Beta Culture: Culture Itself

In pursuit of my Beta Culture concept, I've been thinking a lot about Culture over the past couple of years, and I've recently been making some interesting connections. I like to think I'm getting close to understanding the meat of it. Here's a recent thought:Your culture offers you Values, Ways, and Place.VALUES are obvious: Honesty is the best policy. People are suckers and deserve what they get. Hard work is the stuff of life. Honor your mother and father. Family above all. Never stop … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Movement Cuckoos

I've said many times that every time atheists put up a billboard or other public display, they should absolutely expect it will be vandalized, and should set up cameras to record the vandals in the act. Anytime we think "billboard," we should also think "vandalism preparation."It's probably impossible to prevent the vandalism, but we could start a YouTube video collection to argue that nice Christians vandalize atheists' property about a thousand times more often than evil atheists target … [Read more...]

Thinking Tools: Weather and Will

Some of what you work out -- hopefully, anyway -- as you go about your daily life, are what I call "thinking tools." These aren't just facts, they're ways of viewing or understanding the world around you  in a way that allows you to deal with life in a more productive, or less painful, way.I wrote about something I call "Nailing" quite some time back, and that concept is one of my own thinking tools, something that helps me understand a bit of seemingly irrational human behavior. (Such as … [Read more...]

When We All Grow Up

Every major change in life -- and probably a lot of the minor ones -- is accompanied by something I call Turbulence.New job, turbulence. New baby, turbulence. Loss of a loved one, MAJOR turbulence.It's that period of discomfort and confusion that happens between one steady life state and another. Eventually you get used to new conditions of life -- the new job is as familiar and comfortable as the old one -- but meanwhile, you suffer the bumpy ride of the necessary transition.I bring … [Read more...]

Lefty Pet Peeve

This picture was shared on Facebook with the caption, "Americas (sic) largest mass hanging of Indians."Hey, I'm in. I'm on board. The LEAST you can say about the alleged incident is that it deserves to echo through history as one of our most shameful moments. It deserves to be remembered, reflected upon, regretted.As a compassionate, reasoning being -- or so I like to think of myself -- my first impulse is to find out more. This is something that needs to be a part of my thinking, … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Legacy

[I'm afraid I'm not going to explain this very well. I have the idea in my head in a way that makes sense to me, but this post runs long because I'm having a problem getting the concept into words. I'm hoping readers can help me refine the idea into some simpler form that will be more easily understandable. Collaborative comments are welcome!]As I think I've said here in the past, I believe atheism is, in some ways, rather fragile. Give us one good civilization-wide scare and I fear we'd … [Read more...]


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