The Interaction Was Paradox-Free

January 30, 2015

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You know, usually we can just point and chuckle at the quantum-silliness of Deepak Chopra, and roll our eyes at his gobbledygook, but he's really crossed a line here. Chopra is denying that HIV causes AIDS, and that the real culprit is "[sufferers'] own interpretations of the whole reality they’re participating in." He's now moved from joke to danger. 

Our legal director Nick Little talks to Philadelphia Gay News about a Chester County school district hosting the Boy Scouts of America's recruitment assemblies:

Even if the assembly is made voluntary, there’s a question as to how voluntary it really is. There’s a lot of peer pressure that needs to be considered. It’s simply not appropriate to have this assembly during school hours and seemingly endorsed by the school. 

A new Pew survey shows a yawning chasm between the views of scientists and the public on issues of scientific concern, and scientists pretty much agree we're all a bunch of uninformed dummies. Which I have trouble arguing with, being a dummy. 

Texas State Rep. Molly White (R-McCarthy Era) says Muslims visiting her office must swear allegiance to the U.S. and renounce terrorism or be kicked out of her office. I presume she'll also make sure all white people renounce racism and hate crimes, that all cops renounce police brutality, that all baseball players renounce steroids, that all Maiar renounce Sauron... 

The Baptist Joint Committee on "School Choice Week": "The truth is, school vouchers are unpopular, don’t work, drain public school resources, and send taxpayer money flowing to religious schools." 

Coming soon: A stage production of the book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, which lives online as @TheTweetofGod, with God played by Jim Parsons. 

Bill Nye drops an F-bomb over footballs and climate change for Funny or Die. 

A Mennonite couple in Iowa stop holding weddings at their art gallery rather than allow same-sex weddings

A court finds in favor of a man who refused to use a fingerprint scanner at work because he was afraid he'd be given the "mark of the Beast." Yep. 

1000 people in Arizona have potentially been exposed to the measles

John Snyder at Science-Based Medicine on anti-vax "hot-zone schools": "It never ceases to amaze me how few of the parents I know think about the risk to their own children from vaccine-exempt children in their schools and communities." 

Physicists at the University of Queensland simulate time travel:

The team of physicists simulated a particle traveling through a [closed-time curve] by firing pairs of entangled light particles through a circuit. Entangled particles are created from the same parent particle, so they are identical to each other and any force that acts on one immediately affects the other. The entangled particles passed through a circuit and hit a polarized beam splitter that broke them apart so they could interact with each other. Think of it has you meeting the younger version of yourself right at the entrance to a time travel loop. ... So what happened when the simulated past and present versions of the particle met each other? The interaction was paradox-free, and the quantum particles came out of the mock time machine in exactly the same way they entered it.

Bryan Fischer has apparently not been fired by the AFA

Florida public radio covers the beginning of the Gainesville "atheist brunch." What if you don't believe in brunch? 

I don't even know what to say about this. Gwyneth Paltrow wants women to steam their vaginas:

A combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it. 

Quote of the Day

What Stephen Fry would say to God: 

I’ll say, ‘Bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you! How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right. It’s utterly, utterly evil.’ Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain? That's what I'd say.
 
Plus:
 
Atheism is not just about believing that there is no God, but on the assumption that there is one, what kind of God is he? It’s perfectly apparent: He is monstrous, utterly monstrous, and deserves no respect whatsoever. The moment you banish him, your life becomes simpler, purer, cleaner, and more worth living, in my opinion. 

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