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Monthly Archive: January 2008

Jan 23 2008

Is Altruism Real?

There’s been a discussion — okay, a tangent that Ive gotten sucked into — over at Daylight Atheism. It’s about whether altruism is real… and since I’ve had rather a lot to say about it over there, I thought I should come say it back here as well. I’ve always been bugged by people who …

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Jan 23 2008

Sex, Lies, and Contraception: The Male Pill: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog, a rethinking about the science, the economics, and the gender politics of the question, “Why don’t they make a birth control pill for men?” The piece is titled, Sex, Lies, and Contraception: The Male Pill, and here’s the teaser: The reality is that both women …

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Jan 18 2008

It Isn’t Like That

Ingrid and I are going away for our 10th anniversary. (No, we’re not going to the French Laundry — we decided on the Madonna Inn, where we had our fifth anniversary, and where we got engaged.) I won’t be back on the blog until Tuesday. While I’m gone, I wanted to leave you with this. …

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Jan 18 2008

GOP Candidates and Buffy Villains: Separated At Birth?

If you’re not a Buffy fan, you probably won’t get this at all. If you are a Buffy fan, do not imbibe liquids while reading this, as you will spit them all over your keyboard. It’s The GOP Primary Field in Buffy Villains — a guide to the Republican Presidential candidates, explaining them by comparing …

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Jan 18 2008

Friday Cat Blogging: Catfish In Blanket

And now, a cute picture of our cat. No explanation is needed, I don’t think. Just the disembodied head of Catfish nestled in a blanket.

Jan 17 2008

All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Porn — Or Not

This piece originally appeared on the Blowfish Blog. Porn is not sex education. I’ll say it again: Porn is not sex education. I’m saying this to everyone who’s reading this. But I’m especially saying it to parents: Porn is not sex education. So you need to make sure your kids are getting actual sex education. …

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Jan 17 2008

Carnivals and Circles: Skeptics, Feminists, and Liberals

Blog carnival time! Skeptic’s Circle #78 is up at The Skeptical Surfer. My piece in this Circle: Untested by Definition: A Rant on Alternative Medicine. My favorite other pieces in this Circle: At Least a Skeptic by Whiskey Before Breakfast, on why skepticism matters in political leaders; and How to be a nice skeptic (and …

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Jan 15 2008

A Reality Show About Art: Project Runway

It’s somewhat alarming how quickly this happened. I went from catching the last half hour of a rerun on the TV at the gym, to obsessively Tivoing every new episode plus every rerun from every single season that has ever aired… in the space of about four weeks. I’ve sucked Ingrid into it as well. …

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Jan 14 2008

Chopped Salad

This one goes out to everyone who hates salad. Or who just doesn’t like it. I’ve never been a salad fan. It’s not my sworn enemy the way broccoli is, and there have been individual salads in my life that I’ve quite enjoyed. But as a rule, I find salads tedious. A chore. Unobjectionable, but …

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Jan 14 2008

What’s the Harm in a Little Woo?

When I write about religion and religious belief, I tend to write about the Big Ones. The famous ones, the powerful ones, the well-organized ones with millions of followers or more. The multinational brands; the Coke and Pepsi of spirituality. (Christianity, mostly, since, as an American, it’s the one I’m most familiar with, and the …

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