The Root of Transcendence

As an atheist, you hear it all the time – the in-your-face assertion that Humans are “wired for God.” We believe in gods, we’re told, because it’s natural to us. Because we have something in us that NEEDS a god or gods. Maybe because it carries some evolutionary advantage, so we evolved to have it.The conclusion, in the mind of any faith-professing Christian, is that we’re this way because there really is a god, or at least some sort of “something bigger out there somewhere” that makes it so. … [Read more...]

Donald Trump & The Adaptive Limit

I've recently been toying with the idea that each of us has an "adaptive limit."The adaptive limit is that point at which growth and change becomes impossible.Some people are flexible and adaptable for almost their entire lives. They're the ones who can take on new ideas, new thoughts, new viewpoints, and not get bent out of shape by them. They can hear arguments that don't agree with their own and calmly consider them. They can be creative, they can change and grow.Others have a … [Read more...]

Last Day to Donate to Reason Riders Blanket Drive

Monday until 5 p.m. is your last chance to donate to Reason Riders Blanket Drive for Homeless Veterans.Reason Riders is the one-and-only exclusively atheist motorcycle riding club. First established in Arizona, the group is in the process of welcoming several new chapters elsewhere in the U.S. If you’re not in Arizona but want to help, you can donate here via the PayPal button at the lower left. A $10.00 donation will purchase one blanket for a homeless veteran in Arizona, and each donor w … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Updating a Previous Post

I posted a 4-part piece on Beta Culture back at the end of July. Conceived as a submission for a book coming out early next year, it serves as a pretty good description of Beta, the why and the how of it.The first version was less tight than I'd wish. Rather than post ANOTHER 4-parter, I went back and wrote over the old with a new and better version.It starts here: Beta Culture: New Intro — Part 1 … [Read more...]

Trump’s Latest and The Mob Response

I'm interested in this latest development in the Trump saga. Some part of me appears convinced this is the end for Trump, because I'm actually feeling a little bit sorry for him.I mean, what's happening is well-deserved and all, but ... there's something of the hapless, coddled child in him. I don't think he's bright enough to have known that one of the possible outcomes of all this -- saying and doing the things he's saying and doing, out in the blowtorch of public view -- was his utter … [Read more...]

Yew Cain’t Trust Yore Lyin’ Eyes

Watch this video:I've been seeing optical illusions like this for something like 60 years, and the never-fail tagline is always "You can't trust your eyes!" The thing is always presented as a profound scientific lesson in human perception.But it's SLANTED science, science with a somewhat false editorial built into it, the whole aimed at achieving a little funhouse-type prank on the viewer. When I figured this out 30 or so years back, when I understood the REAL lesson, I stopped being … [Read more...]