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Jul 22 2009

Blogathon questions and topics

I apologize for asking so many random questions lately. It seems like my blog turned into “Weee I can’t make up my mind, tell me random internet people!” But I need your help for one more thing.

Saturday is the Blogathon, and I’m going to end up making a total of 48 posts in 24 hours. That’s a whole lot of blog posts. To put it in perspective for you, I average about 49 posts a month – and now I’ll have to do that in a day.

So how can you help? Send me questions, topics, interesting articles, fun videos, hilarious photos, anything. You know I generally like to talk about atheism, biology, and sex, but whatever seems interesting is fine. That way I’ll have to resort to less filler once I’ve been up for 24 hours and I’m becoming delusional. I’m already going to clutter up your feed readers with a ton of posts – I want them to at least be good posts. You can either leave a comment, email me at jmccreig(at)purdue.edu, or tweet me at jennifurret on twitter.

Don’t forget, you can sponsor me by clicking here and pledging a donation. Everything goes to the Secular Student Alliance. Even a dollar helps, since all donations to SSA are being matched by the Vital Spark Foundation until August 1!

And if you’re not feeling creative enough to send me ideas, and you’re a poor college student like me, you can still help out my just reading and commenting on my posts on Saturday. I have a feeling I’m going to get a bit lonely once no one is online around 4 AM my time, so the occasional comments will keep me going.

Thanks again everyone!

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    Robin T

    I am sure you've seen it by now, but I nearly died looking at these.http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/4042/fundieffffffuuuuu.jpghttp://imgur.com/3GUnR.jpg

    Ideas to blog about:(Not sure if you've written about this) Why you decided to let people know you are atheist or what helped you decide you are one, interesting stories from around the watercooler, some good books / films / music you've read / watched / listened to lately, plans for the remaining downtime before school, thoughts on college, an analysis into lolcats and its permeation into pop culture.

    I think I'm all tapped out for now, I'll post more if I can think of any.

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    Robin T

    I am sure you’ve seen it by now, but I nearly died looking at these.http://img33.imageshack.us/imghttp://imgur.com/3GUnR.jpgIdeas to blog about:(Not sure if you’ve written about this) Why you decided to let people know you are atheist or what helped you decide you are one, interesting stories from around the watercooler, some good books / films / music you’ve read / watched / listened to lately, plans for the remaining downtime before school, thoughts on college, an analysis into lolcats and its permeation into pop culture.I think I’m all tapped out for now, I’ll post more if I can think of any.

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    Michael

    Hmm

    When it's still early and your brain is working, maybe something about monogamy from a religious and non-religious perspective?

    When you're seeing purple from lack of sleep, a few links from the amusement and weird shit category:

    thereifixedit.comwww.oddee.com/item_96758.aspxjewishphilosopher.blogspot.com (the funniest religious lunacy i've ever seen, he's like the Jewish Ray Comfort but MUCH stupider. Yes, this is possible)

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    Michael

    HmmWhen it’s still early and your brain is working, maybe something about monogamy from a religious and non-religious perspective?When you’re seeing purple from lack of sleep, a few links from the amusement and weird shit category:thereifixedit.comhttp://www.oddee.com/item_96758.aspxjewishphilosopher.blogspot.com (the funniest religious lunacy i’ve ever seen, he’s like the Jewish Ray Comfort but MUCH stupider. Yes, this is possible)

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    Jason Creighton

    One thing that's been on my mind a bit of late has been the difference between the two main lines of criticism of religion:

    A. It's falseB. It's harmful and/or morally bankrupt.

    It seems to me that most non-theists will hit A at some point, and while B gets some use, not nearly as much. One reason for this might be that when you start talking about B, you have to narrow your focus to some specific religion or religious tradition, because it doesn't apply to all religious beliefs. Also, I feel like the old-school deists/agnostics such as Thomas Paine or Robert Ingersoll seem to lean towards the "B" side of things, more so than modern thinkers with an anti-religion bent, like Dawkins.

    So I wonder which is more effective, and which should be more effective. That is to say, it may be the case that B is more compelling, but rationally, *should* we consider what is essentially an appeal to emotion to be compelling?

    Looking back, I think that my revulsion at the idea of hell was one of the main things that got me to start questioning my religion. Of course, after that, more reasons followed, the sheer lack of evidence for religious claims being foremost among them. But I wonder if I had been raised in some liberal religious tradition that didn't believe in hell and didn't reject evolution whether I ever would have seriously questioned it. Maybe I'd be saying, in calm and reasonable tones to atheists, "oh, can't you see, that's not a *scientific* question…".

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    Jason Creighton

    One thing that’s been on my mind a bit of late has been the difference between the two main lines of criticism of religion:A. It’s falseB. It’s harmful and/or morally bankrupt.It seems to me that most non-theists will hit A at some point, and while B gets some use, not nearly as much. One reason for this might be that when you start talking about B, you have to narrow your focus to some specific religion or religious tradition, because it doesn’t apply to all religious beliefs. Also, I feel like the old-school deists/agnostics such as Thomas Paine or Robert Ingersoll seem to lean towards the “B” side of things, more so than modern thinkers with an anti-religion bent, like Dawkins.So I wonder which is more effective, and which should be more effective. That is to say, it may be the case that B is more compelling, but rationally, *should* we consider what is essentially an appeal to emotion to be compelling?Looking back, I think that my revulsion at the idea of hell was one of the main things that got me to start questioning my religion. Of course, after that, more reasons followed, the sheer lack of evidence for religious claims being foremost among them. But I wonder if I had been raised in some liberal religious tradition that didn’t believe in hell and didn’t reject evolution whether I ever would have seriously questioned it. Maybe I’d be saying, in calm and reasonable tones to atheists, “oh, can’t you see, that’s not a *scientific* question…”.

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    Jeremiah

    Towards the end of your marathon, blog about your favorite stand-up comedian and provide some link love to/embed a video of one of your favorite skits of his/hers.

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    Jeremiah

    Towards the end of your marathon, blog about your favorite stand-up comedian and provide some link love to/embed a video of one of your favorite skits of his/hers.

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    Veritas

    Just Stumble around like mad, Jen, and post on the interesting stuff.

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    Veritas

    Just Stumble around like mad, Jen, and post on the interesting stuff.

  11. 11
    FUG

    I want blog posts on tough social issues: War, Abortion, Affirmative Action, Gun Control, Stem-cell research, and drugs. Choose a side and defend!

  12. 12
    FUG

    I want blog posts on tough social issues: War, Abortion, Affirmative Action, Gun Control, Stem-cell research, and drugs. Choose a side and defend!

  13. 13
    jemand

    you could do a blog post on each of the blogs featured on your blog post list…

    React to the latest post or in general why you like them or something.

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    jemand

    you could do a blog post on each of the blogs featured on your blog post list…React to the latest post or in general why you like them or something.

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    ***Dave

    Good luck with your Blogathonning!

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    ***Dave

    Good luck with your Blogathonning!

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