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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 27 2012

Is innumeracy a prerequisite to being an MRA?

These numbers do not add up. A redditor is claiming that women are after men’s precious bodily fluids, because the average annual child support payment is $5,150. “Be careful with your sperm. Your very freedom is at stake,” he says. But this makes no sense. What woman would steal sperm to get impregnated for a …

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Dec 27 2012

No one should be embarrassed to speak the truth

Peter Higgs, the physicist, has spoken out against Richard Dawkins’ views. “What Dawkins does too often is to concentrate his attack on fundamentalists. But there are many believers who are just not fundamentalists,” Higgs said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. “Fundamentalism is another problem. I mean, Dawkins in a way is …

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Dec 27 2012

Canadian Atheists ask me questions

I got interviewed at Eschaton, and now it’s available on the interwebs. And they didn’t just ask me about poutine and hockey!

Dec 27 2012

Problem-solving 101

I have a question for you all. I was reading this article about our terribly violent cultural surroundings, which includes both the Bible and American movies. Whether history or mythology or some fusion of the two, the Bible stories, when tallied, include an estimated 25 million violent deaths. And yet, like any people, the internal …

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Dec 27 2012

Not at all clear on the concept

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Ah, what a lovely example of theistic incomprehension. Did you know that the reason Christians go to church is out of a sense of civic duty, even when they think church is godawful tedium? Why do atheists think that just because they are atheists that they don’t have to go to church? I don’t like …

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Dec 27 2012

Fishing for meaning in a dictionary of genes

I’ve constricted my anus 100 times, and it isn’t helping! I’m still feeling extremely cranky about this story from the NY Times. Scientists intend to sequence Adam Lanza’s DNA. They’re looking for genetic markers for mass murder. Why? Because some scientists are stupid. Some researchers, like Dr. Arthur Beaudet, a professor at the Baylor College …

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Dec 27 2012

The War on Christmas: The Aftermath

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The last few days, Doonesbury has been all about the heartbreaking casualties of the War on Christmas. As the consequences pile up and the full horrific effects of the war accumulate, I am undaunted and vow to continue the fight — I don’t give a damn about how many plaster baby Jesii find themselves confined …

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Dec 26 2012

An insider’s perspective on Dover

Via Ron Sullivan, who posted a link on the Great Blue Evil, an amusing story about a visit to Big Bend National Park in which the ranger in residence turns out not to be from around there: Bob Hamilton 65, is a retired biology teacher and high school principal from Carlisle, Pa. He works six …

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Dec 26 2012

Botanical Wednesday: So that’s what a tree looks like to a fish

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(via NatGeo)

Dec 26 2012

I wonder what lesson Joshua Becker learned?

Becker is one of those guys who thinks it is fun to sexually harass women over the internet. Only this time, the woman fought back smartly and rationally. And tracked down her harasser and threatened to send Joshua Becker’s mother the screencaps of the chat. I suspect, though, that the only lesson he learned was …

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