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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. Looks like Doug Ford, thinks once your eleted you can be hitler :) I think if libraries are’nt used then books should be stored, digitised and made avaiolable online, with a smaller access reception tothe storage with a coffe shop peotry venue, social space where literature and knowlege are celebrated.

  2. Bravo to WAPO!
    That was a wonderful right up. Starting off what these atheist kids believe rather than what they don’t believe, forgoing, for the most part, unnecessary false balance, and not being condicending about atheists.
    The only thing I saw wrong was adding atheist to the front of all the activities, while meant to be a joke?, was pretty weird.

  3. Since camp is pretty much about parents projecting their desired childhood on their kids, it makes perfect sense. The CR one doesn’t surprise. At the risk of sounding like the resident hippy…when you define human beings as consumers, not creative critical thinking beings, creative and critical thinking has to take a back seat to consuming.

    1. “Since camp is pretty much about parents projecting their desired childhood on their kids”

      Explain further, please.

      “when you define human beings as consumers, not creative critical thinking beings, creative and critical thinking has to take a back seat to consuming.”

      When you decide you can define a person on such a binary scale, you’ve created a bigger problem.

  4. Consumer Reports may perhaps have been seeking to weigh off the ‘perceived benefits’ of the different therapies, although it sounds like that’s not how the report was presented.

    However, I take issue with the Scientific Medicine blog being wholly rational in all else, yet irrationally choosing to mistreat the word “woo” in their post, by assigning apparently their own meaning to it. (Whimsy? Ridiculousness? If you’re going to make up a word, make a brand new one… floopiness?)

  5. @Discordian

    It’s pretty common for parents to encourage their kids behavior based on what they wish they could have done at that age. That doesn’t mean that it’s not what the kid wants to do, just that as a parent you struggle not to project your desired childhood onto your children. I know that I was sent to Bible camp because that was the sort of thing my parents would have like to do when they were kids. I was encouraged to hunt and trap because that was the sort of thing my dad liked to do at that age, etc.

    Offering an alternative vision to human beings as consumers is not stating those are the only two visions.

    That said, the magazine is CONSUMER reports. Ultimately their job is to encourage you to consume. The fact they are helping you consume with the most bang per buck doesn’t mean that they are offering you good advice. They give advice on the best fossil fuel hogging luxury car to heat up the planet with. How is that any less responsible than giving advice on the best woo to buy?

  6. My parents put me in the scouts. I Then was totally unsware of how useful all those rope knots could be later for bondage so didn’tr learn any. and when I left, I became an English (non royalist) republican, sex positive and Atheist, So themed camps have no effect on thinking minds who do as they please as adults.

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