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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 25 2011

Dear Jesse, please don’t give up your day job

Jesse Bering, the evolutionary psychologist, has decided to play Agony Aunt and has penned a collection of suggestions to reader questions. The gorge rises; one struggles to avoid flinging the laptop across the room. Take his answer to a “Deep-thinking Hebephile” who thinks we ought to reconsider age of consent laws, to make it easier …

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Dec 25 2011

#OccupyChristmas

Perhaps the Hitchens piece I just posted wasn’t curmudgeonly enough for you; seasoned Pharyngula veterans are already deeply cynical. If that’s the case, I have just the thing: Matt Taibbi has posted A Christmas Message From America's Rich, in which you can read about how corporate CEO’s are allowing you to have cake. Most of …

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Dec 25 2011

Why I am an atheist – Bernard Funk

My story is similiar to Nick Martin’s: I grew up in Germany in a traditional Catholic family. As a child I went to church (1-2 times a week) and I was also an altar boy. Nothing uncommon when you grow up in a rural area. Between the age of ca. 10-12 I was so devoted …

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Dec 25 2011

Bah, humbug

(Let’s start Christmas right with a cheerful piece from Christopher Hitchens) I used to harbor the quiet but fierce ambition to write just one definitive, annihilating anti-Christmas column and then find an editor sufficiently indulgent to run it every December. My model was the Thanksgiving pastiche knocked off by Art Buchwald several decades ago and …

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Dec 24 2011

All right, get off the net all of you

It’s Christmas eve! Spend some time with friends and family! My wife and I just had a lovely dinner with the kids at an Indian restaurant in Madison (Maharaja, highly recommended), and now my daughter has fixed us all glasses of potent glögg…after which we’ll pass out somewhere. Don’t you tell me what you’ve been …

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Dec 24 2011

I should just give up and move to Canada

canadianbacon

A reader just sent me a photo to prove Canadian superiority: they have evolutionary bacon. Now they also need a premium line called “Founder’s effect”, and maybe they could market scrapple under the “Random Drift” label.

Dec 24 2011

Should we try harder next year?

The “DefendChristians” website has a poll to determine the Top Ten Anti-Christian Acts of 2011. There are a few truly despicable things in there: apparently, someone threw a firebomb at an elderly woman protesting a reproductive health clinic in Kalispell, an action I would unambiguously condemn, if it happened. Unfortunately, it seems to have been …

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Dec 24 2011

Have a classy Christmas!

cthulhumass

Dec 24 2011

Anti-Caturday post

Baby lobsters are far more adorable than kittens! I am currently staying at my daughter’s house, where our former cat Midnight now lives. There may be some epic battles today, which he will win by peeing on me.

Dec 24 2011

Why I am an atheist – Jessica

Basically, I am an atheist because for me, the idea of a God, a ‘higher power’ or even just the universe being conscious and deliberate raises more questions than it answers. We all have the flaw of believing that because a question can be phrased, it can be answered. We ask ‘Why?’ and at first …

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