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Rick Santorum, just stop.

August 22, 2011

I’ve been trying to stay out of the Republican nomination race, but I just have to say something. Transcript: Anchor: Uh, I-I know you personally, a little bit, and my impression of you I’ll share with the viewers is you are an incredibly nice guy; you’re very compassionate, you’re very caring, you look out for other people. When I talk to some of my friends who are gay and lesbian, they don’t understand that characterization of you, because they think…

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Politics

The myth of “freedom of opportunity”

August 9, 2011
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I grew up in an area that many people deem to be, quote, “ghetto as fuck.” My high school was right across the street from a park notorious for drug deals, my freshman class’ count was over 1,000 while less than 600 of us made it to graduation day, etc. I have always noted post-High School that I was lucky to have the teachers that I did have; while none of them said it out loud, it was quite clear…

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Science

My privilege is showing.

July 13, 2011

What I am about to write is important to me, and I think it’s very important to my blog for me to take note of my biases, my privileges, my experiences. I live with scientists, and have been posing the question to them recently: does your personal experience, your bias, your privileges, your experience, do these things factor into how you interpret or accept new data?” This is important to the field of science. And, turning it inwards, I note:…

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Politics

The Importance of Numbers (Or, How in a Roundabout Way, I’m Pro-Life)

July 8, 2011

My politics are obviously not informed by faith (kind of difficult for that to be true when I don’t subscribe to any faith). But they are also not informed by my lack of faith; it would make no sense for my atheism to inform my politics beyond perhaps being one less thing to tell me how to think/feel/vote. Though I am a proud feminist, I am not informed by my feminism. People might point out- “aren’t you pro-choice? Isn’t this…

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Religion Science

My past life experience from my life’s past

January 26, 2011
Charles Darwin proposed the theory of evolutio...

I need to stop with these excruciatingly terrible titles. Almost a year ago, when I still identified as a Christian, I underwent a past life regression experiment with my sister and my brother-in-law.¬†At the time, I wasn’t sure if I believed in the idea of past lives, but I decided to give the experience a try and see what happened. What did happen was, as I was just¬†explaining to my friend, “trippy.” I remember the feelings of wanting to fly…

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Politics Religion

Days Like This

November 27, 2010
Official presidential portrait of Barack Obama...

My friend warned me the other night that people may not be as kind to me as I am to them, especially regarding belief and a lack of belief. Last night I received two e-mails from a Facebook friend who happens to be quite conservative. The surprising thing about this is that we have never exchanged e-mails, and yet it was sent to my e-mail inbox, not my Facebook inbox, leading me to believe that she definitely wanted me to…

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