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Peter Madsen
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To pass the Bechdel Test, a movie:

1. has to have at least two women in it, who

2. talk to each other, about

3. something besides a man.

My little bro had apparently heard of this before, but it was new to me. It definitely makes you see movies a little differently.
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Jeremy Soule's "Far Horizons," from Skyrim, played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

http://m.ign.com/articles/2012/10/29/hear-the-london-philharmonic-orchestra-play-skyrims-far-horizons

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Among all the less-than-professional things scrawled on the walls of the bathroom stall, someone wrote:

"The meaning in life is to have goal's [sic]. If you have no goals, you have no meaning!"

and I'm still trying to decide whether I agree or not.
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One nation, under one god, many gods, or no gods...
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"It is almost too ridiculous to mention it, but I'm afraid I have to because of the more than 40 percent of the American population who... accept the Bible literally: think what the geographical distribution of animals should look like if they'd all dispersed from Noah's Ark. Shouldn't there be some sort of law of decreasing species diversity as we move away from an epicenter -- perhaps Mount Ararat? I don't need to tell you that that is not what we see."

~ Richard Dawkins, "The Greatest Show on Earth."

#sciencesunday #sacredsunday #atheism #atheist #atheistrollcall #skeptic
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<<A poem by The Digital Cuttlefish, part of a series several bloggers have contributed to titled "Because I Am An Atheist," which responds to the idea that Atheists "just lack belief" and that there's nothing else to say on the matter.>>

Because I am an atheist
The world is mine to fix.
No god prevents the plunderers,
The hypocrites, the dicks.
No god rewards the good we do
Or punishes the bad;
No afterlife awaits us,
Just the single life we’ve had.

Because I am an atheist
It’s up to me to change.
The world is what we make it,
Not some god’s to rearrange—
To recognize a problem, means
To seek solutions, too;
Because I am an atheist
I’m watching out for you.

Because I am an atheist
I cannot simply pray.
I cannot wish a problem gone
And make it go away.
God’s promise of protection
Is just one of many lies;
Because I am an atheist
I cannot close my eyes.

#atheism #atheist #digitalcuttlefish #poetry
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"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."

~ Max Planck

Is there any more brutally honest assessment of human nature than this?
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At the beginning of the semester, at least for the first few weeks, teachers call the roll, and it's maddening to sit attentive to something as uninteresting as a list of names until yours is called. (I just tune them out until I hear "Lopez," usually about four times, because "Madsen" is quick to follow)

But it's odd, when you think about it, to tune out a list of names, because every name is associated with a living, breathing human being right there in the room with you, each an assembly of ambitions and insecurities, some dynamic and some reserved, but all of them as distinct as you.

Pick any name you've ignored, and for someone out there that name is strikingly important. That name is someone's bff since kindergarten, or maybe someone's boyfriend, or someone's kid. That name is as significant to someone as yours is to you.

It's just like driving through a residential area. All the houses drift by, a grey and brown smear until you reach yours, or your friend's, and that one leaps out. But what of the others? Maybe that nondescript one there is someone's first home. Maybe, twenty years ago, in that one next to it, someone had their first kiss. And you just drove by, oblivious to how strongly each house may be burned into the memories of others.

Or on the freeway. Think of how many memories you have with your car... then look at the hundreds upon hundreds of cars flying by every few seconds.

Or all the people at the mall. Or through a graveyard. Or attached to an online petition.

People, everywhere. We can't comprehend how large a number 7 billion is, and even if we could, we couldn't possibly grasp the humanity behind each individual in that 7 billion.

Instead, we dehumanize with labels. It makes it easy -- That's a terrorist, that's a Democrat, that's a communist, those are Christians or Muslims or Atheists. We watch that video of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima -- "Ooh! Pretty colors, how cool that explosion looks." -- and tune out all the people, all the houses, all the cars that just... ended. So much easier to look at a region and say, "They're the Enemy."

They're the Enemy, and God bless the good guys.
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Jeffrey R. Holland gave this talk back in April about the parable of the workers in the vineyard -- a parable which, let's be honest, only works as a metaphor about getting into Heaven, because in any...
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