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Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 24 2012

Botanical Wednesday: Pumpkin spiral

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Oct 24 2012

Wheeee! <BOOM!> Here we go again!

Oh, this is going to be spectacular. Rebecca Watson just published a very good article about sexism in the skeptic community in Slate, and the comment thread there is already off and running with raging hemorrhoids whining at her. Expect it to spread further. Her closing paragraph, though, explains why we have to revisit this …

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Oct 24 2012

A reminder of my email change

In an effort to prioritize and clean up my flood of incoming email, a while back I announced an important change: I’ve partitioned my email so everything sent to [email protected] (my university email account) is handled on one machine, and general messages are dealt with at [email protected] My university email account is intended ONLY for …

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Oct 24 2012

What the embryologists really say

The anti-choice advocates are always citing a handful of embryologists in order to claim that scientists say human life begins at fertilization. The one fellow who is always getting cited in these claims is Keith L. Moore, a very familiar name in embryology circles, because he wrote several introductory texts on human embryology. I thought …

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Oct 24 2012

Evolution research is going on near you!

Probably. ProjectEvoMap is collecting data on where researchers in evolutionary biology can be found. It’s a little sparse right now — I know there’s a lot more research groups than appear on it so far — so you might want to add yourself (if you’re doing evolution research!) and help populate the data set.

Oct 24 2012

Thanks, Discovery Institute!

Evolution News & Views, the DI’s Pravda, did something good for a change: they alerted me to the availability of BBC 2′s show, Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell. Here it is! Secret Universe – The Hidden Life Of the Cell by David_Tennnant_Spain Of course, you can see why the DI would like …

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Oct 23 2012

Did anyone attend The Paradigm Symposium?

I’m just curious — The Paradigm Symposium was held last weekend in Minneapolis, featuring such remarkable stars of the wacky contingent as Erich von Däniken, Giorgio Tsoukalos, and George Noory. This is the conference I was invited to attend, but didn’t bother. For such a glitzily publicized event and a large collection of weird “stars”, …

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Oct 23 2012

Texas Freethought Convention’s ferociously one-sided debate

Want to watch Matt Dillahunty savagely demolish some poor innocent pro-lifer? It’s kind of like the ghastly video she shows near the end of her segment — rhetorical body parts and virtual pools of gore everywhere. Only sadists will click play on this video.

Oct 23 2012

Stedman being Stedman

Oh, christ, Chris Stedman has an excerpt from his book Faitheist on Salon. It’s classic Stedman, and classic accommodationism: it’s all about Stedman and how awful atheists are. He does a lot of humble bragging — he goes to a party with a bunch of cold, dead-eyed atheists who treat him dismissively, but hey, his …

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Oct 23 2012

Go say hello to A Million Gods

Yowza, Avicenna has joined FtB. In case you weren’t already following him, he’s a godless British Indian medical student, so we get the combination of a science-based perspective and outrage at the absurdity of religious propositions. Go forth and read!

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