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Trapped in a 21st Century mindset

Trapped in a 21st Century mindset

I know that some people will howl at the title yesterday’s blog post. It comes from a line by Adam Rutherford in The Cell, where I think he said someone was incapable of making a cognitive leap in understanding the cell because they were ‘trapped in a 17th...
Trapped in a 15th Century mindset

Trapped in a 15th Century mindset

Valicha was a small girl again, back in the days before she left for the grand city, playing in her village. She ran laughing between the houses, chasing her younger brother. Suddenly she crashed into the legs of her father. Normally he came home with the setting sun,...

Why other histories matter

Photo Lupinare III (cc) Nick in exsilio. I have an interest in ancient prostitution. It’s not what I’d call a guilty pleasure, because when you read about the miserable lives the women had it’s hardly pleasure, but there is plenty of guilt. I...

Does religion diminish our humanity?

I’m sure that Richard Feynman or Richard Dawkins have said something similar and said it better. Ophelia Benson certainly can. I wrote this on June 28, and when I checked Butterflies and Wheels the next day she had an entry on the morality of preachers. One of the...