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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. The glaring typo on that CNN video makes it impossible for me to pay attention to what she’s saying. Maybe it was written by that snake from The Jungle Book?

    I’d like to see a citation for those “studies” indicating that atheists don’t make it through survivor situations, apparently because they fail to do anything supernatural.

  2. “Dr.” Walsh: Science looks at some of the supernatural things in the writings and teachings of religions, and says, ‘Ah, well, science can disprove that.’ But science doesn’t have answers for everything.

    So… because science can only disprove positive, testable claims, we should all believe in the supernatural? “Dr.” Walsh, can you say ad ignorantium? I knew you could!

    And yes, I put her “doctor” title in quotations, because I feel if you’re not using that slip of paper for real practice or teaching, it’s a waste of a tree. It would be interesting to see her survive in an academic, publish-or-perish setting. She might have to do some—Oh, god!—actual research.

  3. To be fair, most of these survival studies are done on animals. Researchers will typically put atheist and christian mice together in artificial survival situations. These studies tend to have a modestly better outcome for the christian mice. However, there is simply no way to extrapolate these results to humans.

  4. @anonentity

    looks down at T-shirt which says, “I got bitten by a radioactive spider and all I got was this lousy thyroid tumor.”

    Sure, but its metastasis will be 50 times quicker than a regular tumor.

  5. So, if I’m in a survival situation, all I have to do is imagine that I myself have supernatural abilities and I’ll survive? Sweet! My building is on fire as I type, I was going to leave, but now I’ll just fantasize about being clairvoyant. That’s much easier.

  6. Slightly unrelated, and this might be an unreasonable request, but… Can we get a heads-up when you link to Huffington Post? I don’t like giving HuffPo pageviews, but it’s many a time that I’ve forgotten to check the link before I click and unwittingly ended up there. If this isn’t feasible, that’s cool – I’ll just try harder to check before I click.

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