In Science And Skepticism

Listeners of The Skeptics’ Guide are well familiar with my fondness for science and skepticism set within the context of history. I would not want to have lived in any other time or place in the past in exchange for the space and time I currently occupy. We are currently at the scientific apex of [...]