Afternoon Inquisition

AI: Science Burgers

AI: Science Burgers

If you haven’t been reading the news lately, you may have missed the hoopla surrounding the consumption of the world’s first lab-grown beef burger. Basically, scientists have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and years to culture what is apparently a fairly bland burger (not enough fat, I presume). The science behind cell culture and tissue engineering is amazing. Scientists have ... »

AI: Childfree and Fabulous

AI: Childfree and Fabulous

The upcoming issue of TIME Magazine is going to run a cover story by Lauren Sandler on the Childfree lifestyle and how “having it all” can mean not having children. And as a childfree, happily married woman I thought to myself, fuck yeah! You know what? I am content this way even with the sad, tilted-head looks I get from (some of) my mommy-friends and relatives. “Aw, you would u... »

AI: Welcome White Lady Shoppers!

AI: Welcome White Lady Shoppers!

After George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder, the talk everywhere was focused how different life is when you’re white vs when you’re not white. Because I’m not an asshole, I got that. I understood that. At least in a way that acknowledges this difference. But one thing I kept hearing repeatedly was how people of color get followed in stores. I’ve heard this throughout my ... »

AI: What to Call Non-Alt Med?

AI: What to Call Non-Alt Med?

Yesterday, Carrie Poppy and I had a great conversation sparked by my re-tweeting of Sarah Moglia. Saying this ? advocating alt med. Shouldn't be that hard to understand RT @Mowgli3 WESTERN MEDICINE IS NOT PERFECT. — Heina Dadabhoy (@futilityfiles) July 22, 2013 Click here for the full conversation. Basically, I used the term “Western medicine” which Carrie called out for its ... »

AI: Body Integrity Identity Disorder and Wanting to be Disabled

AI: Body Integrity Identity Disorder and Wanting to be Disabled

Chloe Jennings-White is a healthy, able-bodied. 58 year-old research scientist who lives part of her life in wheelchair. She lives this way not by necessity, but by choice. Chloe suffers from what is known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder. She has perfectly healthy legs and even has been known to ski, but she identifies and sees herself as a person with a disability. She wants desperately to be... »

AI: Forced to learn to like learning new things

This summer I made plans to run more and write more. I put my son in theater camp and enrolled my daughter in preschool and I was going to do nothing but sit on my laptop, churning out Skepchick content as if my couch were a critical thought sweatshop, only taking breaks so I can get in at least 30 miles a week of running. This was the summer of productivity! And I was going to WIN IT. But sweatca... »

AI: The Minute Rice Exorcism

AI: The Minute Rice Exorcism

You guys! I’m in a horrible situation! I have no computer! Yes, I have my phone. And my iPad. And a backup phone. And an iPod Touch, and access to other household computers should I desperately need one. BUT BESIDES THOSE I HAVE NO COMPUTER! Last week, a series of events resulted in me accidentally leaving my laptop outside during a heavy rainstorm. Now it no longer works. Because water is m... »

AI: Satire and Spreading Memes

AI: Satire and Spreading Memes

I have been reading about internet memes and how and why derivative and satirical works get spread on the internet in preparation for a panel I am going to be on at CONvergence/SkepchickCon next week. It is an interesting topic I had never thought that deeply about. I am not looking at the comparison of memes to actual genetics as Dawkins might, but more at how and why certain ideas get copied, mi... »

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