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Archives for November, 2006

Lobster vs. Sea Hare

Ah, Aplysia. Also known as the sea hare, Aplysia is a common preparation used in neurobiology labs; it’s a good sized beastie with the interesting defense mechanism of spewing out clouds of mucusy slime and purple ink when agitated. I well remember coming into the physiology lab in the morning to find a big bucket…

A miracle has occurred in Florida! The Ten Commandments have appeared at the Dixie County Courthouse. A six-ton block of granite bearing the Ten Commandments had been installed atop the courthouse steps. Inscribed at the base was the admonition to “Love God and keep his commandments.” The concept of a Ten Commandments monument was endorsed…

I’m not a big fan of Steven Pinker’s work, but I have to agree with just about everything he says in this letter arguing against the planned “Reason and Faith” requirement at Harvard. First, the word “faith” in this and many other contexts, is a euphemism for “religion.” An egregious example is the current administration’s…

As we sober academics are fond of saying, “Squeeee!” Now I can get my own Cephalopodmas tentacle loaded with chthonic Cephalopodmas carols. I’m definitely putting this on my Cephalopodmas list.

This is an experiment

Acephalous is trying to measure the rate of propagation of links across the net. He’s asking everyone to link to his post (so this may just be shameless blog-whoring under the guise of doing science), exhort our readers to do likewise, and he’s going to be monitoring its movement through Technorati, and will report the…

Another dogmatic ism

My eyes have been opened. All this time, I’ve simply been taking for granted a common biological theory, and now that I’ve been alerted to the controversy, I’ve had to rethink the evidence. I’ve merely assumed that sexual reproductionism is valid. This fellow has completely ripped the idea apart.

In case you’ve been wondering

It has been officially determined that you are not allowed to have sex with animals, even if they are dead. I’m now getting a weird vibe off of these natural lamb condoms…are they illegal in Wisconsin now? I also think this device has acquired a new level of perversion.

? Peace, man ?

There is this woman in Colorado who’s being sued for displaying a peace symbol on her home—it’s very weird. A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol…

? Peace, man ?

There is this woman in Colorado who’s being sued for displaying a peace symbol on her home—it’s very weird. A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol…

Oh, no…not more Chopra!

Deepak Chopra continues his weird riff on Dawkins The God Delusion with an eruption of New Age babble. This time he says he’s going to do a “thought experiment” to disprove materialism. It doesn’t.