Monthly Archive: May 2010

May 31 2010

The consequences of blogging

“I can’t deal with the statistical likelihood that somewhere, some business person with an opportunity that would help me will turn away from me because of some objectionable knowledge about me. Because of my blog. If I blog. How do you deal with that?” I worry about it occasionally, but try not to let it …

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May 30 2010

Making a biological child for gay couples

“Is there a way to have two people of the same sex have a kid who is biologically related to both? (Either gay or lesbian couples)” Short answer: Yes! But it’s complicated. Long-ish answer: Creating a child from same-sex parents isn’t as easy as just combining the DNA from two eggs or two sperm. The …

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May 29 2010

Thoughts on grad school

“What are you most looking forward to about grad school? What are you hoping to achieve? And, what will you actually be studying? I mean, is there really more to know about copulatory plugs?” I’m most looking forward to finally be studying what I’ve always wanted to research: human genetics and evolution. I don’t know …

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May 28 2010

Curse words and other nonsense

“What is your favorite curse word?” Fuck. Okay, that’s not very creative. But it’s so versatile! Is there a way you can’t use it? Maybe not as a preposition… And you can even add stuff to it. Fucktard. Fuckward. Fuckballs. Other than that, I’m a fan of the more funny, nonsensical, bizarre swear words. Asshat …

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May 27 2010

“Atheist” as a derogatory word

“How often, if ever, have you been called an atheist in a derogatory way?” Honestly, not that often. I think I’m in a unique position, though. Since I’m known for being so vocal about my atheism – I was leader of the horde here for 3 years – people treat me differently. Conversations start with …

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May 26 2010

This event is giving me good vibrations

A public service announcement for anyone interested in a wacky celebration that’s coming soon. May is National Masturbation Month, and Sunday is the 10th Annual Masturbate-A-Thon. Nope, I’m not jerking you around! You can get more information on how to lend a hand at either of those websites, though they may be mildly NSFW. This …

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May 25 2010

This is what happens when you let the angry feminists evolve

You get Angler Fish. See men, you should be happy we let you be more than a walking bag of sperm. Well, at least we let you think you are. Seriously though, nature is fucking bizarre. And therefore awesome. Odd natural history tidbits like this is what makes me love being a biologist.

May 24 2010

I’m going to Disney World!

It sounds very stereotypical, doesn’t it? “You’ve just graduated college – what are you going to do now?!” But it’s true. Tomorrow I’m driving down to Florida with three of my close friends, and staying for a little less than a week. We’re going to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and a beach or two (still to …

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May 23 2010

Video: My lecture on Boobquake, Skepticism, and Feminism

My lecture last night in Chicago went wonderfully. Thanks to Elyse, Dr. Jen, Bruce, Matt, and anyone else I’m missing from Women Thinking Free for doing a great job organizing the event. It was a lot of fun talking to everyone afterward too! Bruce videotaped the talk, and you can watch it here: Jen McCreight …

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May 21 2010

Are second generation atheists more mellow?

During a recent Point of Inquiry podcast, Chris Mooney and Elaine Ecklund discussed the differences between first and second generation atheists (starting about 15 min in). First generation atheists are those that were once theists and raised with religion, while second generation were raised by non-theist parents. Mooney has a summary of Ecklund’s points at …

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