Panel: “The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919: 100 Years Later,” Wed, March 13, 2019 | GAR 4.100 |2:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

To mark the centenary of one of the worst disease epidemics ever, I will be speaking as part of a panel organized by the Univesity of Texas Institute for Historical Studies. My talk's title: "One Hundred Years Later: Unknowns of the 1918 Flu Epidemic." Here's the poster for the event. Here is the visual aid I'll …

Conference: Human Success: Evolutionary Origins and Ethical Implications

Hugh Desmond has asked me to publicize the following conference at KU Leuven: Whether in terms of geographic range or ecological dominance, the human species seems to be extraordinarily successful. Yet, how should such claims of extraordinary success be understood? What were the causes of this success, and moreover, what are the ethical implications? On …

Worldwide Measles Outbreaks 2019: Update 25 February

This is the first update on the original 18 February post on measles outbreak 2018. Changes have been made for: Chad, Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Madagascar, Philippines, Ukraine, Vietnam. Country Data (Cases and deaths in 2019, unless otherwise stated.) Australia: 11 cases in January in New South Wales according to a government report; 1 …

A Hindu Year 2

The last post was unexpectedly pertinent. Within hours of posting, two women have finally entered the Sabarimala temple according to this report. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that led the priests to shut down the temple for an hour for purification; this report also notes how the allegedly secular Congress party has joined the chorus against the two …

A Hindu Year 1

For India, we start the year with Hindus backed by the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party blocking women from entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala in violation of a Supreme Court judgment. (All the women wanted to do is to worship at the shrine.) This has gone on for months. In response to repeatedly …