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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pope and Change: An Atheist’s Guide To Vatican Decision 2013

Pope Benedict XVI is resigning today, an event which will be closely followed by a conclave to determine his successor. I have inexplicably been following this with some interest. Several news sources both secular and religious have tried to provide … Continue reading

MetaMed launch day

I said a few days ago that I would be a terrible businessman because my attempts to promote things tend to meander into attempts to steelman the case against them. So I will spare MetaMed the ordeal of having me … Continue reading

Fermat’s Last Stand Coordination Thread

All right, let’s make this happen. I would like to start a new Dungeons & Discourse campaign. If you’re totally confused, see here for the rulebook and here for the last campaign log. As you might be able to tell, … Continue reading

People! It turns out capitalism is actually a thing!

Reddit is caught in a Nietzschean cycle of eternal recurrence where everyone asks the same questions every few weeks, and one of the common ones is “What is the best purchase you ever made?” The top answer is always “Amazon … Continue reading

Links for February 2013

Discover magazine notes that we can now store data in DNA, and brings up the case of the group that successfully DNA-encoded and retrieved Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. This is neat from a data storage point … Continue reading

Dungeons and Discourse Third Edition: The dialectic continues

After more work than any sane person would ever spend on a philosophy role-playing game, the Third Edition of Dungeons and Discourse is ready. You may download it here: Rulebook as .pdf plus basic character sheet (link) Rulebook as .doc … Continue reading

A defense of logical positivism (yes, really)

As far as I know, there’s nothing everyone in philosophy agrees is right. But there are a few things that everyone in philosophy agrees are wrong. Right now I can think of two of them – Rene Descartes, and logical … Continue reading

Future tense

Those of you who know me in real life know that I graduated from an Irish medical school  last year but wasn’t able to get a US residency (ie entry-level doctor job) at the time. This year I’m trying again. … Continue reading

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I liked Lovecraft countless primaeval aeons before it was cool

A couple days ago, some friends of mine who name-drop Cthulhu all the time admitted they had never actually read any Lovecraft. Further investigation revealed this was actually a common thread among loads of people who play Call of Cthulhu … Continue reading

Typical mind and gender identity

Ozy Frantz introduced zirself to me by saying that “I major in gender studies, but I am not that kind of gender studies student. Promise.” So far this claim has been entirely borne out and Ozy’s blog is actually really … Continue reading