BacteriaWrangler's Blog (14)

Belief and Political Correctness

Cross-posted from my blog.



As far as I'm concerned, ideas are infinitely preferable to beliefs. People get hung up on beliefs. They take them personally. For example, I don't believe that God doesn't exist; the evidence suggests that God doesn't exist. If the evidence changes, I'll have to get a new idea. Obviously, not everyone uses this… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on August 11, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

BW's Heroes: Coolest Mad Scientist Ever

Cross-posted from my blog.







This guy right here? He is the shit.



Nikola Tesla is my hero. When most people think about Mad Scientists, they are thinking of Tesla...only he actually existed, and was actually mad. Literally, there's evidence to support that he was obsessive-compulsive at least. He held conventions… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on August 10, 2010 at 4:39pm — 2 Comments

Thoughts on Happiness

Cross-posted from my blog.



As I may have mentioned before, I am an atheist. As such, I see life as a temporary thing. One of my main goals is to experience said life as thoroughly and as richly as possible, and to make it better for others to the best of my ability. As far as I'm concerned, we only get one shot at things. If you aren't happy, then you need to change things until you are.… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on August 10, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Priorities, people!



Cross-posted from my blog.



If I need help, I do not stop and wonder if the person who is helping me believes in God. I do not concern myself with their personal life at all, really. They are helping me. I say 'Thank you'. So when I read about this, I was rather… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on August 4, 2010 at 5:11pm — 2 Comments

The Evil Forces of Misinformation

Cross-posted from my blog.



There are a lot of things in this world that annoy me. Fundamentalists, Fox News, Jenny McCarthy and the anti-vax nuts...they all make me a little crazy and prone to violent ranting. So does passive-aggressiveness, but that's neither here nor there. The thing that these… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on August 3, 2010 at 6:38pm — 2 Comments

Ever wonder what will happen to your pets after the Rapture?

Cross-posted from my blog.



My grandmother is a huge fan of the 'Left Behind' books. I find them to be generally distasteful, but interesting in concept. The question of what the rest of us would do if some significant portion of the population was 'gone' (abducted by aliens, turned into zombies, killed by a plague, wiped out in a war,… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on August 2, 2010 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Might I suggest a blindfold?

Cross-posted from my blog.



Women are sexy. Confident women especially so. It is entirely understandable that men, seeing our awesome sexiness, are affected by it. Call it 'arousing lust' or 'temptation' or whatever you want, it's natural and it's not a big deal. Or at least, it shouldn't be. Throughout history though, women have been held to different standards

of dress and behavior… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on July 29, 2010 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

How many times has the world ended so far, exactly?

Cross-posted from my blog.



When I first read about this a few weeks ago it made me chuckle. Agape Ministries, an Old Testament cult in Indiana, convinced several of their followers to donate large sums of money to the church based on the idea… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on July 28, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

How about not being a Dick? Have you tried that?

Cross-posted from my blog.



Oh, the things people will do to help their fellow man See the Light! That's right, it's International Burn a Koran Day! It even has a Facebook page, so… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on July 27, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

This is so gay.

Cross-posted from my blog.



I am all about equality. Really, it's a big deal to me and it'll probably come up a lot in my writing. The gay rights issue is huge and multi-faceted, but there is a particular aspect of it I would like to explore. To facilitate that, I'm going to make my general position (which I am not interested in exploring) clear from the beginning:…



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Added by BacteriaWrangler on July 22, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Malaria-proof Mosquitoes!

Cross-posted from my blog.



This is some seriously cool shit. Entomologists and geneticists at the University of Arizona modified a single gene in the Anopheles stephensi mosquito in the hope of shortening its lifespan to the point where the

malaria parasite… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on July 21, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

What's a modern carnivore to do?

Cross-posted from my blog.



I have a lot of vegetarian friends and I've always found it interesting to hear their reasons for choosing to eschew meat from their diet. After all, meat is tasty and our bodies are designed to use it as a source of complex proteins. I've collected quite a few stories.



A guy I knew as an undergrad told me he stopped eating meat after taking an… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on July 20, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Texas Board of Education

As I'm sure was the case with many of you, I was up in arms when I found out about this:



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/12/texas-education-board-app_n_497440.html



Seriously? How do you remove Thomas Jefferson from history? How can anyone justify misrepresenting history in order to push their own agenda?



Thankfully, a friend sent me this NPR interview which helped put… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on March 26, 2010 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Belief can be Troublesome

I like to think of myself as a rational person, but I have had my moments. When I was 8 or 9 years old, I fervently believed that there was a bear living under my back porch who would eat me if I went into the backyard at night. I have no idea where this belief came from. There was no evidence to support it, and I never told anyone else about it because I knew they would think I was just being silly. I even felt silly believing it, but the fear was still there. Regardless of what I could… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on March 26, 2010 at 2:07am — No Comments

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