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Online Gamers Solve Molecular Puzzle!

Posted in Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by Marco

Online gamers from around the globe worked together to figure out the detailed molecular structure of a protein-cutting enzyme from an AIDS-like virus found in rhesus monkey.  The puzzle of this retrovirus stumped scientists for over a decade before being solved by online gamers in under ten days.

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Meat and Morality: A Critique of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation

Posted in Philosophy, Political, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by Marco

There is a vegetarian anecdote that implies that a human baby (presumably weened) will chose to eat an apple over a live rabbit every time, thus “proving” that we were meant to be vegetarians.  One thing that this anecdote fails to take into account is the fact that carnivorous (and omnivorous) toddlers of the animal kingdom rarely do their own hunting and killing.  In nature, more times than not, the carnivorous youth are provided with their meals (dead and ready to consume) by their parents.  If this anecdote is making an argument on behalf of human instinct, then I suggest a control group of  baby’s who are provided with a choice between an apple and a dead rabbit that has been cleaned, cooked and covered in barbeque sauce…

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TAM 9: Critical Thinking in Sin City!

Posted in Current Events, Philosophy, Religious, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2011 by Marco

This last weekend, my wife and I took a jaunt out to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 9th annual Amaz!ng Meeting, a skeptics convention.  Great thinkers and skeptics of all shapes and sizes from around the globe came together to discuss topics ranging from public education, space travel, paranormal activities, psychic phenomenon and the origins of life.

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Is Original Music Dead?

Posted in Art, Metal, Punk Rock, Science with tags , , , , , on May 25, 2011 by MSchroen

Such Bravery in the Face of Death

Posted in Current Events, Philosophy, Religious, Science with tags , , , , on April 25, 2011 by MSchroen

Christopher Hitchens was scheduled to appear at a conference of atheists this weekend, but had to cancel due to his illness. He sent this letter to be read in lieu of his appearance. Continue reading

No Homeo: Part 1.5

Posted in Current Events, Science with tags , , , , on March 25, 2011 by MSchroen

If you are unfamiliar with homeopathy, please see the previous post.

The recent trouble with Japan’s nuclear reactors post-disaster has led to growing fears about radiation sickness and the like.

These issues have been covered by those infinitely more qualified than I.

Instead I refer you here to get a look at exactly the kind of nonsense I described in my previous post, straight from the horse’s mouth.

Here’s a quote to whet your appetite: “If radiation sickness has developed, your homeopath is the best person to advise on remedy treatment dosages and potencies as these will depend on the symptoms you are experiencing and their severity.”

-Mike S.-

No Homeo, bro!

Posted in Current Events, Humor/Satire, Science with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by MSchroen

Supplementary, complementary, and alternative medicine (SCAM) seems to be popping up in the darndest places. No longer are alchemic tinctures and potions sequestered to hippie shops and mom and pop health stores. Continue reading