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Tracts in the Mail

As Olivia taught us recently in her DBT series, sometimes there are simply no pros to outweigh the cons of saying certain things to one’s relatives.  One such situation is the way that my very Christian grandparents keep sending me tracts and handwritten notes attempting to convert me.  Fortunately, they …

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Dear Sasquatch: Are Personality Tests Accurate?

Dear Sasquatch: My friends and I have been taking a bunch of personality tests, just for fun, really, but I have to admit that the results do seem to be dead on. Is there a scientific basis to any of these? —Lyssa P.

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Sorry, Wrong Number

I was going to write a simple post on numerology, but the more I looked into it, the more the topic expanded in multiple directions, from I Ching to Kabbalah, coincidences (which I wrote about here) to the equivalent of a horoscope or a personality test (which are kind of …

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When the Earth Shakes

Edit: This image can be found here. Just two weeks ago, my homestay sisters in Japan were frantically facebooking and emailing me to make sure I was okay after the massive earthquake in Christchurch- not so far from where I live. Today, all of that is reversed as I desperately …

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Science: A Love Letter

This sprouted as a refutation to this quote from Angels and Demons: “Science may have alleviated the miseries of disease and drudgery and provided an array of gadgetry for our entertainment and convenience, but it has left us in a world without wonder… The rift between us grows deeper and …

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astrologySkepticism

Facebook and Gender Ratios

Only a cold-hearted scientist can take their friends and turn them into numbers. Courtesy of the Friend Facts Facebook app, I have the following statistics regarding my Facebook friends: Gender breakdown: 33% female / 67% male Relationship status: 57% single / 43% taken Political breakdown: 97% democrats / 3% republicans …

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All of a Sudden Cold Reading is Clear to Me

I just turned a classroom full of astrology-believers into skeptics. A little while ago my Astronomy professor told us that we would be doing a research project on anything of our choosing. I had originally thought that I’d do something along the lines of the Earth-centred Ptolemaic model of the …

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