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Monthly Archive: April 2011

Apr 17 2011

Tickling a Penguin

Because today is a day to recover from yesterday and prepare for tomorrow, not a day to get into more rants or serious topics, may I present, for your enjoyment, a baby penguin getting tickled. (Warning: noisy.) Via Jason, who would like to see this go viral.

Apr 16 2011

Saturday Storytime: All Cats Are Gray

I was ten. I was still terrified of what might be hidden under the bed or in the closet or anywhere else that made hiding easy. What I knew of the world that didn’t hide from the light was bad enough. What concealed itself must be worse. I was in my bedroom. Somewhere outside of …

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Apr 15 2011

Is This a Bad Day?

Yesterday morning, I left for work dressed for the temperature, not the windchill. Since I walk to work, this makes a difference. At one point, I thought, This is stupid. If I had to do anything more than walk a mile and a half, like stop walking at some point, being dressed like this would …

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Apr 14 2011

Storm

Because there are a few people who read this blog who wouldn’t find this any other way. And really, that would be a shame.

Apr 12 2011

Skepticism Is a “How,” Not a “Who”

On Thursday, I noted the attempt of certain proponents of evolutionary psychology (specifically that dealing with matters of gender and sexuality) to position themselves as skeptics resisting the dogmatic pressures of societal group think. I contrasted that with actual, procedural analysis of evolutionary psychology practices and claims. I also documented how one set of researchers …

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Apr 11 2011

Context Is Everything

Along one of the streets in downtown Minneapolis, there is an ad on a bus kiosk. It wants people to support concrete as a paving decision. Looking to the right, it’s certainly easy to see potholes. In concrete. Next time, they might want to consider just where they want their ads to appear. Oops.

Apr 09 2011

Saturday Storytime: Fragments of a Painted Eggshell

Alexander Jablokov writes fiction that is…odd. That’s a compliment. Futuristic science fiction is supposed to be odd, in ways you don’t quite expect. An excerpt: “But she’d be someone else then. Not Rue.” “Contrary to what you might have heard,” he said, “it’s not actually that easy to change a personality by sticking in false …

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Apr 08 2011

More on the Science of Rape “Adaptations”

In yesterday’s post, I noted the attempt of certain proponents of evolutionary psychology (specifically that dealing with matters of gender and sexuality) to position themselves as skeptics resisting the dogmatic pressures of societal group think. I contrasted that with actual, procedural analysis of evolutionary psychology practices and claims. I also documented how one set of …

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Apr 07 2011

Skepticism and Rape Adaptations

It isn’t terribly difficult to find well-written, skeptical pieces on evolutionary psychology. In fact, several have come out quite recently. They examine current evo psych theorizing in the light of scientific requirements for proof of any such theory. Kate Clancy wrote a post on the variety of human behavior that evo psych studies attempt to …

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Apr 05 2011

Lying About Nuclear Safety

The buzz this morning on Twitter was George Monbiot’s rejection of the anti-nuclear movement based on the statistics it uses, published in the comment section of The Guardian. First she sent me nine documents: newspaper articles, press releases and an advertisement. None were scientific publications; none contained sources for the claims she had made. But …

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