OK, I'll admit it; I was down about the apathy and indifference that greeted my Pot Stories. It was my magnum opus after a life of inescapable unconventionality. Viet Nam, NYU, the ‘60s, New York City and a smorgasbord of pot and hash, pretty much blocked the straight and narrow path. Studying social psych with Phil Zimbardo made it improbable I would allow myself to be drafted in 1966 when I graduated, just before the Tet Offensive. In my opinion, every new Army recruit… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on December 24, 2013 at 6:56pm —
When I wrote Mirror Reversal in 2007, Global Warming was still uncertain and actively debated. Now massive destruction and human depopulation is as certain as the sinking of the Titanic once the fifth lower compartment was breached by the razor-sharp spikes of the iceberg. As the head engineer said, “It’s a mathematical certainly.”
My son, Rickie, a long-distance trailer driver recently told me that when he spends a night at a gigantic truck stop in the Texas, there’re… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on July 31, 2012 at 10:30am —
Religion Is Abomination
Preface: I’m not gay, but if I were I’d be pissed at some bronze-age fisherman or goat-herder declaring my genetic sexual proclivities to be “Abomination”—to be loathed or deplored. I have news for you, I’d say, the whole screwy religion has caused more misery and suffering than same-sex lovemaking ever could. At least nobody gets hurt when safely and consensually performed. It’s time we turn the tables… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on May 4, 2012 at 12:00pm —
A good example of how religion distorts and perverts
the worldview is the treatment of racism.
The Bible doesn’t say much about racism but, just as with slavery, the belief or doctrine that certain races are inferior to others is rampant and pervasive throughout history. Just look at racism in America before MLK and the civil rights movement. As wrong, unfair, and illogical as it is, the Holy Scriptures have done little to encourage and exhort followers to… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on October 15, 2011 at 3:14pm —
I just watched the interview with General Peter Chiarelli with Candy Crowley on CNN. I hit the ceiling to hear such balderdash. How the heck can the general say it with a straight face on national TV? To the problem of one in ten GIs coming home with missing limbs, or one in four with serious mental post-traumatic stress disorders and an “epidemic suicide rate,” the general conjectured “we need to study the brain!” What do you expect from ten years of atrocity, General? From a full decade of… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on May 29, 2011 at 5:46pm —
I'm feeling a lot better and back at my sacrilegious iconoclasm—my blog.
Since joining A/N and learning more about history and science, the more militant I become. The U.S. is heading toward theocracy as voters become more and more disenchanted with the democrats and the president. Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee are licking their crops.
So let's start fighting back by following the example of Richard Dawkins et.al and put unflattering anti-religious slogans on… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on June 24, 2010 at 4:19pm —
I wrote Arrest the Pope
six months ago. Now Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others are calling for his arrest in the Huffington Post.
My reasons go further back but are we're talking the same language. Dawkins wants to put Benedict XVI in jail for facilitating child molestation. I say the… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on April 12, 2010 at 12:17pm —
Last September 14, I posted “Impeach the Pope.” Last year he said he was “deeply ashamed” for the misconduct of American priests for sexual
intrigues with children and other disgraceful behavior.
Now it's hit home. In the diocese (or is it… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on March 19, 2010 at 10:26am —
We know fertilization takes place in the Fallopian tube. The zygote, when cleaved becomes a morula, which migrates along the tube to the uterus for implantation. But the majority of fertilized ova don't make it to implantation. According to religious orthodoxy human life has been conceived and a soul is present.
According to… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on March 4, 2010 at 3:57pm —
How come no one in the media is talkin’ about the role of the Catholic Church in the tragic loss of life in Haiti? If the Haitian people lived in harmony with their fragile, insufficient island, there wouldn’t be tens of thousands perishing under the mass of poorly constructed buildings and shanties. They were crushed to death like roaches under the heel of a boot.
If the Spanish conquistadors hadn’t invaded the island, Haiti could have been an earthly paradise. Imagine a tropical… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on January 18, 2010 at 11:59am —
This is a follow-up to my previous post
on church marquee epigrams. Richard Dawkins recently initiated an anti-religious banner on a London bus, but the material was pabulum. Something like, “There might not be a God so enjoy life.”
