Healthy (and humorous) skepticism.

February 12th, 2007

Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer is the founder of Skeptic magazine and the author of several books. He’s quoted often in Dawkins’ The God Delusion. He’s also rather a nice chap. I know this because a few years ago he was cycling high up in the Tuscan hills above Cortona and had a puncture, and I happened to pass by and give him a lift down to his hotel, so got a chance to chat to him.

OK – enough name-dropping. The point of this post is that he gave a splendid talk at TED, which is great fun and definitely well worth 17 mins of your time. You can watch it or download a higher-resolution version here.

Reach, Burwell and Swaffham Prior

February 12th, 2007

I went for a delightful walk yesterday evening, to the north-east of Cambridge.

sheep

pylons

St Mary's, Burwell

The Devil's Dyke, near Reach

The Red Lion, Swaffham Prior

Between Swaffham Prior and Reach

The Dyke's End pub at Reach