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Cosmos sex tips?
Cosmos sex tips?
Anonymous asked: What's your take on Quebec's push to ban public displays of religion? Do you feel your atheism affects your opinion on it? Thanks! <3
I read about this in a paper I picked up in a cafe a while ago. My only problem with it is the fact that by “ban public displays of religion” they basically just mean ban religiously associated headgear from the middle-east. They definitely aren’t targeting people with Christian/Catholic symbols.
Maybe it is not as much of a problem here in Ontario as it is in Quebec - I’ve never been - but the only reason I can see for the ban would be if these religious symbols are somehow being used to oppress or harm others or form malicious rivalries between those of different religious faiths. Even if I were decked in complete religiously-associated gear, the most people could reasonably comment is that I’m a fashion faux-pas, not a danger to society.
They might be even crazier and be talking about making a fake meat roast out of nuts.
I considered this possibility until I imagined the outcome of such a recipe and how truly nutty it would be.
peripateticthinker asked: Have you got a favourite nut roast recipe? There are so many to choose from!
Nut roast? You mean, like, legitimately roasting nuts yourself? Hm. I’ve never actually done it (except for with pumpkin seeds around Halloween time). I should try it out this year, I loved those candy coated nuts that we’d always have around this time of year, but so many commercial versions of them are non-vegan.
Dear tumblr followers,
what do you get your mothers for Christmas?
Soy (who does not know what moms like)
Every department at my university is fairly “normal”… except for the Engineering department. They go out of their way, and have for a long time, to brew up some wacky mayhem. Many of the Engineering students consider it necessary for their learning experience as a Mac Eng student to be a prankster, or pull off something that gets in the local papers. Sometimes these shenanigans are benign or even charitable, and other times they seek to make life harder for every student who isn’t in Engineering. If this department had a D&D alignment, I would call it Chaotic Neutral. However, since their wacky behaviour is coded as tradition and something intrinsic about the nature of our university, a great deal of their fairly non-academic events get completely subsidized.
They can go to events for half-price in Toronto, drink beer subsidized by the school, host parties with the Nursing students… if the average student looks close enough on MUGSI, they will notice that part of our tuition goes to building their solar cars.
They have produced Musicals since 1999, such hits as “Alice Through The Optically Reflective Back-Side Metallized SiO2 Lens” or “Les Engineerables”.
One big problem with a single department holding so much power over the school’s culture - whether they use it for good or evil - is that the Engineering department is predominantly male, and it often seems that not only are women discouraged from being part of the Eng culture, but it can often conflate the power of the Eng society with male fraternity and superiority. When the Eng department uses their influence for the worst, it can regularly take the form of malicious sexism.
I find it strange that one department above all has legends and fables behind their traditions, is the only department that has a jacket which represents them rather than a tee-shirt like the other departments (Mac Eng students wear leather jackets with the iconic fireball on the back, whereas for example Humanities students have dark blue tee-shirts with a picture of Darth Vader on them that says “welcome to the arts side”). But I can only hope that the “dark side” of the engineering department - malicious pranks, constant fights with social sciences about who is “better”, and cultish behaviour - are rumours of the past that will be wiped out with a new wave of more conscientious students all around.
The essay I just mentioned, titled “Quantum Theory, Common Misinterpretations, and Instrumentalism” can now be read online here. As it was course text specific, to explain particle-wave duality I make reference to diagrams in Richard Dewitt’s Worldviews: An Introduction to The History and Philosophy of Science. However, any primer on particle-wave duality will suffice for clarifying the information provided there if free e-copies of the text are not available. Additionally, a full understanding of particle-wave duality is not necessary to understand its context in the essay, as I have provided textual descriptions of the very general idea of what particle-wave duality entails (including what it means for something to be “particle-like”, something to be “wave-like” and the size limitation of what constitutes a “quantum entity”).
I would love to hear feedback from young philosophers, scientists, and the like who are following me, as well as anyone who dabbles with interest in particle physics, quantum theory, or any theoretical scientific works.
Last but not least, I highly recommend all of the texts I have referenced in the paper (listed in the works cited). I also recommend any other objects of media I may have referenced in the paper (hint, hint: The 1997 movie Contact, and the book it is based on by Carl Sagan).
Anonymous asked: Hi Soy. Do you believe that truth is intrinsically or instrumentally valuable? What kinds of sacrifices can we make in the name of scientific discovery? I ask, because I saw this video on my dash of an entomologist pouring molten aluminum into an anthill to create a mold of the colony. Is the knowledge gained from the creation of molds of greater or lesser moral value than the lives of all the ants in the colony?
I just wrote an essay that was (in part) about how the models offered by the scientific method should be treated as if they are instrumentally useful instead of an intrinsic structure that has been pulled from the nature of reality. But, at the same time, I do not fully believe that our treating it as such is full admittance that this is the only answer possible, but rather it is a humble reservation of judgement for the sake of preserving science as a field of free inquiry as opposed to a field of dogmatic faiths. I wholly admit that this is a caution that I posit necessary because of the rather unsavoury nature of human beings and their ability to get, well, carried away with things. Perhaps if we were more moderate in our declarations of worldviews then we would not have to stay so far away from the possibility that some rigorous theories in the world can connect with something resembling objectivity.
In short, I will stick to convincing people of the usefulness or instrumental value of progressive human methodology (whether it be in the field of science or ethics or somewhere in-between) before I even begin to approach people with the idea that there are some unchangeable facts about either fields. This is a much more compatibilist attitude than I have held in the past (and to that note, it could either be speculated that I now hold this view because I have “matured”, OR that I hold this view simply because truths can often offer extreme values that are vehemently rejected by some and I am not a deus ex machina enough to handle the stress it brings…)
Anonymous asked: Who are some women you admire?
Ann Druyan, co-writer of the TV series Cosmos and the movie Contact.
Gillian Anderson, for her role as Dana Scully in the TV series The X-Files.
Erykah Badu, for her community-driven activism and veganism, and taking chances in the music industry.
Anne Hathaway, for (as tumblrites are fully aware) all the awesome she achieves, never taking shit from interviewers or reporters, great amounts of charity work (and going vegan in 2012).
Additionally, one of my philosophy professors who I have had since first year, who always seem to keep cheerful and quixotic even when some of her students act like complete weenies.
There are many more I’m missing, the likes of Marie Curie or Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Shelley.
I admire all women who think critically, help others, and want to make a change (however small) in the world we inhabit. Women who are not afraid to defy stereotypes, women who are comfortable with who they are, women who do not justify the oppression of other women. Women who have the strength to break away from the battle of sexism every once in a while to just truly be themselves outside of the confines of gender struggles, to see themselves foremost as a thinking being.
For the Dungeons and Dragons game I am running in the new year, I’m basically going to create a cult that worships Daft Punk. Their scripture will all just secretly be Daft Punk lyrics.
And lo, hath we awakened til dawn,
and sleep we did abandon in hopes of our gains.
We did abandon it in hope for the sake of our merriment,
Awakened til dawn for our fortuitousness.
The divine one sang out in a blaze of light and chrome,
"We are up all night to get lucky, my brethren."
Anonymous asked: you know that atheism and cats are deeply deeply related. tsk. don't they teach you that at philosophy school?
My school does not support the philosophical branch of contemporary felineology, I’m afraid. We never even read Thomas Nagel’s What Is It Like To Be a Cat or Jean-Paul Sartre’s Existentialism is a Mew-manism.