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Monthly Archive: November 2010

Nov 16 2010

Philosoraptor, the geneticist

Discussed in one of my classes yesterday:The corollary was “If a gene falls in the woods, does it make a noise?” This is what happens when you give grad students too much coffee. Genetics geeks – feel free to discuss.

Nov 14 2010

14 year old stands up for gay-defending teacher

Graeme Taylor is my new favorite person in the world. He’s an openly gay 14-year old who eloquently defended Jay McDowell, a teacher who had been recently suspended without pay at his school in Howell, Michigan. What horrible thing did McDowell do that warranted this suspension? He told a student to take off a confederate …

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Nov 13 2010

The lesbian agenda…

…is to not abuse their children or force them to be homosexual. The paper found that none of the 78 [National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study] adolescents reports having ever been physically or sexually abused by a parent or other caregiver. This contrasts with 26 percent of American adolescents who report parent or caregiver physical abuse …

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Nov 10 2010

THIS is what religious oppression looks like

To all the Christians who have persecution complexes due to people simply disagreeing with them, despite being the privileged majority religion in their country… Maybe this will put religious oppression in perspective for you: [Asia] Bibi has been held in prison since June last year. The court heard she had been working as a farmhand …

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Nov 10 2010

Canada, here I come!

I’ll be speaking at four different skeptical groups in Vancouver next week*. Here’s my crazy schedule (links go to facebook events): Simon Fraser University Skeptics Thurs. Nov. 25 3:30-5:30 pm in AQ 5037 Atheism and FeminismHour talk followed by Q&A Free & open to the publicLikely impromptu pub night to follow University of British Columbia …

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Nov 10 2010

Who doesn't like a 2X multiplier?

The Secular Student Alliance is having a fundraising drive, thanks to a generous donor. Ron Verstappen has pledged to match all donations to the SSA up to $15,000 until New Years Eve. That means if you make a tax exempt donation before January 1st, your donation is effectively doubled! As a board member of the …

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Nov 10 2010

Looking at your vagina, or criticising religion?

Which offends religious people the most? This is a toughie. Why don’t we look at the faux controversy coming from Dartmouth College. Mayuka Kowaguchi created “The Orchid Project” for her sexual health peer-advising group on campus. What was this horrifying project? Small hand mirrors were distributed to women on campus, with an accompanying note describing …

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Nov 09 2010

Me-ow-sis

What I saw:What I thought: “Ha, biology lolcat! Wait… That’s not identical, obviously one has some sort of somatic mutation if that’s mitosis. The image would fit better if they were making a joke about meiosis, since crossing over occurs during meiosis I, resulting in non-identical daughter cells. But then what would meiosis II result …

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Nov 09 2010

More Magazine interview online, now with Feminist Drama!

More’s piece “What the New Feminists Look Like” is (finally) online. You can check out my interview and all the other New Feminists’ interviews there. I’m a bit sad that our video interviews didn’t make it online – or at least, haven’t yet. I basically geeked out about how more feminists should embrace science and …

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Nov 08 2010

Why my building has key cards

Now I just need to figure out how to make the doors say “Good morning, Ms. McCreight” instead of “Beep.” Then I’ll really be living in a sci-fi movie. (Alternate reason why my building has key cards: To keep the undergrads out. I like my reason better.) EDIT: I originally had pi = 0.6 because …

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