Don Quixote and Sancho, painted by Alexandre Decamps.

Cervantes and the Censors

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) is generally credited with writing the first modern novel, his famous Don Quixote. The story of the addle-brained old gentleman who decides to become a knight and recruits his gullible neighbour as his squire has appealed to the imaginations of generations of readers ever since it was published over 400
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Doubt-Mongering and the Misrepresentation of Science

Earlier this year, James Powell produced a new version of his telling pie-chart about global warming consensus. For the first version he reviewed the body of peer-reviewed literature from 1991 through 2012 about global warming, to see whether there was any consensus among the scientific community on the matter. He was driven to this experiment
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Science after the Zombie Apocalypse

It is generally assumed that, once the zombie apocalypse hits, our societies will crumble into anarchy; and that those who survive the initial panic will be reduced to fighting for their bare necessities. We will be scavenging for food and supplies, and fending off the undead hordes and the darkest excesses of human nature, which
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