MENTAL ILLNESS: BDSM or Neuroscience?

You choose:   I was apprised of what I’ll have to do once I’m in the fMRI scanner.  I’m not going to say it here just yet because I don’t want any preconceived notions about what they’re trying to ascertain. I’m not smart enough to become a neuroscientist and try to find cures for people [Read More…]

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Eat-Meat Day

It’s Ash Wednesday, where some sects of Christianity (such as Catholics) are supposed to “fast” by avoiding meat. So in other words, it’s Eat-Meat Day. To those vegetarians/vegans out there, you can eat fish, because it’s not meat, apparently: Q: Are chicken and fish considered meat? A: Chicken yes, fish no. The Catholic Church’s abstinence [Read More…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: Off to get see if they’ll experiment on me.

Hey guys.  It’s a rough day for me here.  I have an appointment in 40 minutes to see if I’d be an appropriate test subject for an fMRI study dealing with clinical depression. I’m kind of excited and hope they let me in.  If having access to my brain can help someone better understand how [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS & LAW: Alabama Supreme Court Justice may eliminate all marriages if gays are allowed.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock (wasn’t he the bad guy in Rambo 2?) is displeased that gay people get equal rights in Alabama, and he’s so bent on keeping them from getting married he’s considering trying to wipe out marriage for everybody: Justice Murdock’s opinion is attached to a brief order from the state [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Puppies in love. :)

They are in love. (Michaelyn sent me this because it looks like a lot of pictures we’ve taken)   [Read more…]

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Raising My Kids Without Religion

I grew up attending church on and off through childhood, but I don’t consider my upbringing to be very religious. My parents never tried to talk me into Jesus and salvation, or heaven and hell. It simply wasn’t a part of our daily life. In fact, I remember my father telling me once that he [Read More…]

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Tomorrow’s gonna be a bit slow.

Some of you may have noticed that Patheos is being really slow on the backend and returning random 504 errors, so I’m going to queue all remaining posts for today for tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m really busy, so content will probably be a little light.  There is an fMRI study being done at KU and they’re [Read More…]

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POLITICS & HIGH SCHOOL: Oklahoma GOP trying to eliminate AP History courses.

Those darn experts on the subject of American History have produced a curriculum for AP History classes in Oklahoma that dares to paint America as having imperfections: Since the College Board released a new course framework for U.S. history in October 2012,conservative backlash against the course has grown significantly. The Republican National Committee condemned the course [Read More…]

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FAITH: “God loves me.”

I saw this picture and my jaw hit my shoes: Man, can you imagine if god hated her?  You’d think being all-knowing god could’ve shown his love in a more loving way. To quote one of my friends to whom I showed this: This whole preying on victims of shitty situations and having them sign [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: Cleveland man stabs his non-gender conforming son to death.

Kevin Golec is a man in Cleveland who had a non-gender conforming son.  At times “Brian” identified as “Bri” (were their evidence of consistency I’d refer to Brian as a trans woman).  Brian (how he’s being referred to in obituaries) was stabbed to death by his own father following a fight:  An Ohio man has [Read More…]

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PERSONAL: My nerdy wife in her lab.

Michaelyn is in her lab.  She just sent me a picture: She knows what I like*.   * Being reminded that she’s thinking about me and getting to see her face in between reading news articles…also women in nerdy gear like lab goggles. [Read more…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: Mississippi passes bill that would allow people to drive church vans without the proper license.

Mississippi doesn’t seem content to let Arkansas and Alabama be the unquestioned kings of religious stupidity.  The Mississippi House just passed a bill that would allow people to drive church vans without the relevant driver’s license: House members on Thursday [Feb. 5] passed a bill exempting mid-sized church buses from the state’s commercial driver’s license requirements, [Read More…]

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GODLESSNESS: Religious belief among incoming college freshman at an all-time low.

We’ve got some really good news about the upcoming generation.  Yes, we all knew the next batch of American adults was less religious, but it turns out they’re even less religious than we thought: America’s Class of 2018 cares less about religious identity than any other group of college freshman in the last 40 years, newly [Read More…]

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ACTIVISM: Become a volunteer with the Hotline Project.

For the last few months I’ve been volunteering with Recovering From Religion, specifically for their Hotline Project.  The goal of the Hotline Project is to have a number people can call from anywhere if they’re struggling with doubt in their religion or such and receive support.  It’s not a tool for evangelizing, just a place [Read More…]

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