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...]

Reason Riders Benefit for Homeless Veterans

Reason Riders, the exclusively atheist motorcycle riding club, is holding a blanket drive for homeless vets. With winter coming on, this is a critical moment. The group will complete the drive on October 15 and hand out the blankets a few days later. The attached poster has the details.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 will … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Transcendence

I was thinking about the concept of transcendence today as I worked on my roof. To give you some idea what I think about it, I have to tell you a couple of stories. The Heifer Who Almost Killed Me I grew up with rodeo cowboys, as I've said here more than once. There are cowboys who ride and cowboys who rope (this is drastically oversimplified), and my people were that second type. The riders ride either bulls or broncs or both, and are widely known to be right on the edge of crazy. Ropers are … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Left Lane Driving

The Book of Good Living, if you're new here, is my concept for a broad, basic guide to living well and living with others. It's all the stuff we SHOULD know about living life among other humans and on Planet Earth.Rather than some silly Ten Commandments focused on duties to a mythical god, this would be a searchable online multimedia encyclopedia something like Wikipedia, constantly updated by users and powerfully cross-referenced, covering every area of life, everything from basic morality … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: New Intro — Part 1

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4[ The original posting date of this was July 30. It was updated with a substantially rewritten version on Oct. 15. ]I had a request for more information on Beta Culture, to help readers better understand where I was going with the idea. Coincidentally, I've been asked to contribute a chapter on the subject to an upcoming book written by Patheos Atheist writers.I worked for weeks to get that chapter-piece complete, to make it so that it introduced the … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: New Intro — Part 2

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 Full Culture Already described above, full cultures cover every aspect of life, providing both game and gameboard for living. They present an elaborate social framework with all the details worked out.In New York state where I live, full cultures include the Amish and Hasidic Judaism. However confining or silly they might look to those of us outside them, from the inside they provide a place of warmth, safety and familiarity, which most would only … [Read more...]