I'm going to start blogging whatever useless nonsense I happen to be thinking about or doing whenever I feel like it.
For instance right now, I would like to announce the following:
After Dark Horror Fest... Some of their "Films to Die For" are really, well... Not. One of three so far has been decent.
I think the worst part is they claim that they're films "so disturbing they don't make it to the box-office," or something of that nature anyway. Okay, if by "disturbing" they… Continue
No big deal really, my brother has his new girlfriend over to my parents house for lunch. Nothing that anyone even really gets excited about. But immediately I'm upset again because for the hundredth time I'm watching one of my siblings enjoy normal, inclusive treatment from our parents that I'm not given. For me, it's enough to cry over. It's enough to make me blow off lunch and go hungry instead. Part of me asks, should I be upset? Am I overreacting? But wouldn't anyone feel the same… Continue
Just in case the absolute futility and nihilism of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict wasn't apparent enough, some Israeli soldiers have decided to emphasize the point by deliberately shooting - with small arms and with rockets - animals in the Gaza Zoo. I suppose the soldiers weren't content with conventional ethnic cleansing, and decided that their supremacy needed demonstration against other species, too. Perhaps the soldiers… Continue
The other day an acquaintance asked for my opinion on an article about mercury contamination in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Here’s my response—corrections welcome:My first smart-ass response is “good thing I only drink cane sugar or diet sodas.” ;) My initial, unreasoned, reactionary response to the article itself is… Continue
I was elated to hear President Obama recognize "non-believers." Now we need to move forward to ensure we are never left out of the mainstream political conversation. It is a great time to be a freethinker. Looking at the various meetups for freethinkers, atheists, Brights, etc., many of them have been started in just the last 18 months or so. Seems we are getting together and comparing notes in a much more public fashion. I see and hear many people "coming out" as never before. It was quite… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on January 30, 2009 at 10:44am —
I got a Wacom Bamboo tablet for xmas, and have been practicing with it on a site I used to mess around on some a while back. (I post as Rook on that site because it is my favorite chess piece.)
Anyway, this is a work in progress the subject of which some people here should be familiar with.
Am I? The reason I ask myself this question and now put it to all of you is what started the last summer and continued until a couple of weeks ago.
During the summer I was working with a couple of guys at my college. Both of them really nice, a Japanese guy and an American of Lao descent. The Japanese guy, let's call him Taro, one Friday invited me to a party "for international students". I said sure, let's go. I hadn't gone to any… Continue
How great is it that every time anyone decides it is not appropriate for the religious right to force their beliefs upon the public at large, specifically other peoples children, they accuse the complainers of doing the exact thing they are being asked to stop?
It's a confusing and brilliant way to argue if you ask me. It's as if you walked into a room and found a man punching a baby and the guy made eye contact, pointed at you and screamed "CHILD ABUSER!"… Continue
the US government is spending $650 million on the analog/digital converter box program.
Seriously, I don't get it. I know a good Democratic government can only run with an informed citizenry; however, I don't see how or why it is the government's responsibility to pay for people to be able to watch TV. TV is a luxury, not a right and certainly not a necessity. Of all the spending that is proposed in the latest economic stimulus package this one makes the least amount of sense to… Continue
Well it's time to move on to more interesting and rewarding activities, but my time here has been well spent. I've learned many things, among them, that many atheists are just as ignorant and uninterested in the reality and history of their world-view as are their theist counterparts, they just happened to fall off on the correct side of the fence. I've also learned that I more enjoy talking to people who disagree with me and will put up a fight, than to those who agree with me most of the… Continue
Pharyngula posted a very good criticism of yet another newcomer to the ranks of the proudly ignorant in an article on OpenSalon's new beta. Hopefully the profound lack of knowledge displayed in the original anti-evolution post is not representative of the clientele in which OpenSalon intends to specialize. The original author of the OpenSalon post appears to be both complimented and annoyed to be… Continue
Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and… Continue
Added by sara garcia on January 29, 2009 at 1:03pm —
You know it: I know it, but why don't they know it? It's pretty obvious that atheists don't believe in God, but for some reason, a fair number of people seem to think atheists believe in God but just choose not to worship God. While some people who may believe in God may choose not to worship it doesn't make them atheists.
I've found that my belief in the concept of "luck" went away with my theism. Have any of you experienced anything similar?
Merriam Webster's first definition of luck is: "a force that brings good fortune or adversity"
And fortune: "a hypothetical force or personified power that unpredictably determines events and issues favorably or unfavorably"
What IS this force? I think I thought it had to do with god. (Or maybe Star Wars?? tee hee… Continue
I found this today as I was looking for some paperwork. It is a position paper from a History class I wrote sometime last year. Just some food for thought.
What good is History? (A question proposed by Dr. McGee)
This is a simple question, with a complex answer. History means something different to all. History can be something spiritual, rhetorical, and sometimes literal. It is difficult to know who we are until we know who we have been. We all need a sense of beginning.… Continue
Sometimes theists leave comments on my primary blog, planetologist.net. Recently a comment in response to my screed against Rick Warren prompted a reader - actually not a raving lunatic, rather a pretty calm but (sadly) theist writer - to leave a comment that invoked the M word... materialism. There were also a fair number of "quote me and then argue against my quote" comments, which I find almost as… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 29, 2009 at 10:34am —
"Atheism was once defined as a belief that there is no God. Any such assertion, apart from faith, would require one to be
omniscient, knowing all things. Atheists have recognized
this definition as an intellectually untenable position and
some have therefore recanted from this view.
An explicit assertion that “There is no God” is now reserved
for ‘strong atheism’.
Atheism has since been redefined as a lack of belief in any