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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 31 2013

Magic Irish electro-water for sale

Tell me, do you think this announcement is at all credible? A GROUNDBREAKING new Irish technology which could be the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough is set to change the face of modern farming forever. That’s a rather…extravagant…claim. And published in the Irish Independent — I looked quite closely for a disclaimer that …

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Aug 31 2013

Finally! An evolutionary explanation for evolutionary psychology

It’s simple, really. Evolutionary psychology evolved to provide a niche for the evolutionary psychology douchebag. And that article further provides a niche for all the evolutionary psychology douchebags who are nesting in the comments, oblivious to how tired their songs are.

Aug 31 2013

Science Guy changes the world

Aug 31 2013

We’re all bad together here…and proud of it

Zinnia Jones is rightly resentful when a blogger who goes by the name “the atheist asshole” calls her “one of the good ones”. They’re missing the truth: while she’s all straightforward and civil and all that, she’s also one of our top bad-asses on Freethoughtblogs. For that matter, we’ve got a fairly thorough review procedure …

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Aug 31 2013

I’m holding this excuse in reserve

Sick-Day

You know how, as the work piles up and the grading becomes onerous and the students get more demanding and critical, you sometimes need a day off? I wonder if my division secretary would be sympathetic if I called in and said I had the brain whispers really bad one day. Actually, the secretaries sometimes …

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Aug 31 2013

Thanks, M.D. Anderson, for adding another confounding variable

I’ve been talking to my class this week (and it’s going to be a theme next week) about the difficulty of analyzing epidemiological data on cancer — that there are so many steps to cancer progression and so many environmental and genetic inputs to the disease that sorting them all out is extremely complex. What …

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Aug 30 2013

Comments screwed up

Hang tight, everyone, you aren’t banned (well, some of you are. Go away). We’re having some strange technical problems right now, where everyone’s comments are being automatically tossed into moderation. The masters of the machines are working on it now. Meanwhile, I’m manually approving comments as fast as I can, but I’ve got all these …

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Aug 30 2013

Stunned silence

I’m at a loss for words. Elyse was raped. Several times. In different ways. The world sucks in so many ways, doesn’t it? And I get to float above all of it, buoyed by my wings of privilege.

Aug 30 2013

Friday Cephalopod: The virtues of a distributed nervous system

octopus-arms

The bulk of an octopus’s nervous system is not in its brain, but its arms. So scientists have studied isolated octopus arms and found that they retain substantial responsiveness to the environment. It’s depressing. I love eating big molluscs, but I’ve had to cut them out of my diet because there is just too much …

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Aug 30 2013

If it’s a dudebro culture, of course women won’t be a “culture fit”

Remember Dave Winer’s speculation that women were biologically unfit for the tech industry? He should have just asked the women why they were avoiding the field — it turns out when you do that, they don’t say “Math is hard” or “I just like shopping”. Instead, they point to abusive, denigrating policies and a culture …

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