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"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
— Carl Sagan

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Why do people keep celebrating Catholic saints and assuming I would want to, as well?

Fuck Patrick. He wasn't even Irish.

Smokey bacon potato chips count as breakfast food, right?

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"No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don't ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives."
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Be better for International Women's Day and every day.

I am offended by pseudoscience and magical thinking. Where are MY blasphemy laws?

Be careful when you claim atheism is a religion. All that does is make YOUR religion a hate crime.

"Scientism" -- as it is defined -- is a funny concept. Semantically, it just means "to hold a worldview based in science". Definitionally, it's often used to mean "excessive belief in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques".

Can you imagine telling a Christian they have "excessive belief in the power of the Jesus"? Do you know what they would say?

They would tell you that they have exactly as much belief in the power of the Jesus as Christianity tells them they should have.

Now apply that to the idea of Scientism. Understand that one of the most basic tenets of science is to NOT have immutable belief in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques. It's foundational.

"Scientism" -- in this sense -- has been defined by people who neither value nor understand science. I say we take it back.

I am a Scientist.

I could be wrong, as an atheist.
Even if I am, though, I'd still be mostly right.
If some particular god does turn out to exist, that would mean there were tens of thousands that didn't.

Pascal's Wager that shit.

Why is it only just now occuring to me that you could make soap out of bacon?

It's funny how many people inadvertently get empathy wrong.

Instead of placing themselves in the shoes of another, they place their shoes on the other and imagine how they would walk around in their life.

It's close but garners vastly different results.

I find it remarkable that calling something "ridiculous" is self-fulfilling.

I find it ridiculous that the same is true of "remarkable".

The more we know, the more we know the limitations of our knowledge.

The more we know, the more time we spend bumping up against our own ignorance.

The more we know, the more we know just how limited we are.

And that scares us.

Is water an emergent property of the interaction between hydrogen and oxygen?

1. An insult applied by someone that actually reflects badly on them, outing them in some way.

My favourite recent outsult was being called a "thesaurus trying to impress people by looking intelligent" because I know what words like "hyperbole" and "sardonic" mean.

No, little dude, this is actually just how I talk because I'm well read and literate. Good to know where YOUR bar is, though.

I find it dismaying how many of my attempts at conversation on a variety of topics so often turn into conversations about how so many people lack the skills and temperament necessary to have productive conversations.

How is it possible an entire generation has come down with Munchausen Syndrome?

"I want people to like me."

No, you want to be someone people like. There's a really big difference.

Rolled over and opened my eyes to a clock that read 1235.

Gotta acknowledge the near misses, too.

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