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Rich Goss commented on Daniel Wachenheim's group Race, Ethnicity, & Culture
"I haven't taught biology in many years and my memory is rusty, but I remember teaching the class a law of speciation.  As long as species have room to move into new territories, speciation and biodiversity will increase.  A good…"
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tom sarbeck commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"In my post-graduate study (fifty years after my BA) of English literature, I found mention of religion's grip failing in the early 1800s. Victorian literature, telling life-long stories in which good was rewarded and evil punished, restored…"
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Bertold Brautigan commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"The most meaningful use of the word karma I've seen is in the old graffito: "
Apr 28
Alan Perlman commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"I was citing the definition used by New Agers in the suburbs (mostly white Jewish women).  So it does work, but only for good?  So much of literature turns on the bad guy getting what he deserves.  People want to believe in the…"
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Michael Penn commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"There is no future lifetime for karma. Karma is simply "working and doing." The biggest believers in a "get even" type of karma are Christians. They think that for there to be any divine justice Hitler has to be burning in hell,…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"I know, at some point it makes no sense, but then we're arguing that the Holocaust was unique (sorry, broke Godwin's Law) and that German guilt is eternal (just the kind of racial guilt they accused the Jews of). PS. Forgot to add that…"
Apr 27
Rich Goss commented on Rich Goss's blog post Part II
"Loren, I stand corrected.  I meant to say 99% of every cell in the body is water.  Bertold, who could argue that humans are the dominant life on the planet.  Metazoan life, i.e.  As far as byproduct goes, IMO that's…"
Apr 27
Bertold Brautigan commented on Rich Goss's blog post Part II
"Culmination? For our little backwater planet here maybe. But in the overall scheme of things we might be more of a questionable by-product."
Apr 27
Loren Miller commented on Rich Goss's blog post Part II
"As it comes to water content, Rich, it's closer to 60%, per the USGS Water Science School.  Google also concurs.  Please get your facts right"
Apr 27
Rich Goss commented on Jennifer Hancock's blog post Atheism isn't enough - and it isn't very satisfying
"Jennifer, I wrote down some thoughts on you intriguing and thought-provoking post. It's just some opinions as we all see the world in different ways, I couldn't post the entire reply so I broke it up; and placed it on my blog.  Hope…"
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Michael Enquist commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"Holy cow! Germans born today should suffer for what their long-dead ancestors did? Brazilians are suffering from Gaia's revenge? What happens after the death of the last Jewish person who was in a German gulag? Can the innocent German kids…"
Apr 27
Alan Perlman commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"I've pondered "karma" for many years, and I've seen SOBs punished for the fraud and ill will they've created (Bernie Madoff).  Make enough enemies, and one of them will find a way to get you.  Yet many of them get…"
Apr 27
Gwaithmir commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"Karma? Bunk! I knew a guy at work who, for two decades, was the nastiest jerk I ever met. Everybody disliked him. He was a verbal bully who took great delight in getting others angry and did it often. He also found great amusement in the misfortune…"
Apr 22
Bertold Brautigan commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"Rich, I think it's possible that humans may need that connection for our continued survival as you say, but evolution can continue on its merry way without us. BTW, I've always thought that the real "holy trinity" is William…"
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Part II

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 5:16pm 3 Comments

I recently watched a TV documentary about John Muir. The line that struck me was being out on the lake in the early evening inspires the soul. We feel part of it all, part of nature. I think that's the terrible damage religion has done to humanity. The church teaches we were created by God, and “in God's own image.” (What horseshit! When they told me that, I pictured God sitting on a toilet bowl.) They told us we're not part of nature, and in doing so did…


Reply to Jennifer Hancock: Atheism Can Be Satisfying Part I

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 5:08pm 0 Comments

The meaning of life? Stand out by the beach or a pristine forest in the deep of night and observe the vastness of it all. As Carl Sagan says, billions and billions of stars. And then you learn almost all of it is hydrogen and helium and the most common phase of matter is a liquid plasma—scary and hellish stuff.…


The Evil We Do Lives After Us

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 12:36pm 14 Comments

I just watched Roman Polanski's “The Pianist”. Now, being Polish, my mother ran a Polish restaurant on Kent Avenue across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the war, I was aghast at the brutality and cruelty perpetrated on my mother and father's family in Krakow and Warsaw, respectively. A fuckin' horror, just about the lowest levels of human depravity and sadism ever experienced.

To me, the immortal Shakespeare was the greatest writer in human history. The movie reminded…


Lord of the Flies and a Brief Biog

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 4:43pm 0 Comments

What an irony that my first published work has just been republished and will probably be my last. Back in January 1970 Timothy Leary spoke at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights and my poem Simon was published in the Village Voice. As some sort of committee member, my girlfriend Pat waited for an elevator next to him and whipped out the paper. Pointing at the page, “Hey, my boyfriend just had his poem published in the Voice, care to listen?” and…


A Typical Pot Head Rant

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

I just caught this comment over my Pot Stories and Humanist Essays. 

"Typical pot head ranting as the druggies do."


There's no way this guy could have possibly read the book. It's more about Shakespeare and opera than about any sordid drug deals or squalid crack houses. I find it a tragedy that Americans are divorced from the arts and culturally deprived. The legacy of past generations is so wonderful. The latter stage of my life is devoted to the humanities.…


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At 9:46pm on August 8, 2015, suzanne Buzz said…
Hi I'm sorry I have not been on atheist nexus much how are you have you written more books
At 5:24pm on March 22, 2015, Donald R Barbera said…

Richard--as usual I've been remiss, but I do plan on making it past to listen. I appreciate the opportunity and asking me to do so. Keep up the solid work.

At 9:26pm on November 29, 2012, Daniel Wachenheim said…

Richard, thanks for your great comments on my profile!

At 5:49pm on October 1, 2012, Clarence Dember said…
Hi Richard.
I agree these bellicose religious bomb devotees need to take stock of reality.
At 11:26pm on August 24, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

I still don't see an Endmeme group. Did you change your mind?

At 11:52am on August 2, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Hi, Richard. It took along time to find the roach story in my backup drive. It was intended to be a video, created with Poser. The learning curve was steep, and trying to create the room and objects with yet another program eventually defeated me. In order to send you the rough draft I'll  need your email. If you want you can send it to me at or friend me to use a private message. I appreciate your curiosity.

At 7:30pm on June 26, 2012, Steph S. said…

Hi Richard I really enjoyed reading your blog. Wonderful!

At 6:21pm on June 26, 2012, suzanne Buzz said…

Congratulations on your awesome book:) I'm sorry I haven't been online much at all.

At 5:10pm on May 4, 2012, John Jubinsky said…

Hi Rich!

Glad to be your friend.

At 10:52pm on December 24, 2011, suzanne Buzz said…

I can't wait to buy your book let me know when you have it on kindle :). I'm sorry i didn't get the message until now.



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