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Category Archive: Science

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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Feb 13 2014

To Give Itself Pleasure

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This is the piece that I read at the recent Godless Perverts Story Hour, the one that was livestreamed as part of the Freethought Blogs Con online conference. The entire event was recorded: you can watch the whole thing if you like, and videos of the individual performances, including this one, are being posted on …

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Dec 21 2013

Axial TIlt

Axial tilt. The reason for the season. Happy Solstice, everybody! (Image created by Lore Sjöberg.)

Sep 08 2013

Where I Got the Science Nerd Chic Accessories

When I put up my recent post about my Science Nerd Chic outfit for the Academy of Sciences’ “Nightlife at the Museum” Fashion Night, several people expressed admiration for the accessories — especially the shoes. So I thought I’d let you know where you can get them. The shoes are the Icon, made by Hades. …

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Sep 06 2013

Fashion Friday: Science Nerd Chic

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Fashion Friday post, and I need something happy and frivolous to write about right now. So I want to show you the outfit I wore to an awesome event: the California Academy of Sciences’ “Nightlife at the Museum” Fashion Night. Like many museums, the California Academy of …

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Aug 28 2013

My Body is the Knife: Skepticism and the Reality of Medical Uncertainty

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This piece was originally published in AlterNet. The cutting edge of science is hard to accept when your body is the knife. “If we don’t know the answer to a question, it’s better to just say, ‘We don’t know.’ And then, of course, investigate and try to find an answer. We shouldn’t jump in with …

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Aug 20 2013

Coping with Life Under a Cloud of Medical Uncertainty

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“If we don’t know the answer to a question, it’s better to just say, ‘We don’t know.’ And then, of course, investigate and try to find an answer. We shouldn’t jump in with an uninformed answer based on our cognitive biases. And we definitely shouldn’t assume that, because we don’t know the answer to a …

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Aug 09 2013

God Won’t Cure Mental Illness: What’s Wrong With Rick Warren’s Sermon

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“We’re all mentally ill.” “You have fears, you have worries, you have doubts, you have compulsions, you have attractions…” So said Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor of the megachurch Saddleback Church and author of “The Purpose-Driven Life,” in a sermon largely about his son’s mental illness and recent suicide. Warren was clearly trying to …

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Jun 06 2013

Secular Meditation: “Energy,” and Attention/ Awareness

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So what does this “energy” thing mean, anyway? I don’t mean literal, physical energy. I more or less understand that. I mean “energy” in the supernatural/ metaphysical/ woo bullshit sense. And specifically, what does it mean for a meditation practice? Here’s what I’m talking about. As regular readers know, I’ve recently begun a secular meditation/ …

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Aug 29 2012

Eight Non-Believing Scientists Who Can Inspire Anyone

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This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Note: When I originally posted the link to it, some people apparently misunderstood the intent of the piece, and thought it was supposed to be the eight best, or most famous, or most important, or most something else, non-believing scientists. It’s not. It’s just eight. Selected based on …

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