Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

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Thrown Holy Water

This week Lilith Starr of the Seattle Chapter of the Satanic Temple about fun times at Bremerton High.   Also, Dan joins us with a discussion of whales… FOR SCIENCE.



Notes… for Science!


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6. Spoor, F.; Bajpai, S.; Hussain, S. T.; Kumar, K.; Thewissen, J. G. M. (8 May 2002). “Vestibular evidence for the evolution of aquatic behaviour in early cetaceans”. Nature 417 (6885): 163–166.

7. Gingerich, Philip D; Munir ul Haq; Lyad S. Zalmout; Intizar Hyssain Khan; M. sadiq Malkani (21 September 2001). “Origin of Whales from Early Artiodactyls: Hands and Feet of Eocene Protocetidae from Pakistan”. Science 293: 2239.





About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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Jim Ulness

There should be more than enough material in a bible to build a basic shelter. The exact amount depends on the edition, but if you assume that it’s a full sized bible, with both Old and New Testaments there is going to be several thousand square feet of paper to use. Assuming that the book is 5″ by 8″ and is 1,000 pages long, you have 3,333 square feet of paper to work with. The paper though is very thin, so you’re going to have to layer it. Four layers of paper brings you to 833 square feet. With that… Read more »

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