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Daily Archive: 23 June 2014

Jun 23 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Children of the night. What music they make!

sn-batsong

This one isn’t about the picture; go listen to the singing of the bats.

Jun 23 2014

Not All Physicists

Sean Carroll criticizes those physicists who say silly things about philosophy, answering three common, and erroneous, complaints from the ‘philosophy is dead!’ mob. It’s pretty good, and I was thinking that maybe this would finally sink in, but then I read the comments. Oh, boy. My favorite was the guy who said philosophy is pointless …

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Jun 23 2014

Sometimes, atheism costs

You know, atheists don’t do a good job of providing that essential social safety net, and the American ‘I got mine’ philosophy means the government often does a poor job, too. We just have to try and cobble together an ad hoc safety net. Here’s a case in point: a person who joined a church, …

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Jun 23 2014

Human beings seeking a better life

Italian navy rescue asylum seekers

That’s what I see in this boatload of immigrants trying to reach Italy. There have been several mass drownings recently, and the Italian navy is trying to rescue people. It’s not clear from the article what they do with them — are they granted asylum in Italy? Or sent back? Or parked in a refugee …

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Jun 23 2014

Further evidence that Republicans have signed the divorce papers from reality

South Dakota Republicans are demanding the impeachment of Obama. The South Dakota Republican Party passed a resolution on Saturday calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Delegates at the party’s annual convention in Rapid City voted 191-176 in favor of the measure, which claims that the president has "violated his oath of office in …

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Jun 23 2014

No, not evolutionary biology, too!

We’ve heard so much about bad behavior at conferences, and how sexist attitudes can suppress the contributions of women. And it doesn’t seem to matter what the conference is about: tech, gaming, atheism, skepticism, philosophy, you name it. Now Prof-Like Substance describes the scene at evolutionary biology conferences, explaining how many women are hesitant to …

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Jun 23 2014

Come for the Oz-kicking, stay for the information

This is an excellent piece on that quack, Dr Oz, by John Oliver. The first 5 minutes is spent mocking the fraud, but then, the last ten minutes are all about the real problem: the evisceration of the FDA’s regulatory power over supplements, thanks to Senators Hatch and Harkin. OK, there is a silly bit …

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Jun 23 2014

Let’s just call them traitors

The religious right has been having a grand old time at the Faith and Freedom Conference this past weekend. Some of it is laughable, like this decorative addition to the urinals at the venue. That’s silly and stupid, but part of the usual political discourse. I’d have been happy to piss on Ronald Reagan or …

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Jun 23 2014

Cats and Ayn Rand

aynandcats

Ayn Rand wrote to the editor of Cat Fancy magazine in 1966. This gem of literary philosophy has been preserved for us. If only she were alive today to pontificate on LOLcats.