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Category Archive: Science

Nov 16 2010

The Fat Positive Feminist Skeptical Diet, Phase 2: Switching from Loss to Maintenance

I’m done. I am officially done losing weight. I’ve reached my target weight. Or, to be more accurate: I have reached the bottom of my target weight range. Or, to be even more accurate than that: I have made a final decision as to what my target weight range should even be (something I wasn’t …

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Oct 18 2010

Born or Learned? Sexuality, Science, and Party Lines

On Sunday, AOL news — perhaps not the best source of science reporting on this beautiful green earth — reported on a study supposedly showing that gay parents are more likely to have gay kids. Unfortunately, some of the responses I’ve seen from the LGBT community have focused, less on whether the science in question …

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Aug 18 2010

Why Near Death Experiences Are a Terrible Argument for the Soul

This piece was originally published on Alternet. “But when people are near death, they have out- of- body experiences. Some of them, anyway. Doesn’t this prove that there’s an immaterial soul, separate from the body, that leaves the body and survives when we die?” As I’ve written before: Most arguments for spiritual belief that I …

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May 11 2010

Why “The Universe Is Perfectly Fine-Tuned For Life” Is a Terrible Argument for God

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. “But the Universe is so perfectly fine-tuned for life. What are the chances that this happened by accident? Doesn’t it seem like the Universe had to have been created this way on purpose?” As I’ve written before: Many arguments for religion and against atheism are so bad, they …

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May 04 2010

Why “Life Has To Have Been Designed” Is a Terrible Argument for God’s Existence

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. “Just look around you. Look at life, and the universe, and everything. Doesn’t it seem like it had to have been designed?” A lot of arguments for religion are very bad indeed. A lot of arguments for religion aren’t even arguments: they’re deflections, excuses for why the believer …

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May 03 2010

Are Atheists Open-Minded?

“You have to keep an open mind. That’s the trouble with you atheists/ materialists/ skeptics. You’re just as bad as fundamentalists. You’re so convinced that you’re right, and you’re not willing to consider the possibility that you might not be. The universe is profoundly strange: we’ve been surprised by it thousands of times in the …

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Apr 26 2010

I Feel The Earth Move: Boobquake 2010!

As you may already have heard — it’s not only been all over the atheosphere, but all over the news — Iranian Muslim prayer leader Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was recently quoted as saying, “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) …

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Dec 14 2009

Why Did Gayness Evolve?

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. In it, I discuss the current scientific thinking about sexual orientation being genetically determined, at least partly if not mostly or entirely. I pose the question that this thinking automatically leads to: namely, if homosexuality evolved, why? What evolutionary purpose would it serve? And I …

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Dec 07 2009

Geek Girls, Go Where I Send Thee: A Christmas Song Parody for Math Nerds

It’s that time of year again — the time for Christmas song parodies! So there I was at a holiday party I go to every year, a party at which the singing of Christmas carols is a central feature. And yes, I go to this party voluntarily. I love Christmas, and I’m one of those …

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Nov 02 2009

Atheism, Openness, and Caring About Reality: Or, Why What We Don’t Believe Matters

Why do atheist activists focus so much time and energy on what we don’t believe? What’s the point of a worldview and a social/ political movement that’s all about not believing in something? Can’t we be open to possibilities? Why do we have to be so negative all the time? I’ve been, as is my …

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