April 2015 Blog Posts (37)

Sartre Was Right, But Hell Sometimes Has an Endearing Quality

So, awhile back I’m sitting at a booth for the place I work at a largish regional conference. I’m the last guy on the planet that you want to be selling anything (trust me!), but the others are busy with an event of their own. Anyway, I’m sitting at the booth answering questions, handing out stuff, and just generally putting a face behind the table……


Added by Dan Wall on April 30, 2015 at 2:44pm — 1 Comment

A Personal Article on Dealing with Major Depression


4 Steps to Navigating the Rough Waters of Depression


After suffering a lifetime of Major Depression, I have found 4 strategies that minimize the damages and maximize…


Added by Edward Teach on April 27, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

The Padded Cell Of Apologetics

Friend of mine (M. Penn) brought up his increasing frustration with how easily the religious swallow ridiculous doctrine and unhesitatingly apply it to everyday life. He cannot stand how easy it is to live with a mind so warped that even the word "the" might mean that the End of Days will happen by noon time after a lunch at Subway. He isn't the only one just flabbergasted at…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 27, 2015 at 1:10am — 7 Comments

Fascinating article about animal behavioural origins of morality,

One way a theist can guarantee to have me grinding my teeth is by telling me that atheists, by definition, can have no 'moral compass'. This statement, apart from being mind-numbingly offensive, it just so obviously wrong I don't know where to start.

 This article looks at how (especially social) animals enforce a series of rules during play, to avoid injury while practicing necessary life-skills, and then how breaking those rules leads to social consequences. Although it concentrates…


Added by Anwyn Davies on April 26, 2015 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Meditations #5 - Evolution, The Counterintuitive Reality

To be honest I'm having a moment where I feel a little down. I feel a little down and I feel a little tired. Tired of the same old misconceptions, misunderstandings and misconstruing of views that occurs over and over again.

I'm aware of the fact that as long as I choose to interfere with the never ending debates between religion and science I am going to get exhausted once in a while, and tonight this is that once and it's been a while.

I cannot help but think about…


Added by Mark Arellius on April 26, 2015 at 5:00pm — 16 Comments

My answer to a friend who felt offended by a comment I made

Hi, XXXXXXX, I am glad, you did not seek to support your claim   (mutual friends contacted him and not me.)  That is a perfect way to maintain helplessness)   Those who contacted you and not me divulge a character that many people have, however, unless and until they confront me, they reveal a victim mentality. You are entirely correct; I did bully you. I have heard that before as well as being arrogant. I confess to both. 

Frankly I don't remember what I wrote to you. If I offended…


Added by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Meditations #4 - On Intellectuals

Most renowned apologists are highly intellectual and educated; they have a firm grip on their beliefs and have an understanding of their philosophy, whatever they believe to be true.


Does that mean that people with a little to no chance of a proper education have a lesser strength of faith and understanding of the same set of beliefs? People who have been poorly educated have (most likely) a poorer understanding than the intellectual apologists.

Just like any apologist…


Added by Mark Arellius on April 24, 2015 at 4:35am — 8 Comments

Hello, World. I'm Openly Secular.

Hi, from Covington, Kentucky! The neighbor of Cincinnati, Ohio.

My name is Amanda Ashcraft. I work for the postal service, write numerous articles about ex religious life and childhood abuse, parent four beautiful children, and live openly secular as a humanism practicing atheist.

I grew up in a charismatic home in southwest Ohio, my earliest memories…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 23, 2015 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Humanist ethical concepts applied (and mis-applied) to public policy

I recently wrote Whose Pleasure? Whose Pain? Applying the Hedonic Calculus to Public Policy for the latest issue of The Humanist, where I discuss whether it makes sense to apply the Epicurean ethical method of hedonic calculus at the collective level. After some considerations, in the piece I argue



Added by Hiram on April 23, 2015 at 12:02pm — 1 Comment

Self-Management & Recovery Training: A SMART Humanistic Approach to Addiction Recovery

The May-June issue of The Humanist includes a few pieces on a secular alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous, which has recently been exposed as an inefficient system of recovery that's only supported with public funds because it's filled with religious propaganda.

