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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 29 2012

Blending in

icelandichat

I’ve been doing the tourist thing this morning, and I bought a hat. I thought it would make me look more like the natives. Except that it’s warm and sunny, and Icelanders don’t look like madmen. Rats, foiled again.

May 29 2012

Why I am an atheist – Giulia

I grew up in a small village in the country, and so I had the great fortune of being a kid surrounded by nature. I used to play outside everyday and catch frogs and insects – and soon I was completely fascinated by the animals and the plants that lived around me. I took interest …

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May 29 2012

Episode CCCXXXI: Working on the tone

Apparently, I’ve been doing it wrong — I need to demand that you bring me beer. (Episode CCCXXX: People I’ve talked to.)

May 29 2012

Bruce Schneier vs. Sam Harris

The debate on profiling has been going on, and is now published. I think Schneier has rather thoroughly demolished Harris’s arguments. Here’s his wrap-up, if you don’t want to read the whole thing. The topic of this exchange, and the topic I’ve tried to stick to, is whether it makes sense to implement a two-tiered …

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May 29 2012

HÆTTA!

haetta

Every time I visit Australia, the inhabitants proudly tell me how every living thing on the continent wants to kill me in horrible, awful ways. Now that I’ve visited Iceland, I can just laugh at them and tell them I’ve visited a place where the earth rises up and tries to kill you in horrible, …

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May 29 2012

Still alive

Cologne26_5_2012

Hey, gang! I haven’t forgotten the blog! I’m just in all these strange exciting places meeting strange new people and have been too busy to pay much attention to this internet thingie for a bit. I just left Germany — here I am with Taslima, Tanya Smith, and Rebecca Watson — and am now wandering …

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May 28 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Startling!

redsquirrel

(via Wikimedia)

May 28 2012

Why I am an atheist – L.S.

I come from a Colombian Catholic middle class family. I was enrolled in a Franciscan school for girls when I was 4. All the women in my family had attended, were attending or would attend Colegio Alvernia. It was a family tradition. At school, we weren’t allowed to go to mass until we were 7– …

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May 27 2012

The AAI meeting in Cologne

Hey, I’m leaving Germany. I spent my morning and early afternoon hanging out with lovely smart people, as I’ve been doing all week — Taslima Nasreen, Michael Nugent, Rebecca Watson, Leo Igwe, and all the good attendees who’d come out to Köln for the AAI meeting. Then I spent the rest of the afternoon riding …

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May 27 2012

Why I am an atheist – Quinn

Hello. My name is Quinn, and I am an atheist. I am also a (not very anonymous) recovering alcoholic, which makes the aforementioned atheism difficult to maintain in the face of fellow members of Alcoholics Anonymous. And it requires a fair amount of mental contortion and gymnastics if one intends to put into practice any …

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