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Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 25 2011

Upcoming speaking schedule

Over the next couple months I’m going to be making my way from coast to coast. Here’s my current schedule, in case you want to catch one of my talks: 2/19/2011Thousand Oaks, CASecular Student Alliance Southern California Leadership Summit Then my Spring Break Minnesota Tour! 3/22/2011St. Cloud, MNSecular Student Alliance at St. Cloud State University …

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Jan 24 2011

Genetics will not be used to abort straights OR gays

Not because of ethics, necessarily, but because of science. Genetics is complicated. This is a concept that all non-scientists, regardless of political leaning, seem to have a hard time grasping. I’ve heard liberals who are worried that advances in genomics will result in a simple prenatal test, which bigots would gobble up to make sure …

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Jan 23 2011

A bias for reality

Astrologers are in a tizzy after Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain called astrology “rubbish” and “nonsense” on BBC2′s “Stargazing Live.” The Astrological Association of Great Britain (yes, they have an organization) released the following announcement, along with a petition to BBC: The Association will be requesting that the BBC make a public apology and a …

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Jan 23 2011

John Dupras has a marble ass

That is all. No, you don’t get context.

Jan 22 2011

Hickey gives women a mild stroke

Yikes. I will never make out with someone ever again.* *This is obviously a lie.

Jan 22 2011

Off my ASS for the SSA – Week 3

Starting weight: 186.4 lbsLast week’s weight: 182.8 lbsCurrent weight: 179.8 lbsWeight loss this week: 3.0 lbs Under 180 pounds, wooo!!! Though when I look back, I weighed about 175 pounds before my senior year at Purdue. That’s what applying, interviewing at, and actually starting grad school will do to you – stress eating until you …

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Jan 20 2011

THIS is how feminists should critique science

By actually investigating the merit of its claims. And we have two wonderful examples of that over at Slate. Amanda Schaffer takes down the evolutionary psychology study that claimed ovulating women become more racist to avoid rape, and Emily Yoffe points out the pitfalls of a study claiming women walk unsexily when ovulating to reduce …

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Jan 19 2011

Are you an undergrad doing research in ecology or evolution?

Are you thinking about attending grad school? Then you should consider applying for the Undergraduate Diversity program for the Evolution 2011 conference. I was part of this program in 2009, and it was amazing for a number of reasons: Evolution is a huge conference, with over a thousand people attending. It’s a great place to …

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Jan 19 2011

Goal Unlocked: Attract Audience So Large It Violates Fire Code

Okay, I’m not sure if we were technically breaking any laws at my talk last night…but it was pretty damn close. Most of the Seattle Skeptics meetups in the pub have around 15 people attending, at least the ones I’ve gone to. When I arrived 15 minutes early, there were already 35 people there, and …

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Jan 18 2011

A horoscope I can get behind

Ha: Scorpio Saturn rising in your sign will subject you to the powerful force of Fate, which everybody knows is stronger by far than electromagnetism, gravity, or the nuclear strong and weak forces. Indeed! My other favorites include: Capricorn Faith is the evidence of things not seen, which any well-rounded human being must admit is …

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