Animal Language for Dummies

A conversation with a friend on Monday sparked some thinking about animal communication – and as serendipity does sometimes come into play, it so happens that in Philosophical Foundations today the subject of Alex the talking parrot came up. There’s this parrot, you see, that can identify things by category. He’s learned to say tens…

Statistics 4 U

If we have to have a core curriculum in university, we’re definitely choosing the wrong subjects to emphasize. For example, I think a basic survey course in statistics would be more useful to most undergrads than the course I currently have to teach to earn my keep around here. The public is shockingly ignorant of…

Turning Jewish

Standing in line to buy coffee today, I found myself behind an increasingly common form of annoyance: the “bumper sticker gay.” Buttons on the girl’s backpack included “OUT and proud of it!,” “God loves me, just ask her” and (my fav) “Vagina Friendly.” I’m always interested in why people feel the need to wear their…