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Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 31 2011

More Indianapoplexy

Here’s the article from the ACLU: On December 23, 2010, Shuai, a 34-year-old pregnant woman who was suffering from a major depressive disorder, attempted to take her own life. Friends found her in time and persuaded her to get help. Six days later, Shuai underwent cesarean surgery and delivered a premature newborn girl who, tragically, …

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Mar 31 2011

I need a term for Indiana-induced rage

Because shit like this keeps happening: On Wednesday, House Representatives of the Indiana state considered a controversial anti-abortion bill, introduced by state Rep. Eric Turner (R), that would make abortions illegal in the state after 20 weeks. Representatives were also considering a bill amendment, proposed by Rep. Gail Riecken (D), that would make exceptions for …

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Mar 31 2011

Not cool, Hemant

I love ya. You’re an awesome friend and a brilliant blogger. I know you’re an all around good guy and you thought you were just being funny. But please don’t ruin a brilliant interview with Kari Byron of Mythbusters about her atheism by saying “This whole post was really just an excuse to post a …

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Mar 30 2011

Does who wrote the Bible matter when it comes to ethics?

I friend pointed me to this article by Bart Ehrman – Who Wrote the Bible and Why It Matters. It didn’t start off so well: Apart from the most rabid fundamentalists among us, nearly everyone admits that the Bible might contain errors — a faulty creation story here, a historical mistake there, a contradiction or …

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Mar 29 2011

I know what I’m doing in 4.5 years

You and your committee may be the only people who read your PhD dissertation (well, if you’re lucky) – but you can still enjoy is aesthetically:From Street Anatomy: A long-time Street Anatomy fan and soon-to-be doctor, Stephen, recently sent in this image of an anatomical heart made up entirely of the words from his dissertation. …

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Mar 29 2011

Sometimes you can’t win

That’s the look I give when I’ve just lost a couple more brain cells. [Transcript:Day 1:Man: Men are sexual beings! We evolved to be promiscuous!Woman: Um, but biology isn’t an ultimatum. You can control your actions.Man: *angry* YOU FRIGID FEMINISTS ARE TRYING TO SUPPRESS OUR SEXUALITY! I AM NOT A EUNUCH!!Day 2:Man: We should care …

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Mar 28 2011

The wrong reason for diversity

At the Secular Student Union dinner tonight: Guy 1: So, what was your talk in Minnesota about?Me: The intersection of atheism and feminism, what we can do to get more women to leave religion, and how to make the atheist movement more welcoming to women.Guy 2: Cool! Is the lack of women really that big …

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Mar 28 2011

Blag Hag 2011 Census Results Pt. 3

Time to respond to some of your comments! First of, a HUGE thank you to all the wonderful, thoughtful comments people left me. I really appreciate having people thank me for the blog and telling me to “Keep being awesome” (a phrase about 40 of you used, haha). Looking down the list and seeing that …

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Mar 28 2011

That’s all you got, Ken Ham?

Allow me a moment to gloat. Ken Ham is bragging about how much traffic his various anti-science websites have received in the past year, and how much they’ve improved from the year before. Let’s ignore for a moment that a good chunk of that traffic is people showing up to giggle at his wackiness and …

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Mar 27 2011

Blag Hag 2011 Census Results Pt. 2

And now for the questions about atheism and blogging! As always, click the images for bigger versions.Last year men used the terms “skeptic,” “freethinker,” and “anti-theist” more often than women. This year “anti-theist” is still used more, but “skeptic” and “freethinker” are not significantly different. However, “atheist” and “infidel” were used less by women now. …

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