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Go to: University of Vermont makes an embarrassing decision

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Email sent:

Dear President Fogel,

As a US medical student I am keenly aware of the insight the evolutionary process has provided researchers for improving medical care around the globe. The vaccines and medications which save millions of lives would not be possible without a working understanding of this powerful concept. For this reason I am awestruck that Ben Stein has been chosen as the 2009 commencement speaker. Ben Stein is a man who has proven himself a combatant of science and reason, shamelessly exploiting the horrors of the Holocaust in his attacks. I have visited Dachau and fallen to my knees in tears, but to use the latent emotions associated with this historical atrocity to undermine science is the worst travesty of all. I am offended both as a university student and as a Jew.

I have further investment in your university because the new dean of my medical school, John Fogarty, spent 11 years with the University of Vermont College of Medicine. If you tarnish the reputation of your illustrious institution, then everyone associated with UVM will suffer. I understand finding speakers can sometimes be difficult and you have a personal history with Mr. Stein, but I beg you to reconsider this choice. A man who has no understanding of the scientific process or respect for academia has no business addressing an institute of higher learning. Please consider this thoughtfully as I’m sure you are receiving numerous emails and letters on the subject.


David Harris
Medical Student (MSII)
Florida State College of Medicine

Sat, 31 Jan 2009 12:38:00 UTC | #315637

Go to: 'Spookfish' has mirrors for eyes

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There's no WAY an organism could "naturally" evolve two parts of an eye, one facing up and the other down! This is a clear case of IC ... duh ...

PS Go Gators!

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 06:09:00 UTC | #300941

Go to: H. M., an Unforgettable Amnesiac, Dies at 82

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Wow, I had no idea he was still alive! I learned about him last year in my neurology class, and I suppose I also thought he was a relic of medicine's past. In honor of the contributions of HM to the world of science, here is a haiku in his honor:

Remember H.M.
His gift to science unique

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 12:21:00 UTC | #285719

Go to: 'Prop 8 - The Musical'

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Fantastic! Great video, but now I've spent 2 hours surfing funny or die instead of studying for my exams ... worth it ...

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 13:17:00 UTC | #282340

Go to: The Religious Support Behind Proposition 8

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I'm just saying that atheism is difficult enough to sell on its own. Packaging it with the necessary acceptance of homosexuality makes it even less palatable to religious people.

Are we really trying to sell atheism? I would imagine most of the people on this site regard themselves as rational skeptics before atheists. It's hard to describe oneself via the beliefs they lack. It's true I came to my skepticism through atheism, but the truth is religious dogmatism isn't the problem in the world - it's the lack of rational and skeptical inquiry into all human ventures. I think for the general population, promoting science and a general skeptical filter is more palatable than beginning with atheism. We should let atheism blossom out of an improved world-view. But I might be off-base ... any comments?

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 01:01:00 UTC | #275148

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