7 Quick Takes (12/9/11)

--- 1 --- This has been a very transhumanist week.  First there was a question about whether we should want to be uploaded to computers and then a discussion of how conversion (and/or brainmodding) is a process of being born again, but the first step is dying.I've got one more transhumanist/identity post in the hopper for the weekend, but, in the mean time, you may want to head to the National Catholic Register to see some more discussion of the Douthat thought experiment that troubled me. … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (11/17/11)

--- 1 --- If you're only going to read one link I put in the Quick Takes, make it this one on the way an over-reliance on mice may be screwing up our understanding of human disease. Mark Mattson knows a lot about mice and rats. He's fed them; he's bred them; he's cut their heads open with a scalpel... Still, he never quite noticed how fat they were—how bloated and sedentary and sickly—until a Tuesday afternoon in February 2007. That's the day it occurred to him, while giving a lecture at Emory … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (11/4/11)

--- 1 --- This will be a lightning-quick Quick Takes since I found myself unexpectedly travelling for work this week and am now both exhausted and in the tackiest city on earth.  (Well, maybe second tackiest after Dollywood).  Once I'm back on the East Coast, I'm looking forward to responding to some of the comments on "The Matriarchy Trap" and "How do you pick a teacher?"  For now, a whirlwind tour of links. --- 2 ---The image above is a stained glass window depicting "Our Lady of Ru … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (Mad Science Edition)

--- 1 --- Sorry for a delay in posting and responding to comments.  Halloween fast approaches, and I've been spending pretty much all my spare time with my sewing machine, trying to finish a costume in time.  It's cyberpunk themed, and I'll tell you I got two of the patterns I'm using from here and here.It turns out I'm not even the only one of my friends doing a neo-victorian take on cyberpunk, since one friend of mine is going as the protagonist from Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age: Or, … [Read more...]

7 Stat Takes

--- 1 --- Some time today, BoltBus WiFi permitting, I'm going to take one last look at the statistics you need to know to parse the link between the Pill and breast cancer that Marc of Bad Catholic alluded to in a post earlier this week.  The first post went through some common misunderstandings of the ways risk and percentages are used by epidemiologists.  Today's post will go over some of the questions and objections that came up in the comments.If you're planning to get into these kinds o … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (10/14/11)

--- 1 --- I've been blogging here at Patheos for a week now, and these are my first quick takes in situ, so it seems appropos to give you all a little more of a sense of who I am outside this blog. This is probably as good a sum-up of my life as you can get: I had a lot of trouble explaining all the rules of roller derby to my language tutor since it was only my third week of ASL classes.P.S. The derby match this week was wonderful.  --- 2 --- Of course, you've all been … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (9/30/11)

--- 1 ---I finally wrote the long promised reply to "Soup Nazi Approach to Sex" and "Sexual Responsibility and Culpability."  So here's hoping that the new post, "Worlds We're Not Having Sex In" helps clear up why I want to make it hard for men to opt out of responsibilities to a child they fathered.One thing's for sure, I'm pretty sure all the posts in this sexual ethics series earned the "I am a fuddy duddy" tag I assigned them.  Now, on to the Takes!  --- 2 --- I hope all … [Read more...]