The Course of Reason

Top Four Presidents That Probably Shouldn’t Have Sworn in on the Bible

November 10, 2011 Melanie Cornell

Buzz over the 2012 presidential campaign is growing more every day, and I'm all aflutter witnessing the shit storm that is the Republican primary unfold. Watching "Rock-You-Like-A-Herman Cain" craftily dodge opportunities to refute cult slams on Mormon "Mittens" Romney got me thinking recently about the ambiguous religious affiliations of some of our past presidents.

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The Gifts of Carl Sagan

November 9, 2011 Lauren Becker

When I was ten years old, I would lie on the floor of our family room on Sunday nights watching Carl Sagan’s astronomy series, Cosmos. Barely blinking, barely breathing, my whole family sat transfixed by the images and the music, but mostly we were awed by the science.

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Music Monday: Aesop Rock - “Big Bang”

November 7, 2011 Cody Hashman

I am going to get straigh to the point today. 1. It's Carl Sagan's birthday this week. 2. Aesop Rock did an AMA last night on reddit. 3. He also wrote a song called "Big Bang" wherein he states, "I don't really believe in God." 4. I am having a hard time connecting these facts. 

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After All, What Would Jesus Do?

November 7, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

I'm not normally a big TV-watcher, but every once and a while, a small-screen gem pops up on my Netflix instant queue (X-Files, Home Movies, etc.) and I have to watch every episode. The Wonder Years is the most recent gem that I have found. I've watched entirely too many episodes in too short of an amount of time, but the retro lives of the Arnold household have given me a lot to think about, like why is Craig Hobson such a jerk? What was life like before the internet? What's a map? Why are they sitting at the kitchen table to talk on the phone? And most importantly, why does being a kid suck so much?

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The Value of Prayer

November 4, 2011 Seth Kurtenbach

Hey all! Seth Kurtenbach here. This will be quick and painless and full of plugs (there is a sex pun somewhere in there, but I can't figure it out).

In Columbia, Missouri, there is a church with a sign out front that reads something like, "Prayer + $1 dollar = food for the needy".

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