Monthly Archives: October 2013

New Terminology

We need to have a term in the English language to refer to the practice of combining pomposity with overly long words and trying to pass it off as being insightful. For me as a Canadian, I must say that … Continue reading

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Twitter

I’m not honestly sure who all of these people suddenly coming in by twitter are, or even why I’m being linked on twitter, but feel free to look around my blog. EDIT: Apparently I was linked on twitter because Zinnia … Continue reading

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The World Needs More Humanists

Speaking from personal experience, one of the big questions in public outreach for the Sciences is: How do we get more students into STEM?  The question which seems, unfortunately, to be left unasked is: how many scientists, technologists, engineers and … Continue reading

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The End of The World

I just read a very interesting article by Amanda Marcotte on why Evangelical Christians in the United States seem so positively gung-ho about the allegedly looming End of the World and the untold suffering that it will bring. She identifies … Continue reading

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Things Which Turned Me Trans

NB for readers who have difficulty recognizing irony: I do not mean that these things literally ‘turned me into a transgender person;’ I mean that they are things which helped me along in the process of self-discovery which culminated in … Continue reading

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Claims of Legitimacy

Science is not democratic, but the two systems have a lot in common with each other. In particular, both science and democracy in their present forms are rooted in the Enlightment-era idea that claims can be legitimized or de-legitimized through … Continue reading

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In Which I Praise Canada’s Political Culture

Hold on to your butts, everyone, because I’m about to say something nice about politics in Canada. I mean, sure our politics has its problems. We have a corrupt and authoritarian Prime Minister who doesn’t believe in science and doesn’t … Continue reading

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