If there are any Trump supporters reading this, I urgently advise you, before you read any farther, to place across both knees a large book like Gray’s Anatomy or the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary, because I can guarantee that at some point, your knee will jerk, which could cause you to kick your coffee table over or result in a shoe flying off your foot and through your TV screen. There … you have been warned. (You might also reflexively shout in a Terminator or Robbie-the-Robot voice “Godwin’s Law … Godwin’s Law … Godwin’s Law”, but unless you disturb your neighbors, no harm / no foul.) Why? Because this “Skeptic’s” column is about parallels, which I insist are neither gratuitous nor imaginary nor fictitious, between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. I would also recommend that y
I am writing this late in the evening before Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. But this column is not about Trump. It is about President – as he still is, as this is written – Barack Hussein Obama. It is customary among professional historians to wait a decent interval, usually on the order of at least a generation, before attempting to assess the legacy of any President … or any scientist … or any military leader … or any artist … or any philosopher … or … etc. There are good reasons for this, having to do with avoiding the "tyranny of the recent" by allowing for the growth of some historical perspective. But my purpose is not to assess the legacy of the President. My purpose is to assess the man himself, and delay can dull memories and dim recol
Sometimes I am driven, against my more charitable instincts, to wonder just what it takes for advocates of creationism and intelligent design (ID) to grow an intellectual conscience. I am referring, of course, to people who should know better, in fact, people who have no business not knowing better. The latest example is courtesy of Howard Smith, as cited in a recent issue of David Klinghoffer’s creationist / ID blog EvolutionNews.org. In that blog, Smith – or perhaps Klinghoffer’s citation of Smith’s text – irresponsibly misquotes Prof. Stephen Hawking and misrepresents the Anthropic Principle so as to misinterpret both as lending support to Klinghoffer’s blatantly creationist agenda.
Klinghoffer cites Smith as claiming that Hawking asserted on a TV documentary Reality on the