SSA Week Day 3: 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 $65,000 out of a goal of $100,000, a gain of more than $5,000 since yesterday. Awesome!
Yesterday's ongoing blogathon had two participants, but three participating bloggers. Here are my favorites from the bunch:
At WWJTD?, JT Eberhard points out that Kansas is at it again with teaching anti-science in science classes, and asks if we need to invent another parody deity to ridicule them (the Flying Spaghetti Monster came out of the last time this happened). I have to say I love his proposal of Mortimer, the Godly Tree Stump.
His co-blogger Michaelyn also got into the game, with a firsthand account of why secular student groups matter, and how a shy agnostic rose to the presidency of her college atheist group.
And at Unequally Yoked, Leah Libresco was answering challenges to a recent post on same-sex marriage. Some were geekier and more analytical than others, but my personal favorite was her musing on why trebuchets would be better than coffee at creating happy relationships.
SSA Week continues! If you want to support the SSA, click here to contribute. And if you do, leave a comment below or send me an e-mail letting me know you chipped in and for how much. I may just have a special gift for the top contributors...
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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