Skepticism

Ice Packs of Doubt and Uncertainty

I wrenched my knee somewhat badly performing in an aerial show, and I have been struggling to figure out, as a skeptic with google fu, whether or not to ice it.  My massage therapist insists that icing injuries is the thing to do, but then he also recommends chiropracty and …

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Sex Ed with James Dobson: 10 Things you Didn’t Know about True Love

It’s been some time, but I have finally brought myself to read more condescending advice on how to be a good Christian teenager from an upper middle class American family that conforms to outdated stereotypes. This chapter, “I think I’ve Fallen in Love” is in the form of a quiz, …

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Science Sunday: Why We can Feel Confident that the Egyptian Pyramids were not Granaries

A certain politician has remarked recently that it is his personal theory that the pyramids of Egypt were built by a Biblical figure to store grain.  Leaving aside the issue of having personal theories we are proud to bandy about without expertise in a given subject matter, how do we …

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Sex Ed with James Dobson: In Which Masturbation is Kind of OK, but Extramarital Sex will Send us Straight to Hell

My apologies for a long delay darlings, life has afflicted me with the ennui.  H.P. Lovecraft heroes tend to go grave robbing in such circumstances, but I’ve just been playing computer games. The second half of chapter three, “Something Crazy is Happening to my Body” is when we finally get …

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Sex Ed with James Dobson: In which Embryos are planted, Boys are Butterflies, and the Vagina is for Menstrual Blood and Babies

This next chapter, “Something Crazy is Happening to my Body,” is full of reassurances that nothing is wrong with you and everything is normal and you shouldn’t be afraid.  Wading through that with as little mention as possible, because it’s boring, we start to get some actual information, though highly …

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Sex Ed with James Dobson: In Which Conformity Leads us to Ruin our Bodies Through Drugs and Also Fail to Stand Up to the Evil Atheist Professor

I’ve written here, in reference to Josh Duggar, that I’m not really that bothered by most Christian hypocrisy.  Turns out, I’m wrong, Christians who tell me about the dangers of conformity to group social norms at the same time as they blithely inform me what I should be thinking and …

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Sex Ed with James Dobson: In Which We Feel Bad About Ourselves Because We are Ugly, Unintelligent, and Poor

Last time, Dr. Dobson explained that we will all develop a crushing sense of inferiority as adolescents, now he will tell us why.  We have three options for why, the first being that we feel ugly: As young people grow up in our American society today, there are three things …

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Sex Ed with James Dobson: In Which We will Most Certainly Drive the Metaphorical Car of Our Life Off a Cliff Without Reading this Book

We have finally reached the part of Preparing for Adolescence where the good Dr. Dobson is ready to talk to us rather than to our parents, and he’s going to start by convincing us that our lives were perfect but are about to become full of doom.  At first it’s not …

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