Sad News: Greg Laden Departing

Many of you know that Greg Laden and I are good friends. He has asked me to make an announcement.I met Greg some years back at a cultural anthropology conference I was attending out of curiosity. He and I hit it off immediately, and became great friends. I loved his stories of life among the Ik, the Mountain People of northern Uganda, and he liked my stories of working with cowboys and mule packers in the mountains of California.I lost touch with him after he moved to Washington state. The … [Read more...]

The Joy of Coming Out

Several speakers at Reason Rally spoke about “coming out,” and the phrase showed up in a couple of the sketchy news stories about it.Speaking as someone who has “come out” twice, as an atheist and as – well, you know, this other thing I don't usually talk about very much because it's just not relevant to my work as an atheist blogger – I’d like to persuade you all to do it.It can be rough at first, but you will eventually realize it’s one of the best things you’ve ever done. The freedom that … [Read more...]

Daily Show: The Perils of Science

It's a video sort of day. This is just too fantastically good for every person on Earth not to see. Aasif Mandvi does the deed. … [Read more...]

Soldiers and Dogs and Love Without Gods

In honor of "Rock Beyond Belief" at Fort Bragg:   … [Read more...]

Rusted Pickup at the Senior Prom

I sort of keep this to myself, mostly, but I can't tell you how often I look around at my fellow bloggers here on FreethoughtBlogs and wonder "What the hell am I doing here? What have I ever done to deserve  to be in this company?"I even felt some of it at Reason Rally, as I watched person after person stand on the podium and say (or sing) fantastic things. When I walked around the corner that morning and first saw the Rally, I threw up my arms and said "My People!" I even know some of the … [Read more...]

Reason Rally: Pictures At A Revolution

Here are the happy faces of Reason Rally. (There's probably some beautiful way WordPress allows you to present a photo gallery so you don't have to click and back-click, but I didn't know it at the time I posted these. Sorry.)Reason Rally: March 24, 2012. Washington, DC.(Also: Argh. As usual, I have not one photograph proving *I* was there.)Pics below the fold. … [Read more...]