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Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 31 2013

Botanical Wednesday: Rootless

Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network

In my youthful days working as a nurseryman, I spent many hours scraping the liverworts out of plant pots — these things were everywhere and impossible to purge.

Jul 31 2013

The Great Troll War of 2013

The internet is taking an interesting tack: there’s increasing concern about doing something about trolls. I think it’s a bit of backlash, because really, they’ve gone far, far overboard — the volume of raw hate and stupidity in some of the worst places on the net is appalling — and I also think internet culture …

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Jul 31 2013

Cheaper than his soul

Hemant Mehta’s The Young Atheist's Survival Guide: Helping Secular Students Thrive is now available for the low, low price of 99 cents at the Kindle store. You students and advisors to students ought to snatch up a copy right now!

Jul 31 2013

Skepticon and ethical fundraising

skeptidinos

As you’ve probably heard, Skepticon is looking for donations to fund this year’s conference. They’re just hoping you’ll plunk a few dollars into their coffers, and they’ll be happy. I don’t know about these Deep-Fried Freethinkers, though. They’re doing something dangerous. They’re giving out chocolate dinosaurs in return for donations. Becoming an atheist made it …

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Jul 31 2013

Dragon*Con, you frustrate me

This is the time of year when people start plugging all the Dragon*Con skeptic events, and pre-events, like the Atlanta Star Party. And every year I am dismayed, because there is no way I can attend any of it — it’s the first week of classes. The week I am going slightly mad trying to …

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Jul 31 2013

Creationists are history denialists

My upcoming visit to Houston to join Aron and others in protesting Texas creationism is smoking all kinds of interesting characters out of the woodwork. Meet Dr. David Shormann (the “Dr.” must be his first name, he sure flings the title about), who has apparently been a person of some influence in shaping the Texas …

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Jul 31 2013

That St Anselm’s proof…it’s the best proof there is

SMBC

You can prove anything with the ontological argument.

Jul 31 2013

The anthropological perspective

Evolutionary psychologists are quite able to point to a few papers that are credible, interesting, and do the kind of comparative work that puts them in realm of doing real evolutionary science…but they always seem to be not evolutionary psychology, but more firmly grounded in ecological genetics or anthropology. I know! We should listen to …

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Jul 30 2013

Bradley Manning Not Guilty Of ‘Aiding The Enemy’

Bradley Manning is facing a whole laundry list of charges, but on the main one of aiding the enemy, Manning has been found not guilty. He’s still going to do a lot of jail time, rather than receiving a medal, though, and that’s another dark blot on American history. Zinnia Jones has more on Manning …

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Jul 30 2013

Knowledge is not a business

This summary of the corruption of higher ed strikes a chord with me. In their Fall 2012 article in Dissent, Aaron Bady and Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal reveal what higher education used to mean and how it was systematically destroyed. Bady and Konczal transport us to 1950s-’60s California, where bipartisan support for a University of California …

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