Utterly milquetoast. Read some of the epigrams on the list that the churches post. They’re downright… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on January 11, 2010 at 7:47pm —
This video fascinates me. No laughing; this is serious stuff because it influences so many people. I keep asking myself, "how can this be reality?". The same answer inevitably pops into my cluttered brain like one of those mole games in the Playland that you hit on the head with a mallet: “chaos theory and Murphy’s Law are the only drivers of reality, stupid. That's how.”
Good doctor Zakir Naik has dozens of videos on Youtube.… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on December 5, 2009 at 10:56pm —
Organized religion is incorrect and inappropriate. The doctrines, beliefs, and liturgies of Catholicism, Islam and Judaism should be classified with other mythologies.
It is the Earth and the natural environment that is sacred and deserves our love and respect—not plastic figurines of Christ, Moses or the Holy Prophet (may anxiety be with him for screwing up so many heads.)
Biodiversity must be preserved. The dwindling wildlife and deplorable extinctions at human hands are… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on November 24, 2009 at 5:56pm —
What is it about organized religion that irks me so? It’s like being on the Titanic as they headed for the iceberg. “Hey, you dopes, we’re headed for disaster. What the heck are you saying prayers for? Turn this oversized ego trip. You can still avoid hitting it.”
For centuries the Church has done the most sick, most demonic and most cruel work, via the Inquisition, to suppress Species Consciousness. The popes seemed to know that if people learned how we got here, their life of pomp,… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on November 24, 2009 at 5:53pm —
I took another look at the Muslim Demographics video
and I’m quite dismayed. Unknowingly, I was recommending a Christian-based piece of propaganda.
I was so daunted by the Muslim growth statistics (> 8 per family) that I overlooked the purpose and intention of the video makers.
First of all, when a video or article starts off with, “According to research…” it should send up a red flag. What… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on October 24, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Did you ever stop to think what life would be like if Christian thought never happened? In the twenty-first century we should be living in an earthly paradise. Species consciousness would have given it to us.
The fact is Christian thought crippled and stultified the progress of consciousness. We have species consciousness for only 150 years since the publication of Origin of Species
—and even then the Church tried to render Darwin’s ideas ineffectual and worthless. The… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on October 9, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Ever fill out as on-line application or sign-up and when you fill in all the numbers and street addresses, the bottommost button says: SUBMIT?
Hey, wait a minute, says I with a smirk. SUBMIT—that’s what Mohammedans and other religious people do. They SUBMIT; they get down on all fours and kiss the ground with their foreheads and elevate their rumps in the air like some sort of smoke detector.
Islam means submission. SUBMIT has a religious connotation. Atheists and… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on September 19, 2009 at 1:58pm —
Consider what Pope Benedict’s organization did to freethinkers and scientists during the days of the witch hunts and human sacrifices. The Catholic Church murdered and tortured thousands of deep thinkers and thereby stultified and fossilized human thought and curiosity. Humans should have evolved into a spiritual entity by now.
Left to me, I would do to him what the church did to Galileo. I would place him under house arrest in one of his many mansions—the church loves real estate.… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on September 14, 2009 at 10:06pm —
When I was teaching biology in the late ‘60s, I’m trying to picture what would have happened if a colleague came up to me and asked if I were teaching the biblical account of creation. It was after all a Catholic school.
I’m trying to think of what I would have replied if my job weren’t on the line. As tennis great John McEnroe liked to yell, “You can’t be serious. You want me to teach the story of Adam and Eve and the talking snake in a science class? How about Shadrach, Meshach,… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on September 3, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Jacqueline Sarah Homan sent me a very disturbing video about Sex and Religion in Manila
. I haven’t been so pissed off at the Catholic Church since Brother George failed me in religion and spoiled my academic record. With 90s in the NYS Regents in science and math, I was turned down by two universities because of my apathy and animosity to Catholicism.
Years ago in Mirror Reversal
Added by Rich Goss on July 22, 2009 at 9:30am —