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Notre-Dame, Paris: History, Two Cults and a Fire

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has survived Louis XIV-style redecorating, the French Revolution, Napoleon and 19th-century remodeling. I’m pretty sure it will survive repair and reconstruction, following the April 16, 2021, fire. Notre-Dame de Paris is Burning (From Getty … Continue reading

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Remembering 9/11: Death, Daft Ideas and a Tree

These days, September 11th is mostly remembered as the date of the 9/11 attacks. But that’s not the only ‘on this day in history’ incident from my country’s history. The Halve Maen, for example, a Dutch East India Company vlieboot, … Continue reading

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Evolution: Science, Religion, Opinions and Me

The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research has learned that more than half of all Americans think evolution is real. Seems that 2016 was the tipping point. That’s when my country, on average, decided to step into the late … Continue reading

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Secondary Causes: Both/And, not Either/Or

How the Grand Canyon was formed depends on who’s talking. Scientists say it’s what happened as a river cut through the Colorado Plateau. Since I think scientists are right about the Colorado River’s role in making that mile-deep gulch, and … Continue reading

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