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Name: PZ Myers
Date registered: 18 July 2011
URL: http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula

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  1. The "you’re freakin’ kidding me" poll — 23 April 2014
  2. Right-wing lies flourish on their propaganda organs — 23 April 2014
  3. The Deepening Rift — 23 April 2014
  4. What is it about the word "choice" that you don’t understand? — 23 April 2014
  5. Ben Affleck’s new Batman costume…revealed! — 23 April 2014

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Apr 23 2014

The "you’re freakin’ kidding me" poll

Trying to do theology by internet poll sounds … unwise. Is Jesus Christ the son of God? Yes 56.9% No 43.1%

Apr 23 2014

Right-wing lies flourish on their propaganda organs

Wheee! I’m featured on OneNewsNow, the Far Right Christian online ‘news’ organization. It’s the same old thing. University of Minnesota-Morris Professor Paul Z. Myers has encouraged students to gather up and trash all copies of an independent student newspaper [Not true. I said the university ought to prohibit their racist rag in the same way …

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Apr 23 2014

The Deepening Rift

rift

When I visited Iceland a while back, one of the sights I got to see was the dividing line between Europe and North America — one spot on the actual, physical dividing line between the tectonic plates. It was a literal rift. Another fascinating thing about it is that it’s growing. These plates are slowly …

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Apr 23 2014

What is it about the word "choice" that you don’t understand?

I don’t follow the British popular press very closely, but Josie Cunningham must have done something truly evil. To read Cunningham’s mentions on Twitter is to explore a world of medieval morality I didn’t think still existed in the UK. The "murdering cow" needs "locking up", you see. "It’s a mental institute you need," explains …

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Apr 23 2014

Ben Affleck’s new Batman costume…revealed!

Stephen Byrne

There were groans of dismay throughout Nerd-dom when it was announced that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in the next movie in the franchise. But then the always over-the-top Kevin Smith saw the costume. “I saw the Batman costume. More than that, I saw a picture of [Ben Affleck] in the costume…I don’t want …

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Apr 22 2014

I’m going to Seattle!

It’s a good deal — I’m going to spend a few days with my family, and then on Thursday, 5 June, at 7:30pm, I’ll be at Town Hall to talk about An Atheist’s Insight. I’m planning on specifically addressing the conflict between science and religion, and then opening it up to a nice thorough Q&A …

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Apr 22 2014

A new era for Pharyngula!

I have seen the light, and all future blog posts will be automatically generated by reionizing their electrons. Life will not only be easier, but more profitable. Namaste. The goal of ultra-sentient particles is to plant the seeds of consciousness rather than delusion. To follow the path is to become one with it. By blossoming, …

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Apr 22 2014

How kinesin actually moves

Horizontal grid lines (dotted lines) are spaced 8 nm apart. Data were median-filtered with a window width of 60 ms. b, Normalized histogram of pairwise distances between all pairs of data points in this record, showing a clear 8-nm periodicity. c, Normalized power spectrum of the data in b, displaying a single prominent peak at the reciprocal of 8 nm (arrow). d, Variance in position, averaged over 28 runs at 2 microM ATP (dots), and line fit over the interval 3.5 ms to 1.1 s. The y-intercept of the fit is determined by equipartition,  left fencex2right fence = kT/alpha, where alpha is the combined stiffness of the optical trap and bead–microtubule linkage. The rapid rise in variance at short times reflects the brownian correlation time for bead position.

Recently, Carl Zimmer made a criticism of the computer animations of molecular events (it’s the same criticism I made 8 years ago): they’re beautiful and they’re informative, but they leave out the critical aspect of stochastic behavior that is important in understanding the biochemistry. He’s talking specifically about kinesin, a transport protein which the animators …

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Apr 22 2014

I get email

I’ve always wondered when the silly season was. I guess it’s April. I’m getting so much loony email lately that I have to marvel at my inbox — no longer merely a stack of obligations and nagging, it also contains imbedded within it little gems of high weirdness. For instance, “Tom Hyndman” doesn’t like me. …

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Apr 22 2014

Got sand in your…?

Do not search for information on getting sand in your genitals. It’s a morass of nonsense out there, with all kinds of bizarre pop culture notions. Most of it seems to be about getting sand in your vagina, which is treated as slogan to mock and trivialize women’s problems, but getting sand under your foreskin…oh, …

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