Monthly Archives: March 2015

A Long Time Ago, In A Scientific Field Far, Far Away . . .

by | March 31, 2015

Guest post by Sebastian Thaci Somebody recently pointed me to this “comprehensive and in-depth new public opinion poll” on religion in Canada conducted by the Angus Reid Institute: I have read all the study carefully, and I have to reject its results based on the selection bias and conceptual ambiguity. The study was conducted “among a… Read more »

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126th Anniversary Eiffel Tower

by | March 31, 2015

The Eiffel Tower in Paris was opened on March 31,1889. Today, Google France celebrates the 126th anniversary of the opening with Doodle: Joyeux 126e anniversaire la tour Eiffel  h/t: Jerry Coyne

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Avijit Roy

by | March 31, 2015

Guest post by Pat O’Brien In a scene from the long running television series, The West Wing, fictional US president Josiah Bartlet asks one of his advisors: “Why do we value the life of an American over another?” The response: “I don’t know why, but we do.” That is a bit how I felt after… Read more »

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Response from Rob Nicholson re Raif Badawi

by | March 30, 2015

On March 6, I wrote a letter to Prime Minister Harper, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson, and my MP, Gordon O’Connor.  Today, I received the following response:   Thank you for your email of March 6, 2015, regarding the case of Mr. Raif Badawi in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper… Read more »

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Murder Is the Only Blasphemy

by | March 30, 2015

Today, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) announced: “Another Atheist Blogger Murdered in Bangladesh This Morning”: Washiqur Rahman’s Facebook banner declares “#IamAvijit”, after the leading secular and humanist blogger, Avijit Roy, who was murdered a month ago in Bangladesh. This morning Washiqur Rahman himself was killed in similar circumstances: a machete attack by assailants… Read more »

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Something Special Is Happening in Cape Breton

by | March 30, 2015

In her introduction to the Atlantic Voice podcast, “Coming Out in Cape Breton,” Pauline Dakin says, One upon a time, we all knew what the words boy or girl meant, or we thought we did . . . Listen to reporter Joan Weeks as she tells the “story about shifting genders – young people who feel… Read more »

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