Considering a military career? What every atheist needs to know first.

Dear Justin,I am considering joining the Navy, and would like advice on how to go about it as an atheist. What do I tell the recruiter? Are there atheist chaplains? What do I put on dog tags as my religion? Is being an atheist in the military looked at like being gay/lesbian, in regards to "don't ask don't tell"?I really appreciate your time, and thank you for getting back.- (name withheld)Advice on how to go about as an atheist:Start out strong, out of the closet. Encourage … [Read more...]

It’s still an animal cruelty story

In the interest of accuracy, I've got some new information in the story about the man who attempted to drown Dolly the cat.First of all, that's her new name, Dolly. Her new foster family picked it because she's 'just a doll' and overwhelmingly friendly. She still needs to be adopted to a permanent loving home, but not until she makes a full medical recovery.Second, it seems that 'religious mania' possibly played less of a part in this man's rage than was previously communicated to me. He … [Read more...]

Man tries to drown a cat, convinced it was literally ‘from hell’

My wife, Tianna, recently rescued a very pregnant abandoned cat. This cat was extremely friendly with humans, indicating that this is yet another abandoned pet in a military town, in this case Fort Bragg, North Carolina.All three of her kittens are now dead. Friday night we found out that a local man attempted to drown this cat earlier that day. He admitted this to a shocked staff of a local veterinarian's office. He also slammed on her cage repeatedly as he screamed, "This cat is from hell! … [Read more...]

Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson attempts Gangnam Style dance

I'll just leave this here:www.youtube.com/embed/ScWBoZk69xE#t=132The senior citizens are rather endearing, and it's a very healthy concept. For me, the weirdness really comes from Fox and Friends' Gretchen Carlson doing the 'lasso' part of the Gangnam Style dance. The original video has been viewed nearly a billion times on YouTube. I tired of the parodies months ago, but a slow news day at Fox took it beyond parody. There's probably a word for this.This is the type of clip that I'd … [Read more...]

Christian classmate didn’t see discrimination, so the cadet is lying

Atheist West Point cadet Blake Page has recently penned "Why I Don't Want to be a West Point Graduate" over at Huffington Post. It's powerful stuff, and has been picked up all over the place.CNN's Soledad O'Brien just interviewed Blake Page and Mikey Weinstein.Cadet Page's public stance inspired something amazing. Mikey Weinstein shared this letter with me, and Cadet Page gave me permission to share it.Mikey,I really need to share this with you. Something incredible happened … [Read more...]

Evolutionary psychology explains why he’s a good boy

I'm not talking about the polarizing EvoPsych related to gender, sexism, shopping, or even humans. I'm talking about dogs!National Geographic filmed 'The Science of Dogs' a few years back. I found a particular segment to be relevant to recent blog posts regarding EvoPsych.The psychology of a dog's degree of 'human suggestibility' is tested against a similar group of wolves.www.youtube.com/embed/iDt0ZygNUNQ#t=2314That's pretty cool. At the 41:00 mark, the dogs are tested and … [Read more...]

Four exciting papers on evolutionary psychology

I find the following evolutionary psychology papers fascinating. Listed in no particular order.I.Fears, Phobias, and Preparedness: Toward an Evolved Module of Fear and Fear LearningArne Ohman - Karolinska Institute | Susan Mineka - Northwestern UniversityViewed from the evolutionary perspective, fear is central to mammalian evolution. As a product of natural selection, it is shaped and constrained by evolutionary contingencies. It is a central thesis of this article that this evolut … [Read more...]

Is evolutionary psychology not getting a fair shake?

I am not a scientist, but I am a fan of calm, rational scientific debate. One of my favorite bloggers, Rebecca Watson, has been one of many voices critical of the field of 'evolutionary psychology'.Until recently, I simply accepted it as a failed science. Now I'm back on the fence, largely leaning the other direction. UCLA graduate student, Ed Clint also appears to be a fan of Rebecca Watson. However, he is much more of an expert in this particular topic, as he has experience in the field. … [Read more...]


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