“There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be
firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to
instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it
with an air of great seriousness.”
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will recall that they are a narrative not of a horror movie…but of something equally disturbing: the…Continue
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…Continue
If we’re to grow up as a species, we need to address the systems that infantilize us.
I recently posted a question to Steve Shives for his “You Had to Ask” series, wherein I asked for his thoughts regarding population growth and the problem it poses for our continued existence on this planet. No great surprise, Steve had no solutions among his musings, but he noted importantly that, as a problem, population growth is far more obvious and blatant than…
The general assumption is that an adult is capable of making their own decisions regarding how their life is conducted, what preferences they hold and what choices they make. An adult might be politically conservative or liberal, a meat eater or vegan. They might like action/adventure movies or opt for more cerebral fare at the cinema. Curry might be their preference over Mexican, or vice versa, or they may be equally enthusiastic about both. Regardless, their choices are or certainly should…Continue
Nous Sommes Tous La France! - Society of Epicurus' Message of Solidarité in Light of the Paris Attacks
Added by Hiram on November 14, 2015 at 10:28am — No Comments
"Dear Alan and Elisha,
"We are planning to have the unveiling service for Belle [my mother, who died last year] on Sunday, November 22 at the Haym Solomon Memorial Park, Frazer, PA at 11am. We would love to have you join us, but please – [there’s] no pressure."
[Invitation to brunch afterward.]
The above is an invitation from my brother and sister-in-law (Deb, although a New Hampshire Congregationalist, follows along…Continue
To expose yourself to any news medium today is to encounter a veritable tsunami of religious bullshit, enough to confirm my worst visions of humanity and make it all the more difficult to hope for a secular future, free of religion’s enslavement.
The Pope comes to America. At incalculable cost, we learn, unprecedented security measures are being employed to protect his holy self. Why not trust God to do it?
A potpourri of Popery
A guy from Argentina…Continue
If you can’t tell by my attached photo gallery, I absolutely love the horror and supernatural genres of entertainment. Alfred Hitchcock, Vincent Price, George Romero, Quentin Tarantino, Boris Karloff, and Peter Cushing? Cannot get enough. I love the macabre art inspired by all things dark and taboo. Little coffins decorated with favorite…Continue
Valerie Tarico (with whom I'm becoming more and more impressed as time goes by) has provided an excellent commentary on the Pope's recent move on temporary "forgiveness" for abortion. On the surface the Pope's move has seemed to most people to be a transparently hypocritical ploy in the interest of PR value. In her column Valerie takes…Continue
“It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.”
“Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason.”
- Ben Franklin
Preface: On the surrealness of the Trump candidacy
The Trump candidacy is giving me a creepy reality-warping experience. Some portion of my brain, the business-as-usual, pattern-seeking lobe, believes that a typical Presidential…Continue
Add one and one and the result is two. This is true regardless of what is being added or what mathematic base one and one are being added in, with the necessary exception of Base 2. Even then, 10-Base2 has the same value as 2 in any other system of counting. There is only one right answer.
Apply a one-volt signal to a one-kilohm resistor and one milliampere of current will flow through that circuit. Any variance from that result will be the product of inaccuracies in the…
I normally make an effort to go out of my way to avoid any news stories coming out of FOX news. I also do what I can to not bother responding to any discussion panels either. There is one draw that will get my attention, and keep it, in a FOX news article. Pastors, politics, and biblical scripture.…Continue
Once again, a Muslim targets the military and slaughters Americans. Once again, motives are sought. He was such a nice guy. He came back from the Middle East, and he was somehow different. I am still waiting for someone (why not a secular organization?) to have the courage to say that yes, he was different: his mind was taken over by a vile, heinous, psychotic RELIGIOUS fantasy.
On CNN, law officers in impressive uniforms vow to find out why he did it. The closest that the media…Continue
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This past week has been a political whirlwind. One the equality front civil liberties are winning, but on the economic front, the nation took a blow. The New York Times has covered the Trans-Pacific Partnership quite well.…Continue
The movie The Wizard of Oz, based off of L Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American classic. The story is also often used in social studies classes as an allegory to the Populist era of the late 1800s. Baum did not write Oz as an allegorical tale, but it fits quite well. The Wizard of Oz can also be used as an allegory to an Atheists shedding of religion and superstition, on the Atheist's road to self-discovery. I will use the…
June 17th, after about an hour of service, Dylan Storm Roof slaughtered nine unsuspecting church members at Emanual A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. There were not any obvious signs of his intentions, nor any reason to suspect him of ill will. The 21 year-old simply decided to kill members of this church for what now appears to be racially motivated reasons. Seeing how he was just…Continue
I will never allow ideas to be pushed without challenging them especially if they hold falsehood touted as facts. No, I do not have a bit of tolerance for bad arguments. I do not respect ideas I respect people. Ideas have no rights to exist.
The main subjects I go after are pseudoscience, pseudohistory and pseudomorality if they are not warranted by valid and reliable reason and evidence they likely can expect heavy opposition from me.
If I only provide ideas that hold valid…Continue