Skepchick Quickies, 3.24


Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. Warning: Viewing the Nightline face-off atheist smackdown may result in severe, acute Choprawoo syndrome. You may experience extreme frustration, have feelings of overwhelming pretentiousness-induced nausea and have the overwhelming urge to throttle your computer screen. If feelings of quantum-flapdoodle-effected dizziness, or meaningless, postmodern vapidity-instigated vomiting lasts longer than 20 minutes, consult a Dr. Harris immediately and watch this awesome TED presentation by him on rational moral landscapes.

  2. It’s interesting to me that the Nightline article lists 92% believing in God OR universal spirit- makes me wonder how the question was asked. And since they don’t link to the survey, I can’t tell. I’m also curious as to the “vast majority” who believe in an afterlife. Seems like a more telling number for traditional religious beliefs (although I know the opinion on the after life is varied in Judaism).

    Are they including agnostics in the 92%? I’m really curious.

  3. From the chili article, “…grown and eaten in India’s northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach troubles…”. Yes, it’s used to cure stomach troubles. How, may you ask? Wikipedia tells me the answer: homeopathically.

  4. I poked around their site, but does anyone know why March 24th was chosen for Ada Lovelace day? I didn’t see anything particular in her bio that made the date significant.

  5. @Mark Hall: I remember when this started last year, and I don’t believe there is any particular reason for the date. I think it was just chosen at random.

  6. @Displaced Northerner:
    I like that the article actually had a typo that said most people believed in “Godor [sic] a universal spirit.”
    I’m going to spend the rest of the day saying, “I am Godor! Bow before me!”

  7. Hahahahaha…. I’m in that nightline video! I forgot about that “deny the existence of the Holy Spirit” video.

    Man, my hair was weird back then.

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