Hmmm, good question. First thing we would need to do, I suppose, is define “sacred.” At least initially, I will defer to dictionary.com:
That second definition seems to be the most on-point here, but it also begs a question: what entitles anything “to veneration or religious…Continue
Most of my mornings are filled with top 40 hits of pop music as I commute to work, kids in tow. This radio station is a clear favorite for all of us with its variety, and usually I can ignore the music and let the kids enjoy a little be bopping before going to school. Recently though, we discovered that on Sunday mornings there is a half hour of…Continue
Some time back, I was an enthusiastic member of the local skeptics' meetup. It was a chaotic, free form get together where people talked about, just about anything. People got to know each other, discussed their experiences, and I felt a sense of community.
About a year ago, the meetup changed. There was movement toward a more…Continue
February 1 is the anniversary of the death of my father, Hyman William Perlman (1910-80).
He was indirectly responsible for this blog – and in fact for all the secularism, skepticism, atheism, and humanism that have been the foundation of my intellectual life. He was the first skeptic I ever met, and the effect was lasting. Every time Mom would babble on about “God’s will,” he would snap back, “What’s God got to do with it?”
What indeed. Things may happen for some reason or…Continue
Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious Universe hunts the elusive Yeti, and I go off on a feminist rant. So shrill. So goddamned shrill.
Dionne Warwick * Message to Michael
Abdul Hassan Orchestra * Disco Arab
Bryan Fischer on Bi Pride Day
Mike Hadge * Nostalgia Makes Shitty Things Seem Good
Jackson * Gay Marriage will Open…
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“Never speak ill of yourself; your friends will always say enough on that subject.”
“It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.”
On June 28, my second wife and I would have celebrated our 31st anniversary. I meant to write about it on the 28th, but hey, three years after the divorce, a guy’s allowed to…
Unlike the character I covered in the last instalment of this series,Homer's Thersites, Lucian was a real person who starred in his own satirical works, written in Greek for an…Continue
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As an outlet for the repressed literature student in me, I'm starting up this new series that focuses on characters in ancient Western literature who show some sign of skepticism or freethinking. By extension I'll also show the quacks, charlatans or authorities they dare to annoy with their tiresome voices of…Continue
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(Excerpt from a blog post about my childhood)
M*A*S*H: The Communist Leftist Threat to American Democracy
One evening, I cannot remember how, I was sitting upstairs and the conversation went to television. Then somehow I ended up…Continue
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I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
Recognize that the…Continue
Yesterday morning, representing the Houston Atheists, I joined roughly fifty other secular Houstonians for a freethought coffee social. The meetup was organized by the Houston Freethought Alliance, with a goal of bringing our groups together for secular fellowship.…
Atheism - Skepticism
I consider myself as both, a skeptic and an atheist, using both words separately even though I implicitly consider both as related. Hearing lately some people declaring themselves as skeptics but not as atheists, I wondered, why this could be.
On the level of cognition, atheism and skepticism are distinguishable. On the level of skepticism as a behavioral paradigm, a skeptical approach to the…
Timothy Keller informs us that we can get that true happiness by acknowling that we are sinners! God would then take away that guilt of sin and make us truly happy. We must never tempt Him by sinning, but we'll sin and get that absolution. When bad things happen, we can still have happiness as knowing that He loves and protects us.
As His own son, [amongst His others who had children by…Continue
Why should one beieve or disbelieve in the supernatural?
What counts as evidence for it? We naturalists-rationalists find none. Why, none can present it self, because that would go agianst our conservation of knowedge. Nature presents no divine intent as Lamberth's teleonomic argument notes and thus cannot affirm His very existence but can affirm that no divine intent presents itself…Continue
--It is worth noting that this is the second draft of a research paper I am writing, and not all of the information has been properly cited yet.…Continue
Laughlin, Nevada is the kind of place where vegetarianism is…Continue
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