Cheddar Man and the Language of Race/ism

Last week it was revealed that Cheddar Man – the best preserved of the earliest skeletons found in the British Isles whose remains lay in the caves at Cheddar, Somerset until exhumation in the 20th century, had dark skin. This raised one of three responses from most people, not all of them pretty.

Book Review: The Language of the Genes by Steve Jones

Biologist Doctor Steve Jones is slightly less famous than Richard Dawkins. I know this because he pointed that fact out at Uncaged Monkeys, the national tour of The Infinite Monkey Cage that he is “the biologist the media calls in when Dawkins is not available”. This event also featured Brian Cox and Ben Goldacre. Comparison’sContinue reading “Book Review: The Language of the Genes by Steve Jones”

My Favourite Karl Popper Quotes

A rare instance of me doing Post A Day, but seeing this post today, and I immediately had a writer in mind. For those who don’t know, Karl Popper is one of the most famous philosophers of science. He was also an astute analyst and a master of words. Here are some of my favouriteContinue reading “My Favourite Karl Popper Quotes”

Book Review: The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

And finally I have got around to reading Dawkins’ best-known and seminal work of popular science. Even now, nearly forty years after it’s initial publication (I read the 30th anniversary edition) it is still a heated subject of discussion in academic and popular science circles, the ideas it presents are considered ground-breaking, presenting one aspectContinue reading “Book Review: The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins”

Book Review: Paranormality by Richard Wiseman

There are many books on the paranormal, horoscopes, mediums, NDEs, OBEs, haunted houses and other such areas that make us think that there is something going on in the world that science cannot explain. On the other side there are many citing scientific evidence that it is, really, just a load of old rubbish (whichContinue reading “Book Review: Paranormality by Richard Wiseman”

Book Review: The Incredible Human Journey by Dr Alice Roberts

You can’t help but like Dr Alice Roberts. Though best known as a co-presenter on the BBC series Coast, she has been involved in a number of other TV projects of which this was the most noteworthy. We appreciate her for the passion for her subject, her infectious smile and childlike excitement as well asContinue reading “Book Review: The Incredible Human Journey by Dr Alice Roberts”