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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Non-Sequitur: Dog Friends vs. Dog Owners

Someone once walked into my office with a basket of Chihuahua puppies. "Here, you want to hold one?" "Eww, no." "What, you don't like dogs?" "No, I LOVE dogs!" I threw up my hands and walked away. There was no way I was going to be able to explain why "loving dogs" and "feeling creeped out by Chihuahua puppies" could coexist in one person.I've realized that most people, even supposed dog lovers, don't really have a feel for the fact that there's somebody THERE in a dog's head, a being with … [Read more...]

Power: The Source is the Limit, the Source is Us

Would you believe me if I told you "government" doesn't really exist? That when we talk about government, there's nothing really there? It's as fictional as religion?So where do I think all those government buildings come from? What's all that business you see in Washington DC -- Congress and the White House, the Supreme Court and all those museums and monuments and stuff? What's the deal with all the cop cars, and the uniformed people driving them? What do I think the IRS is, or the U.S. … [Read more...]