Archive for June, 2011

Well Done Alyssa!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA, is pro-reality according to her response on the evolution question during the pageant. This brings to mind an issue among the atheist community to have a sexy scientist calendar only I feel quite reversed here.

In the sexy scientist calendar, one of the legitimate concerns was that professional scientists were being recognized on their looks. That is unrelated to their profession and demeaning because looks aren’t considered as representative of people’s choices like hard work and career choices are.
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Ralph Casey

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Driving down to a nice Skeptics picnic at a local winery in Amherst, VA, my girlfriend and I noticed a covered wagon making its slow trek to Washington, DC.  I found an article about it in the Lynchburg news.

Ralph Casey and the Wagon
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Political Announcement

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I’ve been busy so I don’t have time for essays.  But, if you think being gay is a bad choice, you’ll never get my vote.  You can have bad biology lessons and think it’s a choice that is morally neutral.  You can favor straight or gay fashion.  But if you think an action needs to be taken to shun, shame or fix people who would otherwise travel the paths of gayness, you get no vote.

I yield the remainder of my time.

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Philosorapper

Friday, June 10th, 2011

How’s this for a fact
Another atheist rapper
Join the pack of raptors
To consume this game like snack ems.

How do I have time
to hate on Palin and religion
Crafty with my image
bomb after bomb
till your hearing’s gone.

Boom shake the room
Rebuilding classic tunes
Replacing hits with new ones.
I don’t want to be you.  Uh.

Dumb da dum dum
I can give you what you want.
But it wouldn’t be me.
No it wouldn’t be me.

I’ve got your ear
From now till forever after.
Hello, I’m here.
Introducing philosorapper
You don’t have to agree
To respect that I represent.
to wonder where my mind went.
Where Peter would have sent me. (more…)

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Internet Reposts

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Convention on the Rights of the Child
I stumbled across a UNICEF Rights of Children set of recommendations for countries to accept.  I read through a few pages and I honestly think UNICEF is doing their thinking well (pdf).

Sam Harris and Free Will
Sam Harris continued on his No Free Will topic and lost me a little at the end with “You Do Not Choose What You Choose“.  I get what’s happening but it is really hard to illustrate free will.  There’s the argument that if you have any choices you have free will, which is not what I think.  But the argument has a rational construction.  I think you have very limited choices and your choices are essentially software commands such as “Eat a healthy breakfast.  Calculate the correct amount of risk.  Select one of many similar objects.”  And then our active conscious mind gets a chance to use abstract or learned principles to evaluate a best answer.  At any time, we can opt to make a rushed choice.

That choice has an effect, but it overlooks a serious level of lack of choice that is happening to limit the things you can choose among or limit the tools you have to evaluate the choice.  For example, if healthy food is expensive, then choosing to eat healthy is a choice poor people can’t make.  If eating healthy food is counter intuitive, eating healthy food is a choice uneducated people can’t make.  Life being complex means if something is counter-intuitive or expensive, the person may have the brains and the money in general but spend their time and effort on something they think is a higher priority.  That could create a vicious cycle.  Stuff like that robs us of future choices and the initial choice to start a cycle isn’t always in the form of “I’m going to make a bad choice that haunts me”.  It tends to be way less thought out than that.

Anteaters
I don’t know why but I like following this blog by a woman who has pet anteaters.  Well, I kind of know why.  But I’m surprised I haven’t lost interest in awhile. 

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Light and Easy Rhymes

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Today, I wanted something lighter.  I got it.

Viscious and new
It’s me coming through
Buy me a beer if you
Like what I do

Hold up
Nobody here knows me
Is this the right show
You all look forty

It might seem confusing
’cause I’m thirty two
But I’m the new rapper
Where’re all my whipper snappers
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A Sad Song

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I wanted to write a sad story song so I did.

One fine day
when Dan came home
He made up his mind
and his mind was blown
All the world wouldn’t
leave him alone
What in the world did Danny see?

And I just wish I had known what to say
to make a friend I barely know make it through that day.
What kind of vicious cycle ran through his mind?
How different was his life
How much different did it feel than mine?
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Got a Fever

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Mind on the grind
struggle to make new tracks
Retirees younger than me
Have stacked mad cash
Envy is a fitting disease
suits a madman
Ambitious like me
Let the lime light for me

Buy the high life for cheap
with a bottle of Miller
If you drink apathy
the serial killer
Of dreams that we held
so long unfulfulled
My nightmare remains
Never being on stage

I’ve got a dream
Of you buying my new track
I’ve got a dream
Of appearing on Colbert
I’ve got a dream
Of performing big venues
I’ve got a fever
is it in you?
is it in you?
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Sorry Blake

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Blake Lively apparently got her iPhone hacked and nude pictures taken on it were released on the internet. Hacking is probably a bad idea in the first place. But my opinion is that the sharing of the indecent photos found on the phone is a more egregious crime. What makes Blake Lively more of a commodity than the hacker’s girlfriend, wife, or mother?
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Freewill in the News: Links

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Free Will (And Why You Still Don’t Have It) by Sam Harris

What choice do we have? from sciencedaily.com

In brief, Sam Harris makes an argument against free will and for making the choices that are important. There is no free will and yet you shouldn’t sit around doing nothing. Sciencedaily continues on the topic of choice and argues thinking too much about choice and free will makes “people less likely to support policies promoting greater equality and benefits for society, such as affirmative action, a tax on fuel-inefficient cars, or banning violent video games.”

Enjoy.

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