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Joey commented on Dorksome's blog post Conservative christain's campaign to stop birth control pills.
"@PRG: The most recent (and most common) one I can think of was Phyllis Schlafly."
May 15, 2010
Prog Rock Girl commented on Dorksome's blog post Conservative christain's campaign to stop birth control pills.
"Joey, who was this that said women voting started the moral decline? It seems though that only the most hardcore (and religious) pro-lifers are actually against birth control. Most people I know who just "think abortion is wrong" (but are…"
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feralboy12 commented on Dorksome's blog post Conservative christain's campaign to stop birth control pills.
"Stupid jerks can't even read their own stupid holy book. Leviticus states quite clearly, more than once, that "the life of the creature is in the blood." So, according to the bible, life begins something like 18 days after…"
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Rusty Gunn. commented on Dorksome's blog post Conservative christain's campaign to stop birth control pills.
"Every major problem on this planet is caused by or exacerbated by the fact that we now have in excess of 6.5 BILLION people on this planet. Its the big elephant in the room that nobody seems to want to talk about. We are starting to have some…"
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Jennifer Anderson commented on Dorksome's blog post Conservative christain's campaign to stop birth control pills.
"Ugh, FURIOUS doesn't even describe my feelings on this. Despite the fact that my uterus is NOBODY else's business, do ANY of these whack jobs know that birth control pills are taken for other conditions too, such as Polycycstic Ovary…"
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Tak G. commented on Dorksome's blog post Conservative christain's campaign to stop birth control pills.
"Anti abortionists are usually theists and I find it baffling they are SO against abortions when something like 15-20% of pregnancies end in spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) before week 20 of gestation - most often due to chromosomal abnormalities.…"
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Joey commented on Dorksome's blog post Conservative christain's campaign to stop birth control pills.
"That's strange. You'd think all the anti-abortion folks would be bang along the idea of birth control. Of course they're not really anti-abortion, they're anti-woman, so it doesn't really play out that way. Their only goal…"
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Conservative christain's campaign to stop birth control pills.

Posted on May 15, 2010 at 9:54am 7 Comments

50 years after birth control pills were first available for public use and women are still fighting with conservative politicians and religious associations that are trying to reverse these earlier decisions. They are trying to take the right of women to have access to birth control. I will never understand how conservative Republicans want run on the platform of small government yet still want the government to control things like education and women's rights.…



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The Penis-Shaped Minds of Some Wacky Writers

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 12:00am 1 Comment



This article link will take you to the rantings of an idiot by the name of Tony Ortega who argues not only that evolutionary psychology is stupid but specifically the people working at my university.



my comment to his featured blog:



Great job Tony, you managed to attack an entire field of science

without providing any… Continue

Debunking Creationism_ Part 3: The human eye is too complex

Posted on March 12, 2010 at 2:22pm 2 Comments

The other half of my friends argument taken from Behe's book regarding the immense complexities of the human eye.



Section taken from Michael J. Behe's book Darwin Black Box:

But let's touch on the subject of Darwin's theory of how complex eyes evolved:

In the 19th century, the anatomy of the eye was known in detail. The

pupil of the eye, scientists knew, acts as a shutter to let in enough

light to see in either brilliant…
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Debunking Creationism_ Part 2: Blood is too complex

Posted on March 12, 2010 at 2:20pm 2 Comments



In response to my opening statements my friend referenced some very popular arguments from a book entitled Darwin Black Box by Michael J. Behe.



My friend:

You should sit down and talk to my brother one of these days

though. He's reading a book called Darwin's Black Box. I don't know if

you've read it but you should give it a gander. One of the things my

brother explained is…
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Debunking Creationism Part 1

Posted on March 12, 2010 at 2:18pm 4 Comments



Recently a friend on facebook posted some religious propaganda. I am normally not one to care if someone wants to openly express his or her belief about a particular God or religion. That would be very

hypocritical of me considering I study why people believe in religion.

I do, however, have a breaking point.



Case in point this is the post my friend made that prompted me to write the next few blogs.



