Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 30 2012

If Only…

If she puts up a fight… If only she wouldn’t have struggled If only she wouldn’t have fought If only she hadn’t defended herself If she’d just given up, as she ought If she does not… If only she’d put up a struggle If only she’d put up a fight She should have defended her …

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Dec 28 2012

Hunting The Gene For Evil

We’ve got the killer’s DNA And you know what that means— We’re going to look for evil In some broken set of genes We’re on a search for evil’s cause And here’s an added plus: We’re looking for an answer That will distance him from us. So, yeah, I’m behind the others on this (the …

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Dec 24 2012



I thought I was all set, not wanting anything for cephalopodmas… then a reader sent in this pic, of a cuddly little thing in a display of vintage teddy bears… It’s just so cuddly!

Dec 22 2012

Christmas, Present

‘Twas the night before—really, the name doesn’t matter— The goose we’d be roasting just couldn’t be fatter; We’d trimmed out the tree, feeling ever-so-jolly, The mistletoe shimmered, and so did the holly The Yule-log was glowing; each flame, and each ember Reminded us all it was late in December In the house, we were warm, …

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Dec 21 2012

So Long As The World Is Ending…

It’s ok. We all know atheists have nothing to live for, anyway. I found this verse while looking for something else. I had completely forgotten writing it, so I’m reposting it, on the chance that you have completely forgotten reading it. It was based on a comment overheard, about how “atheists have nothing to live …

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Dec 19 2012

Continuing That Thought…


My last post drew some wonderful comments, and prompted me to do a bit of whatever the cephalopod equivalent of navel-gazing is. Looking through some old posts, old comments, old links, and thinking of some recent funerals, got me wondering what sort of funeral I would want for myself. I used to have plans, actually, …

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Dec 18 2012

No Atheists At Memorials For Children?

The Los Angeles Times is running an interesting opinion piece, tying the memorial for the Newtown victims with church-state separation issues (among other things). It’s worth reading, and worth commenting on. They 1) note the ecumenical nature of the service, 2) assert that a non-religious memorial would have been somehow incomplete and off-putting, and 3) …

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Dec 17 2012

Mechanism, Contextualism, And The Limits Of Brain Science

Over at NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog, Alva Noë writes about “Science And The Allure Of ‘Nothing But“, a topic near and dear to my hearts. Reductionism in science has led us to some frankly silly stances, but stances held and strongly defended by major players, and (probably, but I have not counted) a …

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Dec 15 2012

Blame And Self-Protective Bias

It’s a special kind of crazy when a bunch of kids get shot When it’s labeled mental illness… and it’s not. It’s a part of human nature we find frightening, and thus We will do our best to label it… “not us.” There are parts of our society which all could shoulder blame But we’d …

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Dec 14 2012

Happy Cuttlefish

Today, I find myself thinking fondly of the good people at Barone Graphics and Design. Can you figure out why?

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