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Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 28 2011

My interview with Teen Skepchick

My interview with Mindy of Teen Skepchick is now online for your viewing pleasure. We focus a lot on my journey from atheism to desperate spirituality back to atheism throughout my childhood, thoughts for students and student leaders, art, sex, and a pep talk for young scientists. Some stuff I haven’t really blogged about here …

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Jul 27 2011

Catholic Church apologizes for 150,000 forced adoptions

From ABC News: It is believed at least 150,000 Australian women had their babies taken against their will by some churches and adoption agencies between the 1950s and 1970s. Psychiatrist Geoff Rickarby has treated scores of affected women, and says it is a stain on Australia’s history. [...]The chief executive of Catholic Health Australia, Martin …

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Jul 27 2011

Dan Savage is an evil genius

From Think Progress: Sex columnist Dan Savage has offered a new threat to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum: If Santorum continues to attack gays and lesbians during his campaign, Savage will expand his “google problem” by redefining “Rick.” Savage led a campaign to redefine “Santorum” in 2003 after Santorum compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia. …

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Jul 27 2011

Answers to the critical thinking puzzles

Many of you took a shot at answering the critical thinking puzzles I posted during Blogathon. Now it’s time for the answers! And because I’m lazy, I’m just going to copy and paste the explanations given by some of you guys! Question 1: In front of you are four cards. You know that each card …

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Jul 26 2011

It’s not just atheists with a diversity problem…

Geeks have their fail moments too (emphasis mine): I went to Comic-Con this year; on Thursday, I attended a panel titled “Oh, You Sexy Geek!” a discussion of the implications of “sexy women” in geek/nerd culture, and how that may or may not be used to pander to men. The panel consisted of moderator Katrina …

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Jul 25 2011

Photos from the first gay marriages in New York

You can see all 60 here, but here are some of my favorites: I’m not going to lie, the older gay couples fill me with the most joy. I just want to hug them and tell them how happy I am that they made it through all the years of crap to finally see this …

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Jul 25 2011

Blogathon raises $5,483 for the Secular Student Alliance!

Thanks to all of you, Blogathon was a massive success! We ended up raising a whopping $5,483.01 for the Secular Student Alliance! That’s going to fund a whole lot of secular activism. So thank you, thank you, thank you! As a geeky side note…I’d like to point out that now that we have three Blogathon …

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Jul 24 2011

Blogathon 2011 is complete!

For the third year, I made it through Blogathon! Made it without falling asleep or becoming (completely) deranged. And with your help, we managed to raise over $4,000 for the Secular Student Alliance. How awesome is that? Thanks to everyone who donated, suggested ideas, spread the word, and kept me company in the comments. And …

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Jul 24 2011

Q&A Quickfire Part OMG THE SUN IS UP

One last hurrah: How do you feel about blogging after the blogathon? Reasonable Jen will tell you I won’t blog for a while. Realistic Jen will tell you I’ll probably find something to blog about right after I wake up. How badly do you want to sleep right now? I don’t know what day it …

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Jul 24 2011

I just had this phone conversation

You only get to hear what I said: Why are you calling me. Wait, what? Wait, every time you say “children in a van” you cut out. No seriously. I hear “children in a van” and then “shhhhhhhhhhhhhh” like this is some top secret message that’s being intercepted by the FBI. 17 children? Dancing to …

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