7 Quick Papers (5/6/11)

--1-- I'm up late tonight writing my last college paper ever.  After I finish this paper by daybreak, I only have one final between me and graduation.  The final this afternoon (delivering an original speech for an Oratory seminar) is a fun last hurrah, but the paper is not quite as exciting: it's on methods of estimating infection rates for Hepatitis C.  I have gotten to write some more-interesting papers in college, though, so the rest of the Quick Takes are teasers of the ones I've loved, en … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (3/15/11)

--1-- Turns out I'm pulling an all nighter with a problem set tonight, so this will be an extremely brief Quick Takes post.  If you're wondering why I'm so busy, look to yesterday's post for an explanation and add in the fact that my senior thesis is due only a little over a week.  YIKES.So this week, you're going to get links to the tabs I opened most recently in Chrome to reference in my essay.  And after I turn in this p-set and get a little more writing done, I promise to wade into the a … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (2/8/11)

--1-- Last week, I mentioned in my quick takes that I was going to see an ex-gay speaker who came to visit campus.  There's been a big backlash on campus, so I've been posting about my reaction with a news roundup, a brief defense of the speaker, and an example of (perhaps inadvertently) hurtful rhetoric.  Today, the first real defense of the talk came out in The Yale Daily News, so I'm linking it here and I'm adding it to the first news roundup page. --2-- And speaking of the YDN, I don't al … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (4/1/11)

--1-- Blogger's rolling out new features, so I figured I should let you know that you can now read this blog in any of the five new dynamic templates.  Of the five, I only like the sidebar view and, to be honest, I find Blogger's enthusiasm about this new feature to be a little hilarious.  I'm not planning to start viewing blogs this way (especially since I mostly read them on Google Reader, rather than their actual pages), but let me know if you try it and have any problems.Looking at the s … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (3/25/11)

--1-- Last week, I really enjoyed the conversations sparked by my post on seven common atheist misconceptions about Catholicism (inspired by Jen's post that covered the vice versa problem).   This week, I want to highlight some of the resources and clarifications that people contributed to the post.  I should have a guest post or two going up soon in response to atheist questions about how Catholics read the bible, but I'd welcome more contributors.  Check out this call for exegetical guest post … [Read more...]

The Atheist’s Guide to Catholics in 7 Quick Takes (3/18/11)

This week, Jen of Conversion Diary (the gracious host of this blog carnival) wrote a piece for her new gig at the National Catholic Register called "The Catholic's Guide to Atheists."  A recent convert to Catholicism, Jen tried to debunk some misconceptions many Catholics has about atheists.  In this week's Quick Takes, I'll try to return the favor.  Corrections and quibbles welcome!  And if you've got a frequently made mistake that rankles, post it in the comments and I might add it as a bonus t … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (3/11/11)

--1-- I've been working on my senior essay and I'd like to spread the misery around.  So this week's Quick Takes are a round up of aggravating social developments (though I promise a respite at the end).  --2-- I was pretty dubious about David Brook's new book The Social Animal when I read the awful excerpt of it in The New Yorker.  My suspicions were confirmed when I read Will Wilkinson's review.  Feel free to forward to anyone considering buying the book.  Here's an excerpt: The la … [Read more...]