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At 8:40pm on May 26, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Greetings, J.P.M.! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D

At 2:03pm on September 17, 2010, J.P.M. said…
All the 'Islamophobia' in the news these days is quite amusing to me - especially since it is all being pushed by right-wing Christian nut-jobs. After all, is their any meaningful difference between Islam and Christianity? They're both ridiculous mythologies multiply translated from the oral traditions of a bunch of illiterate, stone-age peasants that lived somewhere in the Middle East 2000 years ago. Principles shared: monotheism, homophobia, evolution denial, mistrust of science, afterlife myths (including preposterous reward scenarios for the faithful), blood sacrifice, countless ridiculous ceremonies and rituals. I could go on, but you get the idea...
At 11:03am on May 19, 2010, Ian said…
Entomologist have had to do a lot more explaining of job titles since the Lord of the Rings movie came out. It could be worse--a friend of mine married a micro-biologist, and now people keep asking him exactly how small his wife is...
Thanks for the NYT link on Pakistan's Facebook ban. I'm collecting them for an article elsewhere on the web.
At 9:15am on April 30, 2010, Loren Miller said…
Thanks, but I prefer single-malt scotch to barbiturates!
At 8:55am on April 30, 2010, Loren Miller said…
"Religious education is an oxymoron"

There's an "oxycodone" joke in there SOMEWHERE....
At 8:33am on April 23, 2010, Atheist Exile said…
Hey J.P.M.,

Thanks for the comment but . . . my avatar is not Photoshopped -- that guy really has a snake going in and out of his face!
At 10:08am on March 21, 2010, B-Girl said…
Sure! I'll take a AN friend in Kansas.
At 7:39am on March 12, 2010, Mrina said…
Thanks :) That was pretty hilarious! Unintelligent design indeed.
At 7:00pm on March 11, 2010, Mrina said…
Oh that is so cool! I never thought of that. I bet this would be very difficult to do, but you could track backwards in clonal populations and determine when/how far back the somatic mutations occurred and perhaps what correlating environmental changes triggered them. Of course, that is just being theoretical :P That would require some serious sequencing of the genomes. You could just as easily go forward with it though and determine if certain environmental stresses cause a subset of mutations. Not sure what use that would have, but it would be interesting!
At 6:40pm on March 11, 2010, Mrina said…
Lol, I think just reading about that was rather traumatic actually.

But that's what I am saying. It couldn't possibly be intelligent design because it's imperfect and thus unintelligent. Not to mention, we don't need to look to bed bugs to see the flaws, what about human bodies? Having a waste disposal system in the middle of a pleasure center, what a terrible idea :P
At 5:39pm on March 11, 2010, Mrina said…
I just thought of this so it might sound silly: I have heard that patterns in nature, such as Fibonacci numbers, are evidence of "design". In my opinion, we see those kinds of patterns everywhere in the universe, and if there was a "design" they would come out perfect. However, the patterns are not perfect and even clones, though genetically similar, usually turn out phenotypically different in nature. Any thoughts?

Though tenure is something to be happy about, it sounds like you can't enjoy it to the fullest because of the area you live in. Sorry to hear that :(
At 8:08am on March 11, 2010, Mrina said…
This site does make me feel at home. Free-thinkers are what I am missing in my immediate surroundings. I moved here for my PhD and didn't realize how much I was going to miss living in Denver and Boulder, CO where nearly everyone I met was godless. My doctoral proposal has to do with measuring bacterial activity in cold polar oceans. I am just starting to write it now. Do you find that a lot of the scientists you work with are religious? I find a lot of the students here got god and it really bothers me. In a few years I will get the heck out of this place!
At 5:50pm on March 7, 2010, lost in translation said…
I'm with you J. I think sometimes it all works out for the best. I think I'm going to be happier knowing that I don't have to hide who I am anymore. To bad I can't generate money off of that alone though, lol.
At 10:37pm on March 4, 2010, Meggan Dominytus said…
I don't really know why I stay. I kind of just fell into a life here. As far as transferring my skills..it depends on the state. Texas uses Med Techs in nursing homes, prisons and state schools. I don't know where else they use them. I would love to finish school and get the hell out :)
At 2:56pm on March 4, 2010, Trance Gemini said…
Haha. Re: your comment on whackos ... I know what you mean but you can't possibly be missing cold here :-).

Although TO is having its second warmest winter in recorded history and I'm feeling the balminess at 2C. Lol.
At 5:41pm on February 28, 2010, Meggan Dominytus said…
Eep..you interviewed here? My condolences. I think most of us should just migrate out of the hinterlands...
At 1:17pm on February 26, 2010, Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! said…
I meant to click the friend request and forgot! Thanks for sending one to me! Absolutely you cant have too many!!
At 1:03pm on February 26, 2010, Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! said…
If it wa sport I would finally be considered a top athelete!! World champ contender!!;-)
At 4:51pm on February 25, 2010, Meggan Dominytus said…
Hey thanks for the add. Kansas, eh? How's that working out?
At 2:26pm on February 25, 2010, Jennifer Parsons said…
Sorry about the puppies, but glad you have the kitties! So weather's not just bad in winter, huh? I'm just looking forward to less rain, myself. But I think mountain biking would be a lot of fun. I hope to try it sometime, myself. :)

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