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Erosophia Podcast #25: Children and Sexuality Part 3

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In this episode of the Erosophia Podcast Jason, Devin, and Joia conclude the discussion of sexuality as it relates to children and adolescents.

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Today’s Topic: Children and Sexuality

Rounding out the discussion of children and sexuality is a great set of listener questions: What do you think of Lena Dunham’s story?  At what age should minors first look at pornography? Is it appropriate to buy your daughter a vibrator? At what age should you start teaching your children about sexuality? When should you start your children on birth control? All of this and more is in this episode!

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Objectivist Blog Carnival

by Jason Stotts

Welcome to the June 21, 2012 edition of Objectivist Round Up!

This is the last time Erosophia will host as the Carnival as we know it is ending.  I want to thank Jenn for her efforts with it over the years and to all of my fellow contributors and hosters who have made it so successful.  For this week’s quote, I want to return to the essence of Objectivism. When asked one time to explain Objectivism “while standing on one foot”, Ayn Rand said that Objectivism is:

1. Metaphysics: Objective Reality
2. Epistemology: Reason
3. Ethics: Self-Interest
4. Politics: Capitalism

Without further ado, enjoy this week’s Carnival!

Darius Cooper presents The French Physiocrats on Natural Order posted at Practice Good Theory, saying, “I present a brief summary of the French Physiocrats”

Rational Jenn presents On Spanking and Limit-Setting and Keeping Kids Out of Traffic Already posted at Rational Jenn, saying, “This is my response to some recent internet discussions about spanking children.”

Diana Hsieh presents NoodleCast #141: Q&A Radio Podcast: Objectivity, Friendships, Child Labor, and More posted at Philosophy in Action, saying, “In Sunday’s Philosophy in Action Radio, Greg and I discussed objectively assessing yourself, friendships with subordinates at work, keeping up with the news, child labor laws, and more.”

Paul Hsieh presents The Nanny State And Universal Health Care posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, “My latest Forbes OpEd was on “The Dangerous Synergy Between The Nanny State And Universal Health Care”.”

Mike Zemack presents The Social Security Injustice posted at Principled Perspectives.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of objectivist round up using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Assorted News Stories

by Jason Stotts

I’m somewhat behind on a number of news stories I’ve been meaning to blog about, so I’m going to do each of them here so that they don’t get missed.

1. Masturbation Helps Procreation.

It turns out that the old adage “if you don’t use it, you lose it” is literally true.

2. Global Warming is a Fraud.

When some of the most honorable members of the American Physical Society are calling fraud, maybe we should listen.  Or does no one remember ClimateGate when it cam to light that the climate data had been intentionally altered? (ClimateGate)

3. E-Books Making Traditional Publishing Less Profitable for Publishers and Authors.

Given that I’m trying to get a book published right now, this is definitely not welcome news.

4. A New Sexuality Survery has been Released.

The new survey is the comprehensive one done in many years and shows changing trends in the sex-lives of Americans.

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Happy National Coming Out Day!

by Jason Stotts

In addition to it being Columbus Day, today is also National Coming Out Day.

For those of you who are going to take the plunge and come out as gay, bi, etc., I wish you luck and much happiness owning your sexuality.

Interesting Information about Atlas Shrugged

by Jason Stotts

I recently stumbled across an article about Atlas Shrugged called “The History of Atlas Shrugged: An Essay on the Genesis of the Book” that has some interesting information in it.

The origins of Atlas Shrugged

Before she had finished The Fountainhead (which was submitted to her publisher on December 31, 1942), she “had a novel in mind. . . . But it was not what you would call a plan for a novel; only the theme. I wanted to write a novel on the mind versus the heart, a novel in which the theme would be the superiority of the mind to emotions. And that’s all. I had no plot, nor even a suggestion of an idea in literary terms; only a theme which I wanted to handle.” In the late summer or early fall of 1943, shortly after the publication of The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand was engaged in a phone conversation with a friend on the subject of the moral philosophy in her novel.

The friend was urging Miss Rand to write a nonfiction work on her philosophy, something she had no interest in doing at that time. When the friend insisted that it was Ayn Rand’s “duty” because her readers “needed it,” she responded: “Oh, they do? What if I went on strike? What if all the creative minds of the world went on strike?” “That,” she told her friend, “would make a good novel.” By the next morning, “the mind on strike” had become the theme of her next novel.

The whole article has really interesting information in it, but I find it particularly interesting how she got the idea of “the mind on strike.”  It’s interesting to me how little ideas can blossom into whole books and how discussions that seem mundane at the time can cause radical changes in your life.

Referenced by The Pew Research Center

by Jason Stotts

I just found out that my piece “There’s no G-Spot??” on the old Erosophia was referenced by The Pew Research Center as representative of the reaction of the blogosphere to the King’s College study that found that there was no g-spot…as self-reported by 1800 women.

British Study

The experiment that led scientists at King’s College to determine that the concept of an erogenous G-spot may be a figment of women’s imagination “encouraged by magazines and sex therapists” consisted of interviews with 1,800 women that were all pairs of twins. The researchers hypothesized that if the G-spot was genetic, there would be more agreement between the pairs of identical twins about whether they had one when compared with non-identical twins.

Some bloggers took a clinical look at the study and disputed the science.

“The study did not actually involve any science, but merely asked respondents to self report whether they thought they had a g-spot.” concluded Jason at Erosophia. “From the self-reports of only 1800 women … the researchers can now say that such a spot must be a myth, or else these women would have known about it. Frankly, it is a shame that this kind of thing passes for science.” (Pew article)

I’m really excited that they picked Erosophia and I’m pretty happy that my pieces are getting out there and being read by all sorts of people.

IPCC Sinks Lower (Climategate Update)

by Jason Stotts

The Telegraph is reporting that the IPCC report is even worse than has come to light in various ways since Climategate began.  In their piece “New Errors in IPCC Climate Change Report” they list the following new errors in the report that have come to light:

The publication of inaccurate data on the potential of wave power to produce electricity around the world, which was wrongly attributed to the website of a commercial wave-energy company.

Claims based on information in press releases and newsletters.

New examples of statements based on student dissertations, two of which were unpublished.

More claims which were based on reports produced by environmental pressure groups.

It goes on to point out that this new problems come on the heels of other Climategate issues:

Last month, the panel was forced to issue a humiliating retraction after it emerged statements about the melting of Himalayan glaciers were inaccurate.

Last weekend, this paper revealed that the panel had based claims about disappearing mountain ice on anecdotal evidence in a student’s dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.

The entire article is worth taking a look at and I applaud the Telegraph for their coverage of Climategate when many US news agencies won’t touch it.

Cyanide and Happiness

by Jason Stotts

In case you need a laugh, check out Explosm.net for their comic “Cyanide and Happiness.”  Their comics are hit and miss, but they have a lot of really funny ones.

1. Bar Mitzvah

2. Haircut

3. Lincoln

4. Furries