1. 15:33 2nd May 2012

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    Reblogged from supercuddlypuppies

    What men mean when they talk about their “crazy” ex-girlfriend is often that she was someone who cried a lot, or texted too often, or had an eating disorder, or wanted too much/too little sex, or generally felt anything beyond the realm of emotionally undemanding agreement. That does not make these women crazy. That makes those women human beings, who have flaws, and emotional weak spots. However, deciding that any behavior that he does not like must be insane– well, that does make a man a jerk.

    And when men do this on a regular basis, remember that, if you are a woman, you are not the exception. You are not so cool and fabulous and levelheaded that they will totally get where you are coming from when you show emotions other than “pleasant agreement.”

    When men say “most women are crazy, but not you, you’re so cool” the subtext is not, “I love you, be the mother to my children.” The subtext is “do not step out of line, here.” If you get close enough to the men who say things like this, eventually, you will do something that they do not find pleasant. They will decide you are crazy, because this is something they have already decided about women in general.

     
  2. On May 3, humanists and other freethinkers will be opposing National Day of Prayer by celebrating reason! Learn more on how you can participate.

     
  3. 10:43 25th Apr 2012

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    The diorama I made for my workplace Peeps contest is in the Indianapolis Star! :)

    At the Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center near St. Vincent Hospital on the Far Northwestside, the employees do serious work with patients with a variety of blood disorders, from hemophilia to sickle cell anemia.

    It can be stressful, which is where Peeps came in.

    Monday, six teams competed in an inter-office Peeps Diorama competition.

    Peeps diorama contests are sweeping the nation — confirm that with a Google search and find some hilarious photos! — and are even sponsored by venerated newspapers.

    At the hemophilia center, it was an idea sponsored by the clinic’s employee morale committee, which organizes fun, in-house activities about once a month. For the Peeps competition, the office even supplied uniformly sized boxes and several packages of Peeps. (Photos below! Photos below!)

    “Besides being an awesome place to treat patients, they also do a lot for employees,” said Katie Bisordi, a genetic specialist.

    Her entry, developed with data analyst Craig Haddix and information services specialist Kat Molitor, was a take on the book series and HBO show “The Game of Thrones.” The medieval fantasy series of power and dominion became “The Game of Peeps.

    It’s all edible: Rice Krispie castle walls topped with gum drops, dresses of fruit rollups and swords made of pretzels rolled in sparkly sugar. There also was a beheading, with red gel icing for blood, and color-coordinated Peeps characters.

    “It’s extensive Peeps genetics that we’re working with here,” Bisordi said.

     
  4. 10 Points of Humanism

    from “The Philosophy of Humanism” by Corliss Lamont

    First, Humanism believes in a naturalistic metaphysics or attitude toward the universe that considers all forms of the supernatural as myth; and that regards Nature as the totality of being and as a constantly changing system of matter and energy which exists independently of any mind or consciousness.

    Second, Humanism, drawing especially upon the laws and facts of science, believes that we human beings are an evolutionary product of the Nature of which we are a part; that the mind is indivisibly conjoined with the functioning of the brain; and that as an inseparable unity of body and personality we can have no conscious survival after death.

    Third, Humanism, having its ultimate faith in humankind, believes that human beings possess the power or potentiality of solving their own problems, through reliance primarily upon reason and scientific method applied with courage and vision.

    Fourth, Humanism, in opposition to all theories of universal determinism, fatalism, or predestination, believes that human beings, while conditioned by the past, possess genuine freedom of creative choice and action, and are, within certain objective limits, the shapers of their own destiny.

    Fifth, Humanism believes in an ethics or morality that grounds all human values in this-earthly experiences and relationships and that holds as its highest goal the this-worldly happiness, freedom, and progress—economic, cultural, and ethical of all humankind, irrespective of nation, race, or religion.

    Sixth, Humanism believes that the individual attains the good life by harmoniously combining personal satisfactions and continuous self-development with significant work and other activities that contribute to the welfare of the community.

    Seventh, Humanism believes in the widest possible development of art and the awareness of beauty, including the appreciation of Nature’s loveliness and splendor, so that the aesthetic experience may become a pervasive reality in the lives of all people.

    Eighth, Humanism believes in a far-reaching social program that stands for the establishment throughout the world of democracy, peace, and a high standard of living on the foundations of a flourishing economic order, both national and international.

    Ninth, Humanism believes in the complete social implementation of reason and scientific method; and thereby in democratic procedures, and parliamentary government, with full freedom of expression and civil liberties, throughout all areas of economic, political, and cultural life.

    Tenth, Humanism, in accordance with the scientific method, believes in the unending questioning of basic assumptions and convictions, including its own. Humanism is not a new dogma, but is a developing philosophy ever open to experimental testing, newly discovered facts, and more rigorous reasoning.

     
  5. 12:36 30th Mar 2012

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    More than a billion stars blaze bright in a new photo of our Milky Way galaxy snapped by an international team of astronomers.

     
  6. As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and the sky. In our tenure on this planet we’ve accumulated dangerous evolutionary baggage — propensities for aggression and ritual, submission to leaders, hostility to outsiders — all of which puts our survival in some doubt. But we’ve also acquired compassion for others, love for our children and desire to learn from history and experience, and a great soaring passionate intelligence — the clear tools for our continued survival and prosperity. Which aspects of our nature will prevail is uncertain, particularly when our visions and prospects are bound to one small part of the small planet Earth. But up there in the immensity of the Cosmos, an inescapable perspective awaits us.

    …A new consciousness is developing which sees the Earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are one planet. One of the great revelations of the age of space exploration is the image of the earth finite and lonely, somehow vulnerable, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time.

    — Carl Sagan
     
  7. 13:29 18th Mar 2012

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    Perfect breakfast

    Perfect breakfast

     
  8. 22:14 5th Mar 2012

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    My Grandfather (on the left) with a buddy, taken in 1946

    My Grandfather (on the left) with a buddy, taken in 1946

     
  9. 23:40 20th Feb 2012

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    supercuddlypuppies:

ikenbot:

Andes Milky Way
by Stephane Guisard

this is our home.

    supercuddlypuppies:

    ikenbot:

    Andes Milky Way

    by Stephane Guisard

    this is our home.

    (Source: afro-dominicano)

     
  10. 23:33

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    I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive. I am not young and I love life. But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation. Happiness is nonetheless true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting.

    Many a man has borne himself proudly on the scaffold; surely the same pride should teach us to think truly about man’s place in the world. Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cosy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigour, and the great spaces have a splendour of their own.

    — Bertrand Russell