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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 30 2012

Hey, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio!

What the hell is wrong with you, stupid hospital? I just got an email from the parent of one of your patients. He reports that there are four bibles in the hospital room, and further, as an organization with a mind so open that the contradictions and conflicts blow breezily by with no actual interference …

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Mar 30 2012

Last call for the Midwest Science of Origins Conference

The conference starts here in Morris tonight, with an opening lecture by yours truly on the evolution of creationism in the science auditorium on campus. It’s just the one event, so you’re forgiven if you only show up tomorrow for the main course — a day of science and philosophy, starting at 10am and continuing …

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Mar 30 2012

Why I am an atheist – Rod Chlebek

Religion didn’t seem to be very important in my earliest years. We didn’t pray or go to church except for maybe twice a year and then whenever someone died or got married. Strangely, I ended up in Catechism in preparation for First Communion. Somehow I botched that up and didn’t attend when I was expected …

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Mar 30 2012

Friday Cephalopod: They’re evolving wings!

cephalogull

Forget that goofy crocoduck. I want a cephalogull. Actually, this isn’t an octopus growing bird wings. I have a whole series of violent photos of the event — it’s a very cunning octopus that oozed up to the Ogden Point breakwater in Victoria, BC, reached up silently with it’s suckered arms, and dragged a seagull …

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Mar 29 2012

The future of Republican health care

Here’s how it’s going to work. You’re a 68 year old black man with a serious heart condition, and a medic alert bracelet, just in case. You accidentally press it one night. Don’t expect an ambulance with EMTs. The police will come to your door and demand admission. You will say, “Please leave me alone. …

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Mar 29 2012

Aww, I started to tear up a little

Here’s a nice video summary of the Reason Rally. I am so happy to have been there. P.S. Some of the UMM students make a brief appearance. So do I, but in the only blurry photo in the whole piece — it must not be just my aging eyes, I actually am getting fuzzy around …

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Mar 29 2012

Parasitism pays, as long as the parasite smiles

This is a little bit like confessing to kicking puppies, or thinking flowers stink, or hating rainbows. But I have to be me. I don’t like the Dalai Lama. Not one bit. I’ll go further: I find him repulsive and creepy. Sure, he smiles a lot, and he acts like a nice guy…but the same …

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Mar 29 2012

I get email

This is the ladies-love-me edition of I get email. Susan wrote to instruct me in my religion, and tell me about her husband. My dear sir-you are not an atheist. You are quite simply “your own god”-and you worship at the altar of your intellect. I am married to your counterpart-also a professor-also a biologist-and …

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Mar 29 2012

So nice, and so wrong

What do you do on airplanes? I usually devour a book or two, usually something popcorny and light, sometimes something I need to get read for work. On my trip home from Washington DC, I lucked out: I was handed a book the day I took off, and it turned out to be a damned …

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Mar 29 2012

I hate Thursdays

Mondays aren’t bad—I’ve had the weekend to get ready and get some of the backlog cleared away, so I can go into class prepared and confident. Wednesday’s pretty good, too, since that’s actually the day with my lightest teaching load. Tuesdays and Thursdays, though, my morning is effectively blocked out with nothing but teaching, and …

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