Rare Giant Gemstone Sort of Wasted. Thanks, Religion.

BC-Jade-Budda

I'm okay with Buddhists, generally. But guys, really? A statue of Buddha (there are a few around, in case you don't know) was the best the human race could come up with for the largest single piece of jade ever discovered? ... a mammoth boulder of nephrite jade sourced in Northwest British Columbia, Canada. Dubbed the Polar Pride boulder when it was discovered in 2000, gem experts called the 18-ton specimen “the find of the millennium.” I'll admit I'm coming up short in figuring out what … [Read more...]

Atheist Grief Panel Discussion: FTBConscience

Thanks to the kind invitation from Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief, I was on the Atheist Grief panel of FTBConscience, and that took place today at 5 p.m., East Coast time. Other panelists were Greta Christina and Nicome Taylor. And here it is, already on YouTube!   … [Read more...]

The Nature of Men, the Nature of Man

bull run

I posted something on Facebook today, and got a question that sparked some of my philosophical thoughts about human nature. The thing I posted was a link to this, an article about a film project by a woman director that delves into a perceived social problem for men (and society), "toxic masculinity": The One Thing All Men Feel, But Never Admit ... with the accompanying remark: There's some good stuff here, and this is a project worth doing. It will get more conversation going on some … [Read more...]

No, I don’t believe in God. I thought YOU did. Well, heck. Now what?

crazy

We're born to sanity. We instinctively feel that things should be reasonable. That it should all MAKE SENSE. Most of us, as we grow to adulthood, at least TRY to be sane and sensible. But we all know we share the world with some crazy-ass others. In my view, the biggest reason for rampant craziness in the world is religion. Religion is not only mistaken about basic facts of reality, it sets up a social field of acceptance to casual lies, deliberate falsehoods, even malicious acts, by both … [Read more...]

I’m Part of FreethoughtBlogs’ FTBConscience!

I'll be appearing on the "Atheism and Grief" panel at FTBConscience this Sunday, July 21 at 4 p.m. Central time. Other speakers will include Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief, plus Greta Christina and Nicome Taylor. Here's the entire convention schedule, and here's the page detailing just my panel. I'd volunteered to be on the panel regarding the future of atheism, hoping to talk about Beta Culture, but there were already plenty of panelists included there. Hope to see … [Read more...]

Hey, Where’s Our Motorcycle Gang??

Reason Riders X

We DO want to fully engage society with the beautiful possibilities of atheism, right? I just don't see how we can do that without our own nationwide motorcycle club.                       And if you DO do this, I demand to be a charter member! Also, I'll need a motorcycle. Seriously, I think this would be a pretty cool thing to do. It could also get some serious publicity. (BTW, this … [Read more...]


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