Jared Sloan Cowan's Blog – May 2011 Archive (12)

The Pledge of Allegiance Old and New


While I haven’t seen many billboards across Tennessee that are religious in nature that are surprising, this new campaign in North Carolina is a welcome change. I’m actually surprised this didn’t happen sooner, but I hope this will catch on. The gist is putting up an American flag pattern with… Continue

Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 28, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Sam Harris on Ethics


I’ve read Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation and own both versions (hardback and paperback) as well as a paperback copy of The End of Faith long recommended to me by my second roommate. While I don’t share his enthusiasm or background in philosophy and neuroscience, I can agree in principle with the thoughts he espouses in this article,… Continue

Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 27, 2011 at 11:57pm — No Comments

How Cats Help Me Learn Zen

Edit: Our household has since lost the first cat and gained a new one in the form of a stray tabby, so I may do a follow up on the Buddhist qualities in that cat in the future

Our present household has three cats, each of which I have a decent analysis of their personality. Cat personality at first glance seems to be a contradiction, since cats are essentially non human and thus have little potential to manifest what we’d term personality traits. But part of this difficulty… Continue

Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 27, 2011 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Minority Advantages and Majority Advances


As something of a self identified Buddhist in the Bible Belt (of all places), I have felt (potentially unrealistically) a sense of isolation and separation from a genuine sangha or even a community of lay Buddhists. With only a single professor in… Continue

Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 27, 2011 at 11:45pm — No Comments

American Atheist Convention and Easter Scheduling


While Easter Sunday is nearly to be celebrated (early in the day, no doubt) by Christians across the world, on this same weekend, the American Atheists are meeting in their 36th convention. This year’s goal in particular is to note that while there are still widespread stereotypes about atheism (one of them especially mistaken, since… Continue

Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 27, 2011 at 11:43pm — No Comments

Aspergers and Atheism


I don’t usually bring up my being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in conversation. It’s distinct from autism by the lack of language development problems as well as the patient being able to function better in society, thus why it is also sometimes called high functioning… Continue

Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 27, 2011 at 11:40pm — 1 Comment

A Bible For Believers And Nonbelievers Alike



What if you took the Bible and edited out all the supernatural references and got to the core of its ethical teachings? That’s not quite what the new release by…


Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 27, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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