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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 29 2012

Unnatural shenanigans

Don’t tell Jerry Coyne. I am disturbed to see that cats are intruding on the cephalopod domain. Although…if I were a squid, I think I’d just see this as snack delivery.

Feb 29 2012

Botanical Wednesday: Doesn’t look a day over 25,000 to me

silene

This is a plant germinated from 32,000 year old tissue recovered from permafrost. I’ll take their word for it, but I’d still like to see some ID. (via NatGeo) (Also on FtB)

Feb 29 2012

I deserve to be flogged

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I have confessed over and over again that I was wrong about the atheist bus signs. I initially raised an eyebrow at the innocuous messages that people were putting on those things, and thought they should be louder and more inflammatory to catch any attention. And again and again I had to be proven wrong: …

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Feb 29 2012

Because we’ve been given so much to laugh at

Steve Kryger is complaining about the lineup at the GAC. It listed the usual suspects – Dawkins, Harris, Myers (and sadly not Hitchens). But then I was confused. Was the Atheist Convention trying to save money by co-advertising with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival? Out of the 34 speakers, 10 are comedians: Ben Elton, Mikey …

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Feb 29 2012

More criticism of Alain de Botton

Have you ever noticed the phenomenon where one person throws up, then everyone around them gets queasy, and then they start retching, and pretty soon everyone is having a pukefest? My emesis yesterday seems to have triggered a wave, with both JT and Martin geysering on cue. Hmmm. That wasn’t exactly an enchanting analogy, I …

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Feb 29 2012

I need more torsos!

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I seem to be peddling a lot of t-shirts lately, but I cannot resist this one. At this rate, I either need a couple of torsos or need to cultivate a habit of changing my shirt every hour.

Feb 29 2012

Why I am an atheist – AJ Champlin

There are a multitude of reasons that I’m an atheist. With the exception of a brief time as an “angstheist” when I was a teenager, none of those reasons include denial or anger. Rather than focus on the negative, I’d rather focus on positive and start from the beginning. I am an atheist because I …

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Feb 29 2012

The Mormons haven’t thought the consequences through

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I’ve got a class to teach in an hour and a mountain of snow to clear from my driveway and sidewalk, and the morning was looking rather grim. And then I saw this cartoon and laughed, so I feel better now. Mormon Heaven is going to be a much more interesting place now, especially since …

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Feb 28 2012

Another view of de Botton

Russell Blackford read de Botton’s latest book, and has an interesting take on it. I read Religion for Atheists on my flight over to the US – this is the new book by Alain de Botton. Verdict? Well, just quickly what I got out of it is that religions are comprehensive, totalitarian systems in which …

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Feb 28 2012

Schwaaaaaaag!

new_t

I know exactly what you’re thinking right now. The Reason Rally is less than a month away, and you have nothing to wear. You want to be fashionable, and you also want to declare your allegiance, affiliations, and your weird obsessions publicly. Whatever can you do? Go to the Pharyngula store. We have new stuff! …

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