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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 29 2012

Do not disturb for a little bit

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I’m home at last. I actually get to spend like 9 consecutive days here without setting foot in an airplane or driving hundreds of miles…and it’s such a relief for now. And it’s so nice to be sent this soothing image. Now I get to sleep in a little while.

Apr 29 2012

Episode CCCXXII: Do we want to encourage this sort of thing?

A singing Darwin. Eh, I don’t know about this. (Episode CCCXXI: Choke on it, Breivik.)

Apr 29 2012

Why I am an atheist – Libby Anne

I was raised on the line between fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity. I was homeschooled, and nearly every subject was related to God and the Bible. History was His story and our science textbooks were all creationists. My parents were great fans of Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis and I was taught to use “creation …

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Apr 28 2012

Why I am an atheist – Tracy Hemenover

Because I finally stopped bullshitting myself that I believed in “something out there”, not anything portrayed in any of the religious texts, but “something”. Anything to not have to think that scary A word. Because the universe and everything in it, and everything we know about how it works, makes much more sense if there …

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Apr 28 2012

Madisonian Gathering?

I’m at UW Madison right now…after the meeting ends at 6, any recommendations for an impromptu Pharyngula gathering? Shall me just meet in the ratskeller in the nearby student union? I’ll be there anyway, maybe I can haul in a few other notorious people. Decision made! Gather at State Street Brats, Ratskeller (again…organizers are gathering …

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Apr 27 2012

A Krauss concession

Lawrence Krauss annoyed quite a few people with his jokes about the uselessness of philosophy in recent talks. He has now published an apology — he actually has a qualified dislike of certain kinds of philosophy, that which ignores empirical evidence, but otherwise appreciates the views of many other philosophers. So, to those philosophers I …

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Apr 27 2012

The Pirates! With Charles Darwin!

In the UK, they released an exciting new movie a while back, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists. I have the book. It’s marvelous: it prominently features pirates, beards, scientists, and Charles Darwin, and is exactly the kind of story I like. The good news! It’s just been released in the US. The peculiar …

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Apr 27 2012

Hey-o, Madison!

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I’m about to depart for this event: Mary and I have 7 hours of driving ahead of us. It’s going to be no fun at all, although it looks like the meeting will definitely be worth it. One peeve, though: the two speakers I most want to hear are Kevin Padian and Elliott Sober, and …

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Apr 27 2012

Friday Cephalopod: Onward! Upward!

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(via Oceanwide Images) (Also on Sb)

Apr 27 2012

The Narwhal Curse

I would love to have one of these Massive Squishable Narwhals, but then I realized that I’d never be able to look at it without the Narwhal song popping into my head. It’d be like having a Massive Decorative Bag of Crack hanging on my wall. You’re not playing that video, are you? Sorry.

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