A bit of Pomp and Circumstance

Commencement bore little resemblance to this, but that's my only complaint I am now a Yale alum (and the hustle and bustle of move out and commencement is to blame for a lack of updates here or at my guestblogging gig at Daylight Atheism.  I should have actual content for you all tomorrow (and perhaps some reflections later in the week after seeing The Book of Mormon tonight with my family for a graduation present).  In the meantime, I hope I can placate you with some pictures fr … [Read more...]

It is Written!

I've just turned in my senior essay (which I glossed in a recent 7 Quick Takes) and I took some celebratory photos.  And yes, I did dress up for the occasion.Between finishing the essay, making it to church for the Triduum, and spending Easter Sunday with my boyfriend's extremely extended Italian family, there was no blogging this weekend.  I'll be posting a few last thoughts sparked by comments on recent posts tonight, and tomorrow I'll have some of my reactions and questions after Triduum s … [Read more...]

Where Yuan Went Wrong (Part 2)

This is part of a series of posts which tackles sexual ethics and debating strategies (but not at the same time)A few weeks ago, in my post detailing mistakes atheists make about Catholics, one of the big ones was assuming that Catholicism, a tradition with a 2000 year history, doesn't have at least a plausible sounding explanation for common objections to its tenets.  Now, I know we atheists haven't had as coherent a series of apologetics, but we're not stupid.  If you don't bother to ack … [Read more...]

The Ex-Gay Lecture Letdown

This is part of a series of posts which tackles sexual ethics and debating strategies (but not at the same time). To get an overview of the controversy under consideration, check out yesterday's summary post of the controversy that erupted when an ex-gay speaker came to campus (which has now been updated to include a link to the explanatory/apologetic letter from the groups that invited him).The talk was an anti-climax.Prior to Yuan's arrival, I'd gotten plenty of tip-off emails from the … [Read more...]

Get Up to Speed on Yale’s Ex-Gay Speaker

I'm off to face down Tristyn of Eschatological Psychosis and other fine speakers tonight at the Yale Political Union's annual Party Prize debate (though I fear the topic "Resolved: Don't Fear the Reaper" plays to the formidable strengths of someone whose blog includes the tags "Death is the prize" "Tom Waits is the soundtrack to my life" and "Yugoslavia is just a dance party."  Ok, maybe not that last one as much, but who knows?).  I'm definitely looking forward to her speech, and I hope she p … [Read more...]

Death of Religion Predicted by Demographers Torturing Statistics

Because what's the use of a blog that brings together Christians and atheists if it doesn't take time to snark on bad science reporting/bad study methodology?  I like geeking out about this, but if it's not your cup of tea, never fear: the next post in queue covers the ex-gay lecture I mentioned I was attending on Friday.UPDATE: Thanks to Darksmiles for pointing out an error in this post.  I misread the scale of some of the graphs in this paper, since the study listed them as "percentages" i … [Read more...]

Drinking Death Upon Yourself

Patrick had an interesting observation on the comment thread of my post on jump discontinuities in identity (whether induced by prayer or otherwise): As for discontinuity of identity while asleep... I suffer that every night, and I suspect everyone else does too. I can't remember the moment of falling asleep. There is a period of time between laying down in bed and actually falling asleep that I experience every night, but which I am incapable of remembering. Likewise I have dreams but only … [Read more...]