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
Added by Alan Perlman on January 31, 2013 at 4:05pm — No Comments
I want to thank everyone who has taken or will take the time to read and comment on my latest post on the concept of race.
I knew this was a touchy subject, and if I was going to ruffle some feathers, so be it. Hell, the same thing got me in trouble in Corporate-Carpet-Land. But I was also going to articulate what some people were already thinking, politically incorrect as it might be.
The important thing is the dialog. Racism, real or perceived, is still a raw nerve for many…Continue
“C’mon people now, smile on your brother
Everybody get together try to love one another – right now.”
Lyrics, “Get Together,” The Youngbloods
“[Thomas Sowell’s book Migrations and Cultures] is a strong indictment of both affirmative action and multiculturalism. The former because it tends to be self-defeating, the latter because it discourages minorities from shedding old habits and adopting new and more functional…Continue
“Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion. In Constantinople, one who does.”
“If you believe in Judgment Day, I have to seriously question your judgment.”
“If the kind of God exists who would damn me for not working out a deal with him, then that is unfortunate. I should not care to spend eternity in the company of…Continue
"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
Martin Luther King, Nobel Prize Acceptance speech, 1964
This week we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. He would have been 84. There are tributes and speeches. After all, we have a (sort of) African-American President.
1968 and beyond
King was murdered in 1968 –…Continue
“Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.”
--George Bernard Shaw
“It’s an incredible con job, when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death. Even corporations, with all their reward systems, don’t try to make it…Continue