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Monthly Archive: July 2010

Jul 09 2010

Movie Friday: Kavita Ramdas

Since I gave the stage to the ladies yesterday, I thought I’d keep the ball rolling with this excellent talk from Kavita Ramdas at TED: Kavita masterfully separates cultural traditions from religious reasoning in this talk, in which she highlights three specific contributions that women have made – exploiting cultural expression to enact social change. …

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Jul 08 2010

A remarkable article

Continuing with today’s theme, Brian has shared with me a fantastic article about the abduction, rape and subjugation of women in Ethiopia. Nurame was in her bed when she was woken by an angry mêlée. In her family’s hut there were grown men – an incredible number, 10 or more, all in their 30s, all …

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Jul 08 2010

Sexism? Only if you… y’know… LOOK for it

A friend of mine sent me a newspaper article that made my heart hurt: A young black woman working in the medical imaging department at Toronto Western Hospital was sexually harassed and the object of racial taunts in what a hospital investigation concluded was a “poisoned work environment.” There are three things you should know …

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Jul 07 2010

Quick reply from Hedy Fry

It looks like the procedures have changed a bit at Hedy Fry’s campaign office, as I got a short reply in just slightly over 24 hours. This is the response I got regarding the changes to the census. It’s not much: Dear Mr. C________, Thank you for your e-mail regarding the long census form. Dr. …

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Jul 07 2010

How NOT to do secularism

We secularists are in a tough spot. Religion has dominated the political and social landscape for so long that it is held by many to be an intrinsic value, and one that ought to be free from criticism. Of course this is nothing but special pleading – no ideas are sacred, criticism is the only …

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Jul 06 2010

My new hobby

As the blurb on the top of the homepage says, I am a scientist by day and a musician by night. In between those two things, I try my best to stay in touch with what’s going on around the world and in my own community. From time to time (actually, on average once a …

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Jul 06 2010

Why I was wrong (and why it doesn’t matter)

It seems like only yesterday I was talking about how I would try my best to admit when something I’ve said is incorrect. Weeks ago, I attacked the idea that Canada is founded on Judeo-Christian principles, pointing out the number of ways the Charter diverges from both Jewish and Christian scripture. I gave credit to …

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Jul 05 2010

What does it all mean?

I started writing short stories when I was a little kid – most of them were blatant rip-offs of movies or video games (or sometimes other books). As I got older, I became more interested in writing scripts for movies or (because I was involved in drama) plays. This interest matured into allegorical social commentary …

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Jul 03 2010

What you missed this week: June 28th – July 2nd

What kinds of shenanigans did I get up to this week?: I put a pin in my argument that bad ideas can’t be left alone; Roger Ebert deeply impressed me; I asked believers what they’d do if their beliefs were in conflict with society; I talked about an MPs anti-Israel comments, and what the response …

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Jul 02 2010

Movie Friday: Louis CK

More standup for you today. This time it’s from perhaps my all-time favourite comedian, Louis CK. He’s been on Parks and Recreation, and was in The Invention of Lying as well (movie with a great concept but poor execution). Listening to him is like hearing my own brain talk to me, but it’s way funnier …

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