Today is Hastings Day. The Battle of Hastings, arguably the most decisive battle in world history, was fought 955 years ago today, on October 14, 1066. Here’s the annual celebratory post: I promised my brother, the historian, that I would celebrate it appropriately. According to him, and he knows these things, it was long the […]
The main topic of reflection this morning was the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. One of us is from Texas. One of us has family in Dayton. It always feels close to home to me, but this was perhaps even closer than usual. They came up in thinking about the ancient world and […]
I have started taking an online course on the psychology of climate science denial, which I found out about at skepticalscience.com thanks to a report in Reason and Existenz. It’s a MOOC – a mass open online course – which I understand is probably familiar to others, but is brand new to me. Tremendously exciting!