I went to jury duty today for the very first time in my entire life. I guess I have Obama to blame because if hadn't registered to vote(again for the very first time in my life) I wouldn't have gotten a jury summons and wasted an entire day. It went like this: my group of jurors were called last and my name was the third last to be called which mean I had to watch nearly 600 people(so said the bailiff) go before saying to myself all the while they'll call me next they'll call me next they'll… Continue
Added by Jeffrey on November 17, 2008 at 7:55pm —
Saturday night my dad and stepmother came up for a surprise visit. We went out to dinner. Towards the end of our meal I went to the bathroom, when I came back from the bathroom my husband had started a discussion on politics. Grrrr... I hadn't even been back for a minute before my Stepmother was spouting off some conspiracy theory about Obama being put through law school by the Iranians in order to infiltrate our government. She said that she thinks he's in league with the enemy and cried when… Continue
When trying to explain how religion came about, we must undoubtedly answer the question of it came together, since although human beings are social animals, the act of creating a stable institution is an extreme rarity. Consider how many cults come and go; obviously, even if there is a fundamental need to be religious, there must be some explanation as to why humans would continue to participate and develop their… Continue
At 2:30 AM on Friday, I sat watching the TV, unable to turn it off and go to bed. Embers had been blown from a rapidly moving brush fire into a mobile home community in Sylmar, Ca., and now I was watching horrified as random homes in the densely populated park began to go up. As I watched, scared and frantic residents scrambled to get what few belongings they could and got out. The police and fire department, trying to prevent destruction were then quite literally chased out of the park by the… Continue
My four year old daughter loves dinosaurs. I made the mistake of purchasing nearly the entire set of Land Before Time videos from a local thrift store and she has nearly worn them to ribbons. To compound that mistake, I bought each of the varied plastic dinosaurs offered up at the grocery store. It was a good thing they had their names stamped on their bellies because several I didn't know the names of and several others I had totally wrong. For months now, she has insisted they all come to bed… Continue
Well, this will actually be the second time I write this post. It didn't go through before, and I didn't notice and closed the window. Yay!
This post is going to be kind of rambly (rambly?), so if you have an issue with that, stop reading now.
I'm getting a new car. For free mind you. It's a 280Z I think. I can't remember. It's been sitting in a parking lot for over a year. The owner used to run the largest Z shop in the country apparently. He actually had a choice… Continue
I don't know why I allow this stuff to bother me but whatever, I do. At the same time that I wish I could shrug it off I feel like it would be morally wrong to be unbothered by stupidity.
Sitting around with my mom and she's flipping channels, falls on a few minutes of a show on an educational channel about the brains of psychopaths. They logically know what is right and wrong but are unable to feel what we would call a conscience because they lack communication between two parts of the… Continue
I have always stated that There are, in my view, no evidence that can solidly give the slights probability of the existence of a God. So the topic of this blog is in no way an endorsement of God.
I titled this blog God's judgment because all christian leaders, from what ever christian cult they are from, always often make the claim that they were chosen by God. However, it seems to me that God always chose individuals who mostly turning… Continue
Ggnothi seauton: It means know thyself, and it’s something I’ve always taken to heart.
I’m not always the most positive and easy going guy around. I’ve been known to kick some dust in the faces of my opposition. When you’re in a fight, particularly one for the hearts and minds of your fellow human beings, you can sometimes lose sight of how the conflict changes you.
Here's an essay that I submitted to Broowaha Los Angeles. Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~
What happens when believers and nonbelievers start to debate religion?
The first thing that is placed on the table is a covert acceptance of the religious person’s beliefs. How so? This happens the moment that a nonbeliever acknowledges and uses the words that the believer is using.
Acknowledgement, recognition, and understanding implicitly support an argument, no matter what it… Continue
I don't have the literary skills that most others on this site have, nor the time to do research.
But I only wanted to write a blurb tonight on the small bits of text we/I speak on occasion without really thinking about them. Even in my Godlessness, I find myself still saying "Oh my god" and "bless you" (when people sneeze) at times.
"How on God's green earth" do I stop myself from doing this?
"God damn't!" There I go again, references to… Continue
So we made it to Killeen and since I have time, I'm gonna blog our trip . So we left Washington (much later than we meant) and drove to The Dalles, Oregon. We got to go through Portland for about a second and I saw what I think was the middle part of Mount St. Helens. I'm not sure...I saw clouds, snowy mountain, then more clouds. Since we were closest to St. Helens then I'm guessing it was that one. The next day was a total blur of BORING! The western sides of Washington and Oregon are… Continue
Just follow the instructions to play along. We have a studio time but we don't know when the air date will be yet. In the meantime have fun and be responsible. And go to the Discovery Institute and claim to be a skeptic and atheist and see what sort of reception you have. Just saying is all.
To see the large, printable version, go here:… Continue
Added by Kate Holden on November 15, 2008 at 5:40pm —
So, gentle readers, this coming weekend I'm flying up to Seattle to see my fabulous friend Tiana. There shall be drinks. There shall be fun. There shall be ... doing an interview for a Skepticality podcast about our time at the Discovery Institute, what? Yes! Stay tuned for more information, but realize in the meantime that it shall be awesome. I only wish I was flying into Seattle on Friday so we could visit Casey Luskin and pals one last time so Tiana and I could test the theory that all… Continue
I came across this website, “Charter for Compassion”, which is the latest attempt by religious moderates to extend an olive branch to other religions in the hope of curbing fundamentalism. The site asks for people to discuss stories of compassion that they have experienced in their lives. I believe it is their hope to communicate through these stories the idea that all people share the need for acts of… Continue
Say there’s a young child, 4 or 5, who believes in Santa Claus. Her parents cultivate the belief, provide the props and stories, and the kid’s friends support the myth. Then the parents drop the bomb – there’s no Santa! The magical reindeer, Rudolph, the elves, all of it, it’s all a made-up story! The kid might be crushed, but their honest revelation is a vital step toward the child’s separation from her parents and their authority. It’s a step that moves her toward the dismissal of childhood… Continue