Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 30 2012

Looking for awesome secular students

Tomorrow’s the last day to apply for the Secular Student Alliance’s Best Awards. There are both group and individual awards, with cash prizes! It never hurts to apply, so give it a shot.

May 29 2012

General exam: Passed

I am now the current owner of the General Exam Hat. Excuse me while I go pass out.

May 27 2012

Church economic development controversy strikes West Lafayette, IN

Jen says: The following is a guest post by my friends Anna, Mike, and Mario. Anna is the president of the Society of Non-Theists at Purdue and “isn’t cool enough for a blog.” Mike blogs at Politics and Pucks. Mario blogs at An Episcopalian in Planet Earth. West Lafayette, IN is home to Purdue University, my old stomping ground, so I’m still interested …

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May 26 2012

Who are your Champions of Reason?

After a long day of studying, I turned to reddit to relax a little before bed. I stumbled upon this artwork in r/atheism titled “Champions of Reason”: The artist explains: “This is a depiction of people I intellectually admire. I say admire because it is rather impossible for me to take someone as a hero, …

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May 25 2012

Thanks, Pixel


I needed a kitten interlude from the recent internet stupidity, so here you go. She likes to look over my shoulder as I do my research. “Another bar graph, really? Those colors? Hey, did you correct for multiple testing?” Maybe I should just let her take my general exam.

May 23 2012

“Oh yeah? Well you’re UGLY”


A winning argument made by Scented Nectar and Abbie Smith of ERV: Proof women can be sexist assholes too! I really feel like we should have a law for this, like Godwin’s law. “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a woman’s appearance being mentioned grows larger.” The type of remark can vary. …

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May 22 2012

Dealing with badly behaving speakers

At last weekend’s Women in Secularism conference, I accidentally set off a lot of discussion with something I said during a panel. I say “accidentally” because I wasn’t planning on talking about this specific point, nor did I think it would result in such a reaction. I remarked that when I was about to attend …

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May 21 2012

The Women in Secularism conference ROCKED

In the months leading up to CFI’s Women in Secularism conference, I admit I had my worries. I was worried attendance would be low because men wouldn’t be interested. I was worried it might be the same feminist talk over and over again. I was worried that any perceived failure would be trumpeted by the …

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May 18 2012

I’m off to the Women in Secularism conference!

On a typical day I’d still be sleeping for four more hours, but right now I’m in the airport. And in a couple more hours, I’ll be in DC for the Women in Secularism conference! I’m super excited (well, excited as you can be at 5am and about to fly to an opposite coast). The …

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May 15 2012


Here’s a depressing comparison for you: 2012 US Science Budget*: $85.2 billion Yearly losses due to religious tax exemptions: Over $71 billion We could basically double the US Science Budget, but instead we continue to bow to religious privilege. Priorities, indeed. *Funding the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of Energy, National …

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