2012 Queer Blogathon [Index Post]

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In June of 2012, I took one leg of the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon, promising to put up twelve posts in twelve hours, all of which were prompted by comments on the mammoth thread "Go Ahead, Tell Me What’s Wrong with Homosexuality."  I started with empirics, and somehow meandered off into discussion of companionate marriage and bank robberies-as-first-dates by the end.  The Blogathon raises money for the SSA, and, of course, they'll welcome your donations even if you're reading this long af … [Read more...]

Today’s the last day to vote in the Turing Test

The answers go up tomorrow, so whip people to take a look at the Christian round and turn in guesses by midnight tonight.  If you're sending it around or posting to your blog, encourage people to start with number thirteen and work backwards.  There was a lot of attrition.Meanwhile, I'm recovering from Blogathon in the best possible way... a full day lecture on data analysis and visualization by Tufte!  (He's the author of The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, for which my affe … [Read more...]

Data! Data! Data! [Blogathon 12/12]

This post is number twelve of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.At 9am this morning, we kicked of this blogathon on homosexuality with methodological questions about statistics and social science, and that's how we're going to fracking end it!William Saletan is c … [Read more...]

What dating process would give rise to companionate marriages? [Blogathon 11/12]

This post is number eleven of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.Ok, I'm one post from the end of the Blogathon, so I'm allowed to go off the deep end a little, right? In the last post, the Alan Jacobs quote suggested that Pride and Prejudice might be a good model for a … [Read more...]

Companionate Marriage for Everyone? [Blogathon 10/12]

This post is number ten of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.Alan Jacobs had an interesting response to the Noah Millman piece about the gay Mormon's companionate marriage I was discussing in the last post.  Jacobs wrote: What this story is pointing to is the po … [Read more...]

I’m ok with companionate marriage [Blogathon 9/12]

This post is number nine of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.There's been an essay making the rounds by Josh Weed, a gay Mormon man who's been happily married to his wife for ten years and has had several children with her.  I was reminded of it when thinking about ho … [Read more...]

How Critical is Sexual Desire to Human Identity? [Blogathon 8/12]

This post is number eight of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.At one point in the discussion, Ubiquitous was expanding on Thomist philosophy and laid out a 'prebuttal' (of which I'm excerpting only one idea): In a hale and mature adult human, eyes are for seeing. If … [Read more...]


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