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Monthly Archive: March 2014

Mar 31 2014

“Wise and compassionate”: Alan Sokal’s Blurb for “Coming Out Atheist”

“Greta Christina’s guide to Coming Out Atheist is chock-full of useful ideas; but above all it is wise and compassionate.” -Alan Sokal, Professor of Physics, New York University A nice blurb for Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why. Thanks, Alan! The book is being published on April …

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Mar 31 2014

Should You Give Amateur Medical Advice to People With Mental Illness? A Flowchart

Should You Give Amateur Medical Advice to People With Mental Illness? Flowchart

And now, for those who learn better with visual aids, I offer: Should You Give Amateur Medical Advice to People With Mental Illness? A Flowchart. (This is my very first snarky flowchart: I’m proud of it out of all proportion, and hope to do more in the future.) Context: On Being on Anti-Depressants Indefinitely, Very …

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Mar 31 2014

Why You Really, Seriously, No Fooling, Should Not Give Unsolicited Amateur Medical Advice to People with Mental Illness (Or to Anyone, Really), Episode 563,305

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Sigh. In response to my recent post, “The drugs are hurting us more than they are helping us”: How Not to Talk to People With Mental Illness, Episode 563,304, I received this comment from one Timothy Matias: Just my two cents: “It is seriously fucked-up to undermine people’s [efforts to improve the lives of mentally …

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Mar 30 2014

LogiCon: The Little Convention That Could: Guest Post by Jason Bathon

This is a guest post from Jason Bathon, one of the organizers of LogiCon. LogiCon: The Little Convention That Could We really need helps from the generous people in the secular community. LogiCon, a Secular Humanist convention in Northwest Arkansas, has some terrific speakers year, including Dorion Sagan, Darrel Ray, and Jerry DeWitt to name …

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Mar 28 2014

Which of My Sex Essays Do You Like Best?

So I’m thinking of putting together a collection of my non-fiction writing about sex. And I wanted to ask my regular readers (and indeed my irregular ones): Which of my essays, reviews, journalism, rantings, and other non-fiction writing about sex do you like best? Actually, I’ll modify that question, and clarify it. Which of my …

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Mar 28 2014

Things People Said Here About Mental Illness That Were Extremely Helpful

I realized that in much of my recent conversations about mental illness, I was showing a tendency to focus on, and reply to, the small number of comments that annoyed me, more than the many many many many comments that I found helpful. Partly, I think, this is a symptom of the depression, which is …

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Mar 28 2014

“The drugs are hurting us more than they are helping us”: How Not to Talk to People With Mental Illness, Episode 563,304

From Facebook, a comment responding to my post, On Being on Anti-Depressants Indefinitely, Very Likely for the Rest of My Life, in which I discussed my diagnosis of depression and the meds I’m taking for it. If you haven’t read Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker it’s a must. The director of a leading …

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Mar 27 2014

On Being on Anti-Depressants Indefinitely, Very Likely for the Rest of My Life

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So I have to rethink some things. Specifically, I have to rethink some things about mental illness and me. As regular readers may already know, I had a recent bout with depression, starting in late 2012 when my father died and I was diagnosed with cancer. It wasn’t my first time at the rodeo: I’ve …

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Mar 27 2014

Karen Stollznow Legal Defense Fund Is In Place

The Karen Stollznow legal defense fund has been started, and is now in place. If you think victims of sexual harassment should be able to speak out without being silenced by lawsuits or fear of lawsuits, please donate — and please spread the word. My name is Karen Stollznow. I am an author and researcher …

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Mar 26 2014

“I didn’t write it, I never agreed to it, I never signed it”: The Supposed Karen Stollznow Apology

“I didn’t write it, I never agreed to it, I never signed it, and I’m not the liar here.” -Karen Stollznow For those who haven’t been following, a very brief summary: Last year, Karen Stollznow wrote a piece for Scientific American, coming forward with her story of having been sexually harassed. (The piece has since …

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