"I am all in favor of the skeptical mind. Do not believe anything unless you have experienced it. Do not believe anything - go on questioning, however long it takes." - Osho

Thursday, 10 November 2011

More about why I'm awful.

I know, I know, I know.

Don't be a senior in high school if you want free time, ever.

I'll do my best to improve. But who knows- got a whole lot on my plate right now. I'm in a Shakespeare production which is taking up 8 hours of my week, plus ballet, homework, coursework. Ouch.

I'll stop making excuses and get better. Maybe.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

It's a Storm in a teacup.

The story of two Canadian parents who decided to keep the gender of their baby a secret was actually making the rounds a few months ago, but I've decided to blog about it because gender issues have been annoying me recently. The debate is still going even now about whether the parents should have chosen this for their child, and it'll be an interesting social experiment to see how it pans out... And yet I can't help feeling that it's a bit, well... wrong (read about it here).

Friday, 5 August 2011

MICROBLOG: I live in UFO town.

My hysterical friends and I encountered a UFO walking home. It was a Chinese lantern; but apparently hundreds of these things are taken as mysterious alien craft every year! Spooky.

Did I mention I live in the UFO capital of the world/UK/Scotland? It depends who you listen to. Locals say the world.

Yes, I live in what appears to be the middle of nowhere. Yay!

Friday, 29 July 2011

Does that star-spangled banner yet wave?

Why yes, yes it does, as I found on July 4 in Florida, USA. I was so happy and in 4th of July mood, until I realised it was slightly weird for me to be celebrating the independence of what was once part of my own nation's territory. It was like "Yay! Ruined empire!" But I quickly forgave you, O Wonderful America, because your candy it is so yummy, and your weather it is so warm. Only thing I never forgave you for was coaxing me into visiting Disney's Magic Kingdom for the (admittedly stunning) firework display, because it took us four hours to get out of the place. I think I now believe in Hell.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Busy week, and holidays.

Yes, I am a lame blogger; I've been incredibly busy. I've been jaunting about pretending to have a life (I don't).

I am also going on holiday at 7am tomorrow, to lovely Florida. I will hopefully see some juicy yummy pseudoscience that I can blog about on the netty-book whilst I am away, however I'm not sure my resort has wifi. Oh well. We shall see!

I have a wee post scheduled for Monday on Teen Skepchick, so give it a look when I'm gone please!

Yeah I'm really tired. See you in two weeks, when I will have stopped pretending not to be socially awkward!

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Microblog: Super sand!

Researchers have come up with a new way to clean dirty water- and the promising venture could be a low-cost way to purify water in developing countries. This awesome technology involves coating sand grains in graphite (yes, the stuff in pencils) and running water through it- apparently draining the water of many pollutants.

P.S. I've been really busy the last week, hence lack of blog posts. However, look what I have! It's my interview with Sue Blackmore! Admittedly, only the first half. I recommend it, though, it's fascinating. And took me four hours to transcribe half of it. Yay!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Why do we condemn assisted dying?

Assisted suicide, or "assisted dying", as it is sometimes called, is a topic which is regarded in our culture to be taboo- and at the very least, controversial.

To give a brief overview, assisted suicide is when someone, almost always with a terminal or progressive disease, is given help to die peacefully. This is usually done by drinking a very strong drug, which first puts you to sleep, and then kills you by cutting off oxygen supply, and then stopping your heart.