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If a designer was designing us, either they’re a terrible designer or they’ve got a great sense of humour, because we’re carrying around all sorts of genes that don’t work.

Sean B. Carroll, Freethought Radio, 24 May 2008

Sean B. Carroll

Because the [religious] moderates are so nice we all are brought up with the idea that there’s something good about religious faith. That there’s something good about bringing children up to have a faith.

Which means to believe something without evidence and without the need for justifying it.

They’re entitled simply to say, “Oh, that’s my faith, I believe it, you’re not allowed to question it and you’re not allowed to ask me why I hold it.”

Once you teach people that that’s a legitimate reason for believing something then you as it were give a licence to the extremists who say, “My belief is that I’m supposed to be a suicide bomber or I’m supposed to blow up buildings – it’s my faith and you can’t question that.”

Something a little different : “Sci-Fi: since 1902”

This is a montage of some of the best science fiction films ever made. A total of 62 films ordered by release year (not all of them) from 1902 to the present. Thanks for watching, enjoy.

A few that I wouldn’t have included, and some omissions, but no egregious ones … 

1902 – Le Voyage dans la Lune
1927 – Metropolis
1929 – Fraud Im Mond
1931 – Frankenstein
1933 – The Invisible Man
1936 – The Devil Doll
1951 – The Day the Earth Stood Still
1953 – The War of the Worlds
1956 – Forbidden Planet
1956 – Invasion of the Body Snatchers
1957 – The Incredible Shrinking Man
1960 – The Time Machine
1960 – The Village of the Damned
1966 – Fahrenheit 451
1968 – 2001 : A Space Odyssey
1968 – Planet of the Apes
1971 – A Clockwork Orange
1972 – Solaris
1973 – Fantastic Planet
1974 – Soylent Green
1977 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1977 – Star Wars : Episode IV : A New Hope
1979 – Alien
1979 – Stalker
1980 – Star Wars : Episode V : The Empire Strikes Back
1982 – Blade Runner
1982 – E.T.
1982 – The Thing
1982 – Tron
1984 – Terminator
1985 – Back to the Future
1985 – Brazil
1986 – The Fly
1987 – Predator
1987 – Robocop
1989 – Back to the Future II
1990 – Total Recall
1991 – Terminator II
1993 – Jurassic Park
1995 – Ghost in the Shell
1995 – Twelve Monkeys
1997 – Abre los Ojos
1997 – Cube
1997 – Gattaca
1997 – The Fifth Element
1999 – The Matrix
1999 – Being John Malcovich
2001 – Donnie Darko
2002 – Akira
2002 – Minority Report
2005 – V For Vendetta
2006 – Children of Men
2008 – Wall-E
2009 – Avatar
2009 – District 9
2009 – Moon
2009 – Watchmen
2010 – Inception
2011 – Super-8
2013 – Star Trek : Into Darkness
2013 – Gravity
2013 – Her (voice only)

“Doctor Who: 50 Years of Humanism” | Brandon Fibbs

“All the elements in your body were forged many, many millions of years ago in the heart of a faraway star… eventually they came together to make you.”

“Call me old fashioned, but if you really wanted peace couldn’t you just stop fighting?”

“You can change people’s minds just with words.”

“There is no indignity in being afraid to die. But there is a terrible shame in being afraid to live.”

“To the rational mind, nothing is inexplicable, only unexplained.”

“I too used to believe in magic. But the Doctor taught me about science. It is better to believe in science.”

“You know, the very powerful, and the very stupid, have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views.”

“Answers are easy. It’s asking the right questions that’s hard.”

“I don’t understand.”
“Exciting, isn’t it?!”


She’s a professor at Stanford, too! Per the Stanford press release, “The award recognizes Mirzakhani’s sophisticated and highly original contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects. Although her work is considered “pure mathematics” and is mostly theoretical, it has implications for physics and quantum field theory.”

(via fuckyeahwarriorwomen)

Dork Tower | “We’re #1


We asked Aware Girls founder Gulalai Ismail, who will be speaking at the event, what her thoughts were on the right to free thought and free expression.


We asked Aware Girls founder Gulalai Ismail, who will be speaking at the event, what her thoughts were on the right to free thought and free expression.