June 2016 Blog Posts (24)

Jesus is actually the very LAST thing you need.

I live in what might euphemistically be called an "economically disadvantaged" neighborhood. It has several good points, such as a fantastically short commute to work; being near 3 hospitals and a bus route, and mostly nice neighbors. We've lived there for 10 years now. In that time, we've had one rock thrown through our car windshield, another through our living room window; we've been burglarized once and…

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Added by Volly on June 6, 2016 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Letter to a religious relative

I do understand your perspective, and I have had this discussion with others of various faiths before. And I have made some observations. Perhaps you can tell me whether you think the conclusions I have come to are valid.



First, it seems that while it is not always the case, it is nevertheless often true that small, local communities are echo chambers of like-minded belief.



I think people tend to believe whatever they were raised with. If…

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Added by Wyatt on June 6, 2016 at 10:23am — No Comments

Comedy as an Ideological Weapon

Some updates on my literary musings as of late!

I wrote Swinish Herds and Pastafarians: Comedy as an Ideological Weapon for a classics publication titled eidolon. I also wrote A Materialist Conception of Identity based on habituation, and a couple of messages in…

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Added by Hiram on June 5, 2016 at 3:28pm — 4 Comments

Meditation on Belief, Knowledge, and Facts

Anything can be a belief. A person can believe that the sun orbits the earth or that trolls live under bridges. One can believe that a bearded man in a red suit flies from the North Pole and in one night out of the year gifts all the good children of the world with presents. Alchemists once were convinced of the possibility of turning lead into gold. The vast set of the believable also includes the idea that there was once a reserve of oil which was only supposed to last a day, yet it lasted…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 1, 2016 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

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