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College graduate. Born and raised Texan. 23 next May. Obsessed with science, especially quantum chemistry and chemical biology. Mild OCD. Works in a research lab studying protein mechanisms. Reads and broods about politics; occasionally rants. Empirically inclined. Clumsy. Prone to falling down philosophical rabbit holes.


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Wild hair and wildly incessant insomnia,

I call this my mad scientist look.

Wild hair and wildly incessant insomnia,

I call this my mad scientist look.

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#personal  #insomnia  #myface 
"

A first-rate scientist partial to beer … the kind of mind that needed dulling to slow it down or to distance itself from the possibility of despair.

Beer versus scientist represented a kind of schism between the banality of speech versus the originality of thought. An ongoing battle.

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Control, Authority
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#quotes  #books  #jeff vandermeer  #authority  #southern reach trilogy 

thebrokenheartedthatstillsing:

maxkirin:

"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.” - Gary Provost

Reading this was so satisfying woah

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Anonymous asked: Hi you’re soooo pretty please answer this WOULD YOU RATHER! Willy Wonka vs Harry Potter: Would you rather be blown up into a big fat blueberry (like Violet) and be rolled away OR have your body inflated into a big huge balloon and float away helplessly? (a la Aunt Marge) Bonus points if you tell me which scene was better and why :)


Answer:

Though Aunt Marge’s condition was shown to be reversible whereas Violet’s was more ambiguously perilous, I would still rather be turned into a blueberry.

Blueberries contain lots of antioxidants, which reduce free radicals causing damage to tissue (particularly in the brain), so there’s a reasonable chance I could net profit intelligence-wise by becoming a blueberry given that I get to keep my sentience.

On the other hand, if I become inflated like Aunt Marge and the only people in my proximity are useless muggles, it’s only a matter of time before I ascend too high into the atmosphere and die of asphyxiation or deflate at hydrostatic equilibrium and fall to my death.

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It’s been a long day in the world of science

It’s been a long day in the world of science

— 1 month ago with 3 notes
#personal  #me  #selfie 
The whole hole

I took a little piece of me
stabbed it deep.
so you could see
a better representation of me
hollow and empty
I am hollow & empty
I am finally —
I am whole.
Do you want to fill this hole? Do you wanna feel whole

— 1 month ago

escapedgoat:

ctron164:

lysergic-asshole:

SMACKDOWN. GEORGE RR MARTIN WINS EVERY DEBATE EVER FOR THE REST OF TIME.

God !! I haven’t even seen the whole show and I agree with this. 

I wish more men (hell,people PERIOD) would think this way and stop with this “women are mystical creatures not meant to be understood” bullshit.

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In Response To "Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity" →

peterspidermanparker:

ariayugen:

Let me preface with a quote by Milan Kundera I find particularly illustrative of the most sincere motives I employed in writing this response:

"It takes great maturity to understand that the opinion we are arguing for is merely the hypothesis we favor, necessarily imperfect, probably transitory,…

I think your analysis is powerful and intelligent.  You’ve clearly dedicated a lot of time to thinking about this complex topic.  I’d like to begin with applause, because this is often one where you become vilified for your lack of belief, so it takes more courage than most other topics one might talk about.

That being said, I found the last little part a bit unsatisfactory. Your explanation for your disenchantment:

"If you’re wondering from where the roots of our disenchantment with religion grow, it’s from the difficulty we have seeing Christianity as anything other than the latest trend among anthropomorphic belief systems with a statistically plausible, even likely, expiration date."

I think one of the key elements of science and truth is that it’s true whether or not anyone believes it.  It wouldn’t matter if no one believed it, or no one was around to believe it, the earth would still be round, fire burns, and one plus one equals two.  In other words, the idea that something is new or soon to be gone simply isn’t a good enough reason for falsification, because truth is independent of belief.

What if all the other belief systems before Christianity were misconceptions, and like any progressive knowledge, we’ve been moving closer to the truth and finally hit it’s mark?  What if it dies out a hundred years from now, but just so happened to have been true all along?  Obviously I don’t believe these things, I’m simply playing devils advocate.

I personally think that the best reason not to follow a religion, or at least any of those posited thus far, is as simple as it is elegant.  An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary evidence.  The simple truth is that when you apply your typically rational thinking that you apply to everything in your life to religion, you realize how preposterous it is.  If I were to tell you I can walk on water, you’d probably ask to see it with your own eyes.  Even if you saw it, you’d probably assume I was a magician like David Copperfield or Criss Angel.  You’d assume some trick was being pulled.  We’re brilliant skeptics in every facet of our lives, but for some reason we turn that off when we read it in a book written thousands of years ago.  We believe in something because an old book says it, but we probably wouldn’t believe if we saw it in waking daylight in any other context.

Was it Neil Degrasse Tyson that said ‘the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it’?

I whole-heartedly agree with all of the above. As a chemist, this is of course a pillar of my belief system and a direction I almost took my response.

However, the article focused on the initial events and thought processes leading to atheism, and my atheism predated significant awareness of the nature of the scientific method. Rather, it grew from awareness of facts simply afforded by it.

Moreover, on the spectrum of the conflict between science and religion, there are those convinced science is simply too young to understand God; to this, I wanted my response to convey: we are simply too young to understand religion.

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A Response To “Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity”

Let me preface with a quote by Milan Kundera I find particularly illustrative of the most sincere motives I employed in writing this response:

"It takes great maturity to understand that the opinion we are arguing for is merely the hypothesis we favor, necessarily imperfect, probably transitory, which only very limited minds can declare to be a certainty or truth."

The article is written by a Christian who self-professes to seek calm and rational discourse with atheists, so I automatically like the guy. Being the most logical step towards reconciling any problems that may be keeping us from living in harmony with each other, I’m all for this.

I have a lot in common with the “composite sketch of American college-aged atheists” described in this article. I attended church when I was a child. The mission and message of it was indeed vague, but mostly because of the inconsistencies I observed between what was preached and what was practiced. Perhaps this was the primary reason I found the church’s answers to life’s difficult questions superficial.

Seemingly, there is only one major difference between me and the apparent pattern: I’ve always known I was an atheist. I’ve spent 23 years denying, hiding, pondering, ignoring, researching, philosophizing, accepting and debating this worldview. I’m still learning; but, having been at it longer and perhaps more rigorously than most of my peers, indulge me as I attempt to clarify the logos leading to our stray from religion.

Essentially, it all comes down to the big picture. Assuming you believe what science has thus far elucidated, that picture includes:

- The formation of every atom and every collision between every star and galaxy leading to the accretion of cosmic dust comprising our solar system,

- The statistical magnificence of our planet’s biosphere and it’s cultivation of life as we know it,

- The nearly 4 billion years of evolution that biosphere required to produce a species intelligent enough to contemplate its own complexity,

- The relatively short history of the human race, including but not limited to the rise and fall of countless civilizations, philosophies, cultures, traditions and religions,

- The patterns we can derive from what we know of our history in order to most accurately judge the present reality we all seem to be currently experiencing.

If you’re wondering from where the roots of our disenchantment with religion grow, it’s from the difficulty we have seeing Christianity as anything other than the latest trend among anthropomorphic belief systems with a statistically plausible, even likely, expiration date.

A holistic tool utilized by an infantile sentient species to unify societies and kick start our advancement to higher levels of complexity.

An infinitesimally small blip on the celestial timeline of the universe.

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"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
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