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Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 24 2011

Are high school reunions a thing of the past?

This question comes from my mom, who spent last night at her high school reunion (I’ll be nice and not say what year the reunion was for). Will social media like Facebook take away from the “surprise” of seeing everyone at reunions? How many people go just to see if someone went bald, or got …

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Jul 24 2011

Guerrila skepticism on Wikipedia

One of the paper presentations I really enjoyed at TAM9 was Susan Gerbic-Forsyth’s talk on guerilla skepticism on Wikipedia. Not everyone has the time or motivation or talent to organize events, give talks, write blogs, etc – but people frequently ask how they can help the skeptical movement. Susan’s main suggestion was for people to …

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Jul 24 2011

A challenge

FearBlandness tweets: I challenge you to incorporate PZ, ponies and yourself into a post. I guarantee you’ll have a tenfold increase in donations! Challenge accepted. Drawn in MS Paint with the touch pad on my laptop. NOW WHERE’S MY MONEY This is post 44 of 49 of Blogathon. Pledge a donation to the Secular Student …

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Jul 24 2011

How to get people to quit using homeopathic medicine

From SMBC:Come on Zach, you know this is wrong. The process of dilution is obviously very important in how the water molecules establish memory. It not just about decreasing the frequency of something. You must do the right water magi-er, mechanisms. Mechanisms. Or something. Now, if we threw all of the homeopaths in the ocean… …

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Jul 24 2011

Another dose of surrealism

The following questions were left on my formspring.me account months ago, presumably by the same person. I can provide you with no other explanation: People don’t use the word “fervent” enough, so today I began a meeting with “It is my fervent desire that all employees tuck mackerel into their trousers.” That failed to get …

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Jul 24 2011

Would religion help my psychological issues?

From the mailbag: Do you think your current psychological problems would be less severe or even non-existant if you could rely on a faith? (= + faith community?) Sorry if too provocative. Honestly, no. I’ve dealt with these issues since I was little. It’s overlapped my naive atheism, my desperate attempt at deism, my agnosticism, …

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Jul 24 2011

Europeans: How does religion in the US look to you?

I know my European readers are awake now, so I thought I’d target a question toward you. It’s the least I can do – I tend to be very US-centric sometimes. So here’s a basic question for a bit of an open forum. How does religion in the US look to you? Does the American …

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Jul 24 2011

Jen reads her hate mail – Three Ninjas Remix

This is my new favorite song. <a href=”http://threeninjas.net/track/airbrush-your-balls-featuring-jen-mccreight”>Airbrush Your Balls (featuring Jen McCreight) by Three Ninjas</a> Thanks Jason. I mean, Three Ninjas. This is post 39 of 49 of Blogathon. Pledge a donation to the Secular Student Alliance here.

Jul 24 2011

Q&A Quickfire Part 2!

More questions! What was the best moment of your elementary school days? The first thing that popped into my head was in fifth grade, I won a contest to give a speech at our graduation. But for my speech I wrote a rhyming poem that included references to all the books we read, field trips …

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Jul 24 2011

LAN bans women to protect them from misogynists

A LAN party for Battlefield 3 in Texas had this lovely bit of logic in its rules: Nothing ruins a good LAN party like uncomfortable guests or lots of tension, both of which can result from mixing immature, misogynistic male-gamers with female counterparts. Though we’ve done our best to avoid these situations in years past, …

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