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Monthly Archive: February 2010

Feb 19 2010

Curiosity Aroused

I’m in the process of an overnight for work and can’t put together any new content at the moment. Instead, go check out Curiosity Aroused, a brand-new podcast hosted and edited by Rebecca Watson, with the Skepchicks doing stories/interviews. I’m going to listen to it while I’m doing my reformat tonight. Topics seem interesting as …

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Feb 18 2010

Science Victorious

The past thirty days have been rife with excellent science news, which for various reasons I’ve been unable to blog on. Rest assured, I’m very grateful to those of you that submitted links to these pieces of good news! I’d love to encourage you all to continue submitting such victorious tidbits, as every submission proves …

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Feb 18 2010

I’m sorry, Lori

I know, I shouldn’t apologize for linking you, but I’m compelled to do so. But did you know that in some provinces in Canada, bills have been passed allowing people to apologize without fearing legal liability? Seriously. Now, if you fuck up, you can say, “I’m sorry” without fear that it will be seen as …

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Feb 17 2010

Tyson on abiogenesis

Please note that he does not talk about evolution *at all* until after life has formed. That’s because, as Neil de Grasse Tyson put it, abiogenesis is chemistry, not biology, and only becomes biology after the chain reaction starts. Yes, abiogenesis was once called chemical evolution (as chemicals do have a process by which they …

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Feb 17 2010

Greta Christina on Atheism & Sexuality

Jason and I started watching this wonderful lecture last night, and I tweeted about it then but I wanted to make sure everyone saw it. The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid ethical principles, but on a set of taboos about what kinds of sex God does and doesn’t …

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Feb 16 2010

Dan Dennett with Bill Moyers, on thinking in a religious context

This is spot-on. Religion feeds intellectual laziness. It wouldn’t be called “religion” otherwise. Hat tip to @BibleAlsoSays.

Feb 16 2010

No excuses

Well, I say that, and yet I’m going to give you excuses anyway. I’ve been slack lately, as between my newlywed duties and work’s ramp-up reaching its climax, I really haven’t had it in me to do any sort of proper blogging over the past few days — even when I have enough spare time. …

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Feb 14 2010

Valentine’s Day: video of our wedding ceremony

I finally have video to share, and on the traditional day-to-buy-things-for-your-loved-ones at that! Sorry it took so long. I didn’t really do any editing for the sound quality, and I certainly can’t edit out Dave’s back through the first part, though luckily someone was smart enough to move it halfway through the vows. After the …

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Feb 13 2010

They were for it before they were against it, then they took credit for it

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Fucking hypocrites, every one of ‘em. Give ‘em the truth, Maddow, they’ll just think it’s hell.

Feb 13 2010

Bacterial light show

This is awesome. Absolutely beautiful. Bacteria genetically altered to bioluminesce at a regular interval, and yet they exhibit emergent properties not specifically designed for in their synchronization. It gives you an idea about all these properties we biological entities have that SEEM designed, but are much more probably emergent properties of the existing and not-quite-random …

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