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Monthly Archive: February 2014

Feb 28 2014

[Thunderdome]

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This is Thunderdome, the unmoderated open thread on Pharyngula. Say what you want, how you want. Status: UNMODERATED; Previous thread

Feb 28 2014

Friday Cephalopod: So, I failed the test, like, twice. Now what do I do?

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I tried to take the cephalopod intelligence test. James Wood, a teuthologist (cephalopod scientist), imagined creating an intelligence test for humans, by an octopus: “So the octopus thinks: ‘All right. I’m going to make an intelligence test for humans, because they show a little bit of promise, in a very few ways.’ And the first …

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Feb 28 2014

What is Kent Hovind doing with his time in prison?

I know you’re all wondering that, since he’ll be getting out in August 2015. We know he’s been talking to God, who has been reassuring him that he’s wonderful and right and unjustly imprisoned, but he’s also planning lawsuits for the instant he gets out (pdf), with at least one already planned against RationalWiki. So …

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Feb 28 2014

I don’t mean to be neglecting the blog today

But I’m neglecting the blog today. I’m finally at #scio14, and it’s busy busy busy. So far today I’ve been in sessions on reaching diverse audiences and on doing better at serving differently abled communities, because I’d like to do both, and this afternoon there’s stuff on media and networks and who knows what that …

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Feb 27 2014

Say hello to Kaveh Mousavia

Freethoughtblogs has a new addition, Margin of Error, by an Iranian atheist. His first post is up; it’s a general critique of Islam. First day here and he’s already writing stuff that could get him jailed or worse in his home country.

Feb 26 2014

So that’s what zebrafish are made of

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They’re much simpler than I expected.

Feb 26 2014

I’m on my way to #scio14

That’s not good news. The good news will be “I’m at #scio14“, because I’ve got a lot of traveling ahead of me. And it’s been one of those days that I always dread: the day I have to return tests in genetics. I write hard tests…well, not really that hard conceptually, but I avoid questions …

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Feb 26 2014

I have an idea…we build some giant robots, then…

May I just say that there aren’t any large multicellular animals that stand a chance against human technology — they are intrinsically fragile — which makes the fear of this creature rather unbelievable. I’m much more terrified of microorganisms. Also, Bryan Cranston doesn’t look a thing like Raymond Burr. But I might actually enjoy this …

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Feb 25 2014

American Atheists…expelled!

Just today I mentioned that American Atheists were going to have a booth at CPAC, which prompted many of you to say that you’d rather atheists didn’t attempt to recruit from that mob of sanctimonious assholes. You didn’t have to worry. CPAC had their own idea. On Tuesday, American Atheists President David Silverman received a …

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Feb 25 2014

Glad you couldn’t make it

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I just got back from our Cafe Scientifique meeting, and it was a fabulous success: attendance was over 60 (which is why I’m glad you couldn’t make it — it was standing room only as it was) and we had a good representative sampling of the Morris community. I don’t know what the secret of …

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