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Retort and Riposte: More Grad School Stuff

Retort and Riposte: More Grad School Stuff

So for those of you who missed the earlier exchange Dan and I have been having a bit of a back-and-forth RE: the state of graduate education. I broke the topic with an article on the Duke Collective, a group of students who had resorted to wage sharing to help minimize the perilous funding situations they found themselves in. I argued that the move places a spotlight on the structural problems wit... »

Collectivism at Duke

Collectivism at Duke

The Student Union of Michigan recently published an interview with a group of Duke graduate students that contained the unthinkable in a capitalist system, collectivization of wages. The Duke Collective, as they are known, was dissatisfied with the way that the university handled stipends and so decided to take matters into their own hands.  ” And so it initially began as a kind of emergency... »

Quickies 03/14/2014

Quickies 03/14/2014

Three comedians talk about stereotypes about bisexuals. Here’s a review of the film Interior. Leather Bar. Neil Degrasse Tyson explains why faith and reason are irreconcilable. One in five Americans don’t give any fucks at all about religion. Disgusting. A religious council has said that Pakistan’s ban on child marriages is “un-Islamic.” Tell me again how religion doe... »

QUICKIES 7/12/2013

QUICKIES 7/12/2013

There are a few, previously clandestine, similarities between Satanists and Evangelical Christians, exposed by brave reporters at CNN and the New York Post. I’m always so happy to see wacko male religious group leaders coming together over issues of women’s bodies and health. Onward Christian Soliders, and uhh, #HailSatan! A transgender inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA... »

Darwin Gets His Own Day

Darwin Gets His Own Day

*cross-posted from Teen Skepchick* Since most of our readers are science nerds (or at least know something about science and evolution), I’m sure it’s not news to you that tomorrow is International Darwin Day! If you’re not familiar with the celebration, I guess I’ll take the several minutes to explain what’s going on. Because I love you guys. Charles Darwin was born ... »

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

A few days ago, Harriet Hall wrote a post on Science-Based Medicine titled “Gender Differences and Why They Don’t Matter So Much.” The article left a bad taste in my mouth for a number of reasons. Aside from what I feel is a gross misrepresentation of various criticisms of Michael Shermer (which I will leave to Ophelia and PZ to deal with as they see fit), the bulk of my issue with her post deals ... »

Where’s the Skepticism?

Where’s the Skepticism?

A few days ago, I posted an article about a “study” in which researchers have claimed to have found a causal link between in utero hormone levels and homosexuality. I originally posted about it on Queereka, but once I saw it circulating around the skeptical blogosphere some more, I cross-posted to Skepchick. One of the places where I saw the article being touted was by Ed Brayton over on FTB. I wa... »

AI: Surprising Support

AI: Surprising Support

This week, I headed out to the country side to join the whole family for a cousin’s birthday. At a certain point, one of mhy cousins who has recently accepted Jesus as her savior, but previously intended to be a biologist like me, started an argument with me with the sole point of convincing me that the bible was perfect and science was not. I usually don’t engage in such things, speci... »

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