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Michael A. Lowry
Worked at Credit Suisse
Attended The University of Texas at Austin
Lives in Zürich, Switzerland
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True religion
In the wake of the attacks in Paris last night, I once again have reason to write a few words on the corrupting influence religion has on the pursuit of truth and goodness in the world. Dogmatism
& irrationality make people immune to reason. Religion allow...
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Nuance and context, but just for me
There is a special species of hypocrisy oft exhibited by ideologues and pundits: a person makes an outrageous, insulting, thoughtless, or simply foolish statement. When called out for it, he chastises his critics for their failure to  understand and appreci...
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More handwaving from Reza Aslan
In the very first sentence of this interview on The Young Turks, Aslan claims that he does not read Sam Harris’ writings. He then proceeds to criticize Harris and modern atheism at length, making several deliberate misrepresentations: Atheism is an intracta...
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I listened to the interview because up until recently, Aslan seemed more sane. Now, I'm of the impression he's advocating for religion as a way of giving people a way of seeking meaning in their lives and a common identity to create community. That's basically every reason for which I dislike religion. This think speak where indoctrination is some initiation into adult culture. There should always be room for deviation from the norm, everything else promotes a lack of creativity and ability to think for one's self.

I really thought he had a deeper perspective on religion, but I think he's stuck in the track of looking for meaning when the meaning, even if it is there, is completely irrelevant. 
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Suffer these indignities stoically
Men who entreat us to remember that ‘not all
men’ are wicked fail to understand something fundamental about people:
we humans learn from experience — the more intense the experience, the
more indelible the lesson. We also make generalizatio ns
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My thoughts on Robin Korth’s HuffPo article.
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The five stages of climate denial
Global warming is not happening. Okay, global warming may be happening, but it’s part of a natural cycle, and human activity has an insignificant effect. Alright, human activity may be causing climate change, be we shouldn’t
try to fix the problem because ...
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Reasonable fear, self defense, and murder
An article in the CSMonitor reviews the state of stand-your-ground laws in the U.S. Here’s a salient quotation from criminologist and gun policy expert Edward
Leddy, professor emeritus at St. Leo University in Florida: “If somebody breaks into your house i...
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Interstellar: unanswered questions
Warning: SPOILERS ahead! Here are some unanswered questions from  Interstellar: Why build a rocket silo inside an office building? Wouldn’t the exhaust make an awful mess? If a big rocket is required to lift one Ranger shuttle from Earth into space, how can...
Warning: SPOILERS ahead! Here are some unanswered questions from Interstellar: Why build a rocket silo inside an office building? Wouldn't the exhaust make an awful mess? If a big rocket is required to lift one Ranger shuttle from Earth into space, how can the same shuttle lift off unaided from ...
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Flirtation tips for men
Here are my tips for men on how to flirt with women: Keep busy with lots of activities and interests, and maintain your close friendships. This will ensure that you are busy and seldom lonely, mostly eliminating the awkwardness and creepiness that come from...
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Why you should stop using the word ‘mansplaining’
In a post from last week, Melissa A. Fabello of Everyday Feminisim offers 5 Simple Ways Men Can Better Respect Women . I like her suggestions, but I do have one quibble: Fabello uses the gendered pejorative ’mansplaining’ to describe the phenomenon wherein ...
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From the Ars Canora concert in Frauenfeld last Wednesday.
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+Jyrki Alakuijala and I have the same problem, +Sara V.
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IT Architect
Employment
  • Credit Suisse
    System Engineer, 2011 - 2012
  • IBM Research GmbH
    IT Architect, 2008 - 2011
  • IBM Software Group
    IT Consultant
  • IBM Global Services
    IT Specialist
  • Tivoli Systems
    Customer Support Engineer
  • IBM
  • Apple Inc.
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Currently
Zürich, Switzerland
Previously
Austin, Texas, U.S.A. - Stockholm, Sweden
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Photographer, outdoorsman, dancer, and technologist. Man of letters, humanist, and wise guy.
Introduction
Technologist, photographer, dancer, outdoorsman with connections in the U.S., Sweden, and Switzerland.
Education
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    Biology, 1992 - 1998
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