I don't… Continue

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At 5:11am on March 26, 2009, Cory Ceville said…
Hi new friend...maybe we can get into some free thinking convo soon. I'm looking foward to this add...thanx. Ur 954 I'm 305..Wow!!
At 11:39pm on September 4, 2008, Evolver said…
thanks for the add! :)
At 1:27pm on September 4, 2008, Greyfax Grimwald said…
So... what's the currect PC way of telling a complete stranger how hot she is? =)
At 2:10am on July 26, 2008, Ben Barnett said…
Glad to hear you like Dennett. I've read those two books as well, and have begun reading Consciousness Explained, too. He's a brilliant man. My good friend works with him and is mentioned in the intro to Breaking the Spell. Any book recommendations for me?
At 1:50am on July 23, 2008, UpliftedApe said…
Nice! I am envious in the extreme! I would like to talk to Adam for just 10 minutes.
I tried the pop up chat thing on this site, but I am unsure of how effective it is.
Medical Physics has become a very broad field. It is defined by 2 primary directions: Imaging and Radiation therapy. I do a variation on the imaging portion. Physicists and Med Physicists developed all modern imaging modalities, and continue to improve their spatial resolution, contrast, and useability. In the legal frame work mammography and fluroscopy need to be accredited legally to be used. The other imaging modalities have minimum quality standards laid down by our professional society we join that allows accredited facilities to charge more for their services (sad I know, we say it's good and people get billed more). The research side of what I do is trying to bring a new level specificity to the imaging modalities. Most imaging modalities have excellent sensitivity, but very poor specificity. so we can yes there is a lesion there, but we typically have no idea what type of lesion or disease it is. So label various compounds, liposomes, and antibodies or enzymes with radionuclides and then using specialized instrumentation we can image to 1mm to sub mm resolution in vivo in various animal models. I do MicroSPECT imaging of osteolytic lesions caused by multiple myeloma in a transgenic mouse model. Essentially I am trying to find a correlation in radiotracer up take into bone with or without tumor burden. Once I have a baseline we have some new drugs that one of the theoretical side effects is proliferation of osteoblasts and a return of healthy bone regeneration. So after application of the drug we should see an increase in radiotracer uptake. We then take samples of the subject and correspond them to the images to make sure we are correlating things correctly and then the radiologists transition them into the clinic for human use. So we do a large amount of translational and preclinical work. We also work on cancer treatment with radionuclides in combination with new drugs and new therapies that have been recently developed that are proving to have amazing results. A good friend is working on a new radiotracer for use in PET imaging for cancer detection that is much more sensitive than the current tracer used with fewer imaging artifacts from various misc biological uptake. The other thing we do is functional brain imaging with MRI and PET. They have done white matter water track mapping and grey matter distribution maps, but areas of activation and looking at upstream and downstream effects from different paradigms is the big thing right now. A good friend uses magnetic fields to drive neurons and produce various effects in the brain that are just mind boggling to watch. Applying the fields at different frequencies and areas of the brain make people speak or hear gibberish but they can write or read the information correctly and repeat it correctly in another way.

If you would like to know more or see images of the lab/work and some of the papers we do let me know.

What sort of research does your group focus on?
At 10:49pm on July 22, 2008, spazdaq said…
repent
At 7:12pm on July 22, 2008, Ben Barnett said…
Dorksome,

If you care to, please check out my blog. I'm trying to get a little more 'atheist' readership. If you like what you see, pass on the link to friends.

www.createcognitivedissonance.wordpress.com

Are you a fan of Dennett?

Ben
At 11:43pm on July 20, 2008, PhillyChief said…
Noble endeavors. I wish you the best with that.
At 10:47pm on July 20, 2008, UpliftedApe said…
I wish you the best
discrediting pseudosciences and fighting against those who want to teach mythology as fact in science classes.
After you complete your degree I suggest a career with the Mythbusters.

I really dislike pseudosciences and the perpetuation of stupid urban legends and myths based on dogma and stupidity, and really just plain ignorance/laziness to try and discover the truth (which is often simple) for themselves.

I am 3rd year Ph.D candidate and just passed my qualifying exam. I can definitely relate to the challenges you face ahead. Good luck with your studies and research!
At 12:52pm on July 20, 2008, The Good Atheist said…
Discrediting pseudoscience eh? A girl after my own heart. you might actually enjoy my podcast. http://www.thegoodatheist.net

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