"Talks a good game about freedom when out of power, but once he’s in – bam! Everyone's enslaved in the human-flourishing mines."

Monthly Archives: June 2013

Medical and Psychological Studies for June

Original spider picture edited out after complaints. The benefits of exposure to ultraviolet light may outweigh the risks, say scientists who apparently hate putting on sunscreen as much as I do. This reminds me of my father’s occasional complaints that … Continue reading

Lies, Damned Lies, And Facebook (Part 3 of ∞)

EDIT: This one got complicated. See below. I tried to scrub my Facebook feed of all of these kinds of articles, but occasionally something gets through. This week what’s gotten through, en masse, is the Gilbert/Frago case, in which a … Continue reading

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All Debates Are Bravery Debates

“I don’t practice what I preach because I’m not the kind of person I’m preaching to.” — Bob Dobbs I. I read Atlas Shrugged probably about a decade ago, and felt turned off by its promotion of selfishness as a … Continue reading

Moments Of Awakening

Sometimes I try to meditate when I am very tired. This is a bad idea. The brain is never very good at being held fixed on a single object of attention, and when it’s tired the task becomes nearly impossible. … Continue reading

Links for June

Bad Catholic has responded to my post on contraception and abortion rates, defending his position that contraception increases or at least doesn’t decrease abortions. See his Part One and Part Two, with my replies buried in the comments. The early … Continue reading

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Hasta La Victorians Siempre

It seems to be Gush About The Victorians Month in the academic community or something. How The Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate, and Died (h/t Michael Vassar) claims that the mid-Victorian period was a golden age of health during which life expectancy … Continue reading

Literally Inconceivable: Contraceptives And Abortion Rates

I have amazing parents who would never do something sneaky like install a keylogger on my computer to keep tabs on me as I move thousands of miles away from home. But if I’m wrong and they did do that, … Continue reading