Beta Culture: The Book of Good Living … Again

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If you're a long-time reader here, you may remember a couple of Beta-Culture-related posts from 2012 about The Book of Good Living. If not, it's like this:You know all that wisdom the Bible supposedly contains? The Talmud? The Koran? What if you could get wisdom about life without all the goddy freight mixed in? Without all the "GOD SAYS DO THIS, DO THAT, OR BURN IN HELL FOREVER!" Might not be a bad thing, huh?The general model for where you get all the good advice is your parents, aunts … [Read more...]

The Club Nobody Wants to Join

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I'm an avid supporter of Grief Beyond Belief. Grappling with the death of a loved one -- human or animal -- is monstrously difficult, easily the most jarring event a person can ever undergo. Throwing religion into it, for someone who is NOT religious, only adds to the suffering. Having a support network for grieving unbelievers is an absolute necessity, in my view. Anything less is, simply, cruel. But it's a cruelty that's gone unrecognized, unlamented by society at large. The goddy majority … [Read more...]

Atheism at the Bedside of the Dying

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When I took my canine buddy Ranger the Valiant Warrior for that last trip to the vet, the doctor asked me to leave the room while he gave him the shot. I looked at him like he was crazy, told him flatly, "I'm not leaving." I also asked him to give Ranger a shot of painkiller before the real killer. As Ranger died, I was there talking to him, stroking him, holding him, "You were the best, buddy! I'll never forget you! I love you, handsome beast!"When Tito the Mighty Hunter died, I was right … [Read more...]

Diving Into the Question of Free Will

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The subject of free will has cropped up in my life again. I think about it every so often, and there are some things that always come to mind when I do. So:If you define free will as "the ability to flout or ignore physical laws," the discussion ends almost before it starts. You can’t defy natural laws. The weird thing is, MOST of the people commenting or writing on the subject speak exclusively in this vein, concluding rightly there is no such thing as free will. Either there’s some sort of … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Rebooting Civilization

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As a superhero movie fan, I love reboots. Even though I know pretty much every version of the origin stories of Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, etc., I never get tired of the retelling.It’s all about the JOURNEY, you see. I get to come along while someone spends millions of dollars telling this story, and though it’s familiar territory, it’s still a glorious ride.The concept of the reboot got me to thinking, though. What if you could reboot your life? Start over and make the story of your l … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 8 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight This is the Truth:In my hunting days, I was headwaiter at a seafood restaurant in a little resort town in the California’s Eastern Sierra mountains. Hunting season had opened several days before, but I’d had to work every day. This was my last evening shift before I had a couple of days off, and I was ready to go.I had my new Ruger .30-06 rifle with a 7-power scope. I had my pack and my sleeping bag and two days wo … [Read more...]


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