SSA Week Day 2: My Picks
SSA Week is ongoing, as atheist bloggers come together to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance. At the time this post was published, they've collectively raised $59,680 out of a goal of $100,000. Keep it up!
For Sunday's blogathon, we had four participants. Here are my picks:
First, Dale McGowan at The Meming of Life wrote 33 excellent, thoughtful posts, which somehow seems like cheating. Of them all, my favorite was Dying, about how an atheist parent can teach their kids about death. My runner-up was What Vonnegut said, or maybe didn't, about a quote that may or may not have been said by Kurt Vonnegut, but is an inspiring thought nonetheless.
Maryam Namazie pointed out that in Muslim theocracies, violence against nonbelievers and brutal gender segregation run riot, but all you need for an arrest is hurt religious sentiment.
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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