Heather Spoonheim's Blog – May 2011 Archive (11)

The Islamic Threat

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

 

 

It has, of late, become impossible to compare or contrast the Abrahamic religions without encountering the theatrics of fear-mongering Islamophobes. Coherent dialogue rapidly becomes a phantom as emotional pleas propel themselves up slippery slopes, launching into nationalistic…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 31, 2011 at 10:30pm — 18 Comments

What is Reality?

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

 

Recently I have run into a string of theists who suggest that I am unable to perceive reality, or that my notion of reality is as much a fairy tale as I suggest theirs to be. These assertions are most aggressively made when I tell them that creationism and/or intelligent design are not scientific models and therefore…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 28, 2011 at 4:52pm — 14 Comments

Non-Cognitive Survival

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

War stories often relate extraordinary tales of soldiers who have survived the grimmest of odds. As we zoom in on a soldier hanging on for dear life in the belly of a landing craft headed for Omaha Beach we can hear the screams of those being blown to bits in the landing crafts around his. As the front wall of the craft drops…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 23, 2011 at 7:03pm — 6 Comments

Prophecy FAIL!

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

It is now 6 P.M., May 21, 2011 in Kiribati (Time zone UTC +14:00) and the rapture has begun, according to imminently-debunked, eschatological-prophet…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 20, 2011 at 11:30pm — 20 Comments

Philosophy is Alive and Well!

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

In The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking and fellow physicist/co-author Leonard Mlodinow declare that philosophy is dead because it has not kept up with modern…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 19, 2011 at 2:21pm — 15 Comments

Iraq War Civilian Fatalities

A report by – Heather Spoonheim

With estimates for civilian casualties in Iraq ranging from one hundred thousand to one million, one must wonder – what the hell is going on? For the most part, it seems, the parties producing these numbers are making no attempts whatsoever to mislead anyone. The reason such a wide discrepancy exists between the highest and lowest numbers…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 18, 2011 at 6:58am — 6 Comments

The Rule of 72 and Doubling Time

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

The drunken haze that I refer to as my ‘first year in University’ instilled within me three distinctly poignant lessons: that I did not want, in any way, shape, or form, to become a teacher; that one should never add water to a jar containing sodium just because there doesn’t seem to be enough fluid covering it; and that…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 16, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Crystal Assurances

A conceptual proposal by – Heather Spoonheim

Crystal Assurances is an emerging concept that is sure to make waves is the well established yet burgeoning sector of intangible\unfalsifiable goods and services. The Crystal Assurances concept is so fresh that a full prospectus has yet to be developed and so, in lieu, this rough conceptual disclosure is being released in…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 13, 2011 at 6:43am — 5 Comments

I'm an Atheist, NOT a Scientist!

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

As a ‘strong’ Atheist, I believe there are no gods. That is a belief that I am very comfortable, if not enthusiastic, to have challenged. The thing that irks me, however, is that those who try to challenge that belief almost never challenge it at all, but instead lay out a challenge to science. Now, I have an…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 11, 2011 at 6:40am — 45 Comments

Ticking Time Bomb Fallacy

A research essay by - Heather Spoonheim

 

Yesterday I started doing some research on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on America.  It has always bothered me that reliable information about a man at the center of those attacks has remained so elusive: like the exact location and date of his…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 5, 2011 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Risk Management for Skeptics

A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim

As an Atheist, I am often presented with Pascal’s Wager – essentially a postulation that one can optimize expected value by subscribing to Christianity. To be frank, although…

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Added by Heather Spoonheim on May 3, 2011 at 7:30am — 26 Comments

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