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Editors Request a Moment of Your Time
ISSUE 3 CREDITS
Responses to the February Issue
And about that nipple . . .
Just thought I'd throw out my thoughts on your call for comments regarding the semi-infamous nipple picture:
Part of the bonuses of being a Bright / sceptic / rational thinker is that we're not constrained by society's (which, for the most part, boils down to religion's) ideas about what's allowable and what's not. We have much more fun, as we're not constrained by the concept of "sin", only by our own morals. "Too far" or "not far enough"? I think that depends entirely on what the person in question (you?) is comfortable with. If you're having fun, then by all means continue. Don't let someone else's irrational hang-ups stop you. :)
I love the nipple.
Firstly, I'll admit that I'm somewhat biased on this topic: I'm a sucker for a good sin, especially a mostly harmless one. That confession dispensed with:
I think that a sense of fun and mild debauchery is beneficial to an intellectual cause. Too many people see science as boring, and scientists and skeptics as dusty old men in tweed suits debating safe dull topics 24/7 and occasionally stepping out of the library to risk getting rained on when they feel the need for an adrenaline rush. This tends to cause people to shy away from the subject.
One could argue that a sense of 'dignity and proper decorum' is required, but I think they're wrong. For one, in most cases to pretend that people don't blow off steam occasionally would be blatantly false and misleading. More importantly, it gets dull after a while. I don't know about you, but as much as I appreciate the less energetic studies as well, my favorite sciences are the ones that occasionally explode, fry things, or make you see funky colors.
It wouldn't do much good for our collective cause to give the impression that TAM was a bunch of people going to Vegas to gaze about themselves, unimpressed by the spectacle, and lock themselves in a conference room to discourse on how easily deluded the other tourists are.
To summarize: if anyone gives you a hard time about your fun, or your report on the event, tell them they need to lighten up. My only 'complaint' is that I wasn't able to be there. =P
Keep it up,
So the results are in. People like nipples! Who knew?
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