I’ve been in Cambridge. Such a remarkable city steeped in history.
Just a random bin. It’s such a remarkable town.
Darwin's room at Christ's Church College Cambridge.
Holding an Isaac Newton’s Nice’n’Spicy Nik Naks in the Wren Library at Trinity College Cambridge.
Sir Christopher Wren's great library Trinity College Cambridge. Beauty and grandeur everywhere here.
A bicycle on Bateman St, where James Watson did a racism.
And finally, Cambridge King's College dining room. Remarkable.

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22 Oct
Because I have written about the Great Gatsby and because I love it, I thought I’d finally give the recent film a crack.

I think it might be the single shittest thing I’ve ever seen, and resembles the book in the same way that vomitus resembles a delicious meal.
It’s as if it’s been written by someone who overheard someone talking about the book, and then tried to write it down whilst coked off their balls.
I am transfixed by its shitness. Paralysed by turditude. The inexhaustible variety of manballs.
Read 7 tweets
8 Oct
Right then chums, as well as a new series of Rutherford and @FryRsquared on Radio 4, we also have a new book out this week, crammed full of stories, about how humans invented science to bypass our natural physical and psychological limits. 🧵bit.ly/3oLa82Q
Here’s a quickie: we talk about confirmation bias – my own that I always look at the clock at 11.38, and @FryRsquared that she has a magic orchid that reflects her successes and failures, like in E.T. ‘There’s a sucker born every minute’ as PT Barnum once said. Hannah Fry, left.
@FryRsquared EXCEPT he never said it at all. In upstate New York farm, in 1869, the petrified body of a 10-foot-tall fossilised remains of an ancient Native American were discovered and soon became a huge scientific and tourist attraction.
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23 Sep
It appears that I wrote this week’s editorial in @ScienceMagazine, on eugenics, and the centenary of the 2nd International Eugenics Congress.

It was a meeting of ghouls and scientists, Davenport, Laughlin and Madison Grant, alongside RA Fisher and Sewall Wright, and shows how close the emerging study of heredity was with the political ideology of eugenics science.org/doi/pdf/10.112…
And some more context, including the role of @ScienceMagazine in the promotion of eugenics at the time (which was fairly typical)

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8 Sep
This thing of utter beauty has arrived. And it has a reading ribbon! @FryRsquared
And pictures! By @theAliceRoberts
And I love reading the index. Where else do you get Luke Skywalker next to the Skraeling? Or Dwayne Johnson, Jesse (my whippet) and Jesus?
Read 4 tweets
31 Aug
Thanks to everyone flagging up Lionel Shriver’s piece in the Spectator. I have read it, and it is very unsophisticated Replacement Theory, and lands straightforward far-right conspiracy theory talking points which haven’t changed in more than a century.
These ideas, robustly present by racists such as Madison Grant and Lothrop Stoddart in the 1st decades of the 20th century formed the ideological basis for eugenics policies in the US, and later in Nazi Germany. Hitler cited Grant’s work as ‘his Bible’.
Shriver’s piece echoes these sentiments very specifically. She is biologically and historically illiterate on this matter. Her words are very specifically reminiscent of those of Tom Buchanan in Gatsby too:
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24 Aug
Because I believe bay leaves to be a fiction, and people who use them are bay shills, in the pocket of Big Bay, I am conducting a blinded Bolognese experiment. Results as and when they happen. #Science
For the new followers, this, plus film stuff, comics, lots of genetics, eugenics and race pseudoscience, dog pics and general snark on grifters, is fairly typical twitter.
Poll: Bay leaves are
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