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The Vampire Facial: An assault on science or simple race baiting?


Back in 2013, Kim Kardashian tried the newest trend in esthetics, or so it may have seemed. The Vampire Facial. The Spa world responded discreetly and quickly renamed the procedure "microneedling." Count on MTV to showcase this attempt at cultural stereotyping and shoddy science. 19 year old teen bathes in pigs blood to retain her 'youth'… Continue reading The Vampire Facial: An assault on science or simple race baiting?

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Family Values? Judge lets child rapist walk free


Family Values? Judge lets child rapist walk free after sodomizing boy. Claims the rapist didn't mean to hurt anyone. At least he didn’t quibble about the ethics of which kind of sexual assault is more acceptable, lest religion and syncretism conflict with modernism. As if healthcare and law are BOTH as “ignorant” as the “public.”… Continue reading Family Values? Judge lets child rapist walk free

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Absolute Values? Professionalism and manifestations of the individual


This is the first post of a four part series on professional development. The series will utilize the terms Massage Therapist, Masseur and Masseuse as a touchstone. Massage Therapy is a growing field of professional endeavor. As the last fifteen years have demonstrated, the creation of civic, secular infrastructure to consolidate and incorporate the profession,… Continue reading Absolute Values? Professionalism and manifestations of the individual

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Boredom: What is it and how should we respond?


What is Boredom? Why would anyone other than someone who is bored be interested about the topic? Why write about it unless your creating solutions to a problem? Could boredom ever be healthy? Boredom is a feeling first and foremost. It lies at the root of many illnesses, so many in fact, that the modern… Continue reading Boredom: What is it and how should we respond?

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Ambivalence on Valentine’s Day: Par for the course or a solipsistic excuse?


“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love… Continue reading Ambivalence on Valentine’s Day: Par for the course or a solipsistic excuse?

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NCB and FSMTB: The Muddy Water Remains?


I recently saw this article posted about a meeting of the minds between the NCB and the FSMTB. Meanwhile, comments continue to arise from various quarters across the country and abroad about what has been described as a lack of clarity. The following statement from the NCB illustrates the lack of clarity I have heard expressed:… Continue reading NCB and FSMTB: The Muddy Water Remains?

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Would you like a beer to go with your ideological purity?


If Spa is in the business of promoting health, is the philosophy of epicureanism the right way to go about dealing with alcoholic beverages? The opposite extreme is teetotalism and for many in the spa world, this is the vision of health that is preferred. But not all spas are on the same wavelength. Take for… Continue reading Would you like a beer to go with your ideological purity?

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There and Back Again: Science from Aristotle thru the Scientific Revolution in a nutshell


Previously, I have done two posts about logical fallacies and the importance of learning how to think. In this series of posts, all the information comes from a class I am taking called Philosophical Borderlands of Science and Religion, subtitled, 'How to think about weird things.' Now that we've covered the importance of logic in… Continue reading There and Back Again: Science from Aristotle thru the Scientific Revolution in a nutshell

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Logical Fallacies in a Political Season


This logical fallacy is the argument that a position is not consistent or tenable because accepting the position means that the extreme of the position must also be accepted. But moderate positions do not necessarily lead down the slippery slope to the extreme. Following up my piece on The Arch of Knowledge, I wanted to… Continue reading Logical Fallacies in a Political Season