Consilience – Episode #63: Toenails for Rhinos, Grass-eating Hominins and Monogamy Hormones

Pictured: rhino horn

The 63rd episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (20mb) and the file’s page on is here.


Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

  1. 1765 – Birth of Robert Fulton Jr, American inventor.


  1. Leo Igwe appointed JREF fellow.


  1. Top Ten Higgs Boson Facts


  1. SA film-maker launches campaign to substitute rhino horn with human toenail clippings.
  2. Our ancestors took to eating grass earlier than previously thought.
  3. Exposure to oxytocin causes partnered men to back away from other hot chicks.

Sci-fi/Fantasy Quote

“The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.” Chapter 1, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980) – by Douglas Adams


  1. Durban
    1. Sceptics in the Pub – Thursday 15th November, 18:00. Pizetta
  2. Pretoria
    1. Sceptics in the Pub – Saturday 17th November, 12:30. Venue to be decided.
  3. Johannesburg
    1. Sceptics in the Park – Sunday 18th November, 13:00. Johannesburg Botanical Garden, Emmerentia
    2. Rumble in the Pub – Thursday 22nd November, 18:30. Venue to be advised.
  4. West Rand
    1. Sceptics in the Pub – Wednesday 21st November, 19:00. Green & Gold Pub, Roodepoort

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Link of the Week

Patrick: The Religion of Peace – Attacks

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