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Arrogant Atheists vs. Everyone Else
Apr 25, 2007, 12:52p - Religion
Exposure started in preschool, at age 3. By 2nd grade, at the blossoming age of 7, I was ready. After 4 years of daily religion classes and Wednesday chapel services, it was time to make my public commitment to Christ. With baptism, I could be like my friends, be with them in what they believed. One final hurdle remained: ... more »

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A New Page
Apr 24, 2007, 3:48p - Blog Update
Today I added a new page to my blog. It's an About Me page with a brief biographical sketch of myself. Don't want any RSS readers to miss out.

The other non-syndicated pages on my blog are my book list, my movie list, and my blog list.
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Social Libertarianism
Apr 23, 2007, 10:10p - Culture
Pure libertarianism, while disproportionately popular among several of my friends and among the privileged, is neither a feasible nor a compassionate philosophy for social living. As much as I value my independence and want people to stop butting into each other's business, libertarianism will not work as a solution to the overreach of government and our culture of victimization. I, ... more »

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Ethics of Human Subjects
Apr 7, 2007, 10:39p - Ethics
As I've been considering grad school, I've gotten curious about the rules that regulate experiments involving humans. Specifically, I've been concerned that Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) (a) unnecessarily slow-down the pace of research and (b) prevent reasonable experiments from occurring at all. I've heard numerous horror-stories (one detailed below), and though I don't know exactly what research I want to ... more »

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Apr 4, 2007, 1:39p - Technology
I've been on leave from work since the middle of November, so I've had the past 4 months to pretty much do whatever I want. Except for the time between graduating from college and starting to work (which lasted 4.5 months), this is the longest period of true independence I've ever had. So it seemed worthwhile to reflect on that ... more »

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