Trump’s foolish Bible stunt

My friend Michael Jensen weighs in on the U.S. President’s latest ill-conceived publicity stunt: As someone who proudly owns the name ‘Bible-believing’ Christian, I don’t think I’ve ever been more offended by a political leader than by President Trump’s waving around of the Bible as a stage prop in his pantomime of power. Well, not …

How to have an impossible conversation

Recently I found a review of a book by Peter Boghossian and James A. Lindsay, titled Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide (2019). Here's an excerpt from the review: In our polarised political climate, people on opposite sides of an ideological divide often consume different media, follow different pundits, consult different sources. Since sensationalism sells—colourful …

Some fairy tales may be 6,000 years old

A scene from a classic edition of Jack and the Beanstalk. “Fairy tales are transmitted through language, and the shoots and branches of the Indo-European language tree are well-defined, so the scientists could trace a tale’s history back up the tree—and thus back in time. If both Slavic languages and Celtic languages had a version …