One Billion Atheists: Two Additional Ideas

As the name of the hoped-for movement states, my interest in the free-thought spectrum is this one specific thing: Atheism. Everything else flows from that, in my view, and a coordinated effort to empower and expand atheism will throw off benefits to every one of the sub-genres of the larger field of free-thought.Regarding which, here are a couple of ideas I'd toss into the mix for One Billion Atheists by 2025: Atheist Leadership Academy Years back when I was working on a magazine in … [Read more...]

One Billion Atheists

When I started as an atheist activist 15 or 20 years ago, one thing was clear to most of the atheists I talked to: Every person had to get here on his/her own.In other words, it was decidedly wrong to proselytize. The thought was that atheism -- the good, solid, workable kind -- was this conclusion reachable only after much personal introspection and observation. That merely getting people to say "I'm an atheist" was empty and useless. Such an atheism would be no different from religion -- a … [Read more...]

Insight Into A World Without Gods

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Today I located the Facebook pages of a handful of old friends, some from my cowboy years, some from my Texas years. None of them know me on Facebook, because I've kept that account secret from most of them.Part of it is because I don't like people looking over my shoulder as I engage in an ongoing freestyle quest to figure out this thing I'm trying to figure out -- you know, Life. Part of it is ... I know if they see who I am now, the kinds of things I think and say, we can't be friends … [Read more...]

Herd Immunity: The Internet vs. Education

Rather than amplifying intelligence, I think the Internet and TV are taking the place of intelligence. Because information is available in instants, you don't have to actually learn things, to commit them to memory and have them become a part of your own thinking processes. A great deal of the time, for too many of us, we don't even have to THINK. We become less practiced at it. We become lazy data-tourists rather than farmers of knowledge.Of course we don't ALL become less practiced at … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Tools 2

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Tools are under-appreciated by most of us officey types. Whether it’s a circular saw, a drill, a planer, an arc welder, or just a simple car jack, too many of us aren’t ready to get our hands dirty.It’s not the dirt, of course. It’s just that certain tools can be outside our bubble of competence, and it’s human nature to shy away from getting involved in something we probably, in the beginning, won’t be much good at.But here’s the really great thing about tools: If you have the right tool … [Read more...]

The Book of Good Living: Tools

Advice to moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older cousins, anybody with young people in your lives:There are few material things you can give kids that will make such a difference in their lives as good tools. Carpentry tools, woodworking tools, mechanic's tools, plumbing tools, metalworking tools, electrician's tools, -- kitchen tools! blacksmith's tools! -- tools for servicing appliances, computers, mechanical devices.The card should say "Dear One: Build things. Make things. Fix … [Read more...]