“Compose your dress with humor. Slavish adherence to either fashion or company dress codes will earn you little respect. Punctuate your understated dress with some epigrammatic piece of self deprecating humor. You might try an extravagant piece of silk as a scarf, a waistcoat in buff linen or the jumper you have always craved in Hermes orange. So wear one. It’s better to mock yourself than have the world do it for you.”—Michael Alden, “What Young Men Can Do To Improve Their Dress” (via putthison)
“A three-day-old human embryo is a collection of 150 cells called a blastocyst. There are, for the sake of comparison, more than 100,000 cells in the brain of a fly. If our concern is about suffering in this universe, it is rather obvious that we should be more concerned about killing flies than about killing three-day-old human embryos… Many people will argue that the difference between a fly and a three-day-old human embryo is that a three-day-old human embryo is a potential human being. Every cell in your body, given the right manipulations, every cell with a nucleus is now a potential human being. Every time you scratch your nose, you’ve committed a holocaust of potential human beings… Let’s say we grant it that every three-day-old human embryo has a soul worthy of our moral concern. First of all, embryos at this stage can split into identical twins. Is this a case of one soul splitting into two souls? Embryos at this stage can fuse into a chimera. What has happened to the extra human soul in such a case? This is intellectually indefensible, but it’s morally indefensible given that these notions really are prolonging scarcely endurable misery of tens of millions of human beings, and because of the respect we accord religious faith, we can’t have this dialogue in the way that we should. I submit to you that if you think the interests of a three-day-old blastocyst trump the interests of a little girl with spinal cord injuries or a person with full-body burns, your moral intuitions have been obscured by religious metaphysics.”—
— Sam Harris, on stem cell research.
Re-blogged for scientific accuracy and for reason.
“This morning, I found this reposted on a friend’s page. The gist of it is, women should send in a picture of themselves, explain why they want breast implants, then get their friends to vote for them on the internet, in the hopes of winning $10,000 worth of breast augmentation surgery from this radio station.”
“So, what I would like to do is find a transwoman who is in the midst of transitioning and who would be willing to apply for the contest. We’ll do everything in our power, and the unholy power of social media, to support her. If you or anyone you know, knows someone who might be interested, have them read this over and let me know. Share this note to the far corners of the interwebs. Let’s turn this gross insult to women into a victory for diversity.”
This could be the BEST EVER internet bomb to do something good!