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Eric Charles
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Alright, let’s get this out of the way in the first sentence: When I say that victim blaming “makes sense” I do not mean that it is right, or morally justified, or anything like that. What I mean is the behaviors associated w...
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Find below the text of an e-mail to Fairfax County Police about using the Flower Shot (linked) product, and their reply.  I have removed the individual officer's specific information because this IS the internet, after all.  ...
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Today is the new 114th Congress' second day on the job.  As you know, the mid-term elections improved the Republican's majority in the House, and gave them the majority in the Senate.  Just in case it hasn't been made clear t...
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Looking for the right analogy: The Stomach in a Jar Problem
Many matters are muddled by the misappropriation of metaphor. Or, to phrase it positively, one can often clarify a situation considerably by substituting alternative words and seeing if the logic still holds up. For example, when faced with a seeming myster...
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Something new for the blog: Deep Philosophical Questions
I've long followed a few online comics at a time. At the moment, I mostly check big players in the Pantheon of geek comics, such as XKCD and SMBC . Good, smart stuff, by ridiculously creative people. More recently, I have really enjoyed ExistentialComics , ...
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Why Inferential Statistics - Part 1
I am preparing a handout for undergrad research methods students (in several departments), who are about to get 1-class-session tutorials in SPSS. I have 3 pages to give them enough information to understand what we are doing. Here is page 1: Why Inferentia...
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Why Victim Blaming Makes Sense
Alright,
let’s get this out of the way in the first sentence: When I say that victim blaming “makes sense” I do not mean that it is
right, or morally justified , or anything like that. What I mean is the
behaviors associated with victim blaming follow a log...
Alright, let’s get this out of the way in the first sentence: When I say that victim blaming “makes sense” I do not mean that it is right, or morally justified, or anything like that. What I mean is the behaviors associated w...
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I've been an atheist on the internet almost as long as there has been an internet.  I have written, literally, hundreds of thousands of words on the subject of religion, god, and morality.  Online discussion forums, chat room...
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Well said.  I think the key to the epithets lies in the realization that everyone (especially on the internet) is wrong about so many things, any person who constantly, consistently, untiringly, harps on a single issue is not merely irritating.  They're either disabled or a jerk.

So, my advice to internet atheists is to give that issue a rest once in awhile.  Pepper criticism amongst the billions of other things people are wrong about.  Let the religion thing go for a decade or so.  After all, we're winning and can spend a little less time on that issue these days.

(Yes, I'm a hypocrite.  I argue about religion a lot, on and off the internet. ;-)
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What's Congress up to? 114th Congress edition, volume 1
Today is the new 114th Congress' second day on the job.  As you know, the mid-term elections improved the Republican's majority in the House, and gave them the majority in the Senate.  Just in case it hasn't been made clear this is NOT my preferred state of...
Today is the new 114th Congress' second day on the job.  As you know, the mid-term elections improved the Republican's majority in the House, and gave them the majority in the Senate.  Just in case it hasn't been made clear t...
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Deep Philosophical Thoughts: The Stomach in a Jar Problem
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throughout history have wondered about the relationship between mind and
stomach. Imagine, if you will, that your body had been almost completely destroyed.
Imagine still, that whatever destroyed your body left your stomach remarkably unscathed,
and th...
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Libertarianism, Progressive Politics, and Humanism
Many around the world don't understand why American's like "Libertarianism," which they see as a weird brand of home-grown individualism. This might seem even more odd because the U.S. was, at many points, the seat "Progressive" politics. Some have claimed ...
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Why academic writing sucks - Part II
Before I start my academic writing challenge , I wanted to finish up a few things, including one more reaction from Pinker's paper on "Why Academic Writing Stinks" . I keep coming back to one accusation Pinker makes about academic writing, one that struck p...
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  • Bucknell University
    2000
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Lab Manager, Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning
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  • American University
    Lab Manager, 2013 - present
  • Penn State, Altoona
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, 2008 - 2013
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