In the editor's note for the issue, Jennifer Bardi…


Added by Hiram on April 23, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments

Jesus appears to Tim Tebow, Says Philly Wasn't His Idea


Added by Richard Cahill on April 23, 2015 at 9:34am — 4 Comments

Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high

I have often said that Judaism is a religion for the obsessive-compulsive, with rule after rule, hundreds of them, interpreted and extrapolated to the finest nuance by generations of rabbis.  It could easily keep you busy most or all of your waking hours.

Nowhere is Jewish OCD on more florid display than in the 24 hours called Shabbat, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. (NOTE: The following is about truly observant Jews; practitioners of Judaism Lite, like my family,…


Added by Alan Perlman on April 22, 2015 at 3:55pm — 32 Comments

No Tattoo For You!

For the last few months, I’ve been scrimping away money to restart my tattoo collecting. I currently have three altogether, all from different shops in my area, and out of the three who did the work, I decided to return to one in particular. I liked the artists that worked there, and trusted their professionalism so much so that I’ve unfailingly recommended this tattoo parlor…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 20, 2015 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Compartmentalization & Religiosity

Sreenivasan (Sreeni): Prof. K, I am reading all your articles which you have been e-mailing me on Religion, Gods & Humanism. As you already know, I am an atheist and so your articles only reinforce my earlier stance but when I try to read it to my wife, she is rather critical about it. She has been brought up in an orthodox Iyengar family and she worships Lord Krishna as her father and mother did in their lifetime.

Me: There are 2 types of…


Added by V.N.K.Kumar on April 20, 2015 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

Meditations #3 - Ad Populum

If many believe so, it is so.

Well, I don't think so. 

It's an argument that I hear allot and quite frankly I'm getting tired of hearing it. By writing and sharing this I hope to provide others with some intellectual tools for when you hear; ''But why does an X number of people believe what I do, too?'' or make it an assertion ''Millions of people believe it, so it must be true.'' 

Large Numbers



Added by Mark Arellius on April 19, 2015 at 4:45pm — 10 Comments

Monotonous monogamy

In our planet’s animal kingdom there are quite a few creatures that mate for life.  Swans, many types of geese, including the beautiful Canada Geese, some sea mammals, and many more.  If one member of a mating pair dies, the other member never mates again.  Isn’t that something?  And they don’t even have, “The Book.”  My contention is simple.  “If humans were also meant to mate for life, we would!” 

My son Sean is an atheist.  Instead of a wedding ceremony, he and the mother of his…


Added by Lemual Poot on April 19, 2015 at 12:39am — 14 Comments

Way After the Fact

But for a slip of the pen, Christians might have an entirely different outlook on “original sin.” In fact, what is also known as “ancestral sin” might never gained a foothold in the Catholic Church if not for a simple mistranslation of a two-letter Greek preposition by St. Augustine, which has led Christian theology seriously astray for 1600 years.



Added by Donald R Barbera on April 18, 2015 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

WHO will eat babies?!

Deuteronomy 28:49-53

49 The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a…


Added by Ryan Shields on April 17, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

"The Hitch" - A Christopher Hitchens documentary by Kristoffer Hellesmark

Since the death of Christopher Hitchens in December of 2011, I have anticipated some kind of cinematic retrospective regarding the life of a man who was one of the great intellectual lights of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Certainly there have been tributes and brief snapshots highlighting his spoken word, writings and debates on YouTube and elsewhere, but nothing which attempts to comprehensively represent at least in brief the fulsome cornucopia Hitchens brought to humankind.…


Added by Loren Miller on April 17, 2015 at 8:51am — 7 Comments

The Safety Dance For When Christians Don't Want To Dance

It seems with Easter, and the improvement of weather from freezing to tolerable, that there is an uptick in religious pursuits. As if after getting through the last rather heavy Christmas and Easter seasons, the rekindling of faith hits a critical mass and a bunch of stupid just starts flowing out of religious mouths with increased zeal. I tried to see if any research has…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 14, 2015 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

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