Beta Culture: Never Doubt the Power of Religion

The basic rationale for establishing Beta Culture is to provide a balancing force against three "social entities" that are the only current avenues into any sort of future. As I say it: "There's the future we might WANT, and the future we're going to GET." The future we're going to get is the one government, business and religion will get us to. You and I might want a cure for Alzheimer's in ten years, but if government won't help fund the research, if universities, hospitals, pharma … [Read more...]

I’m Ready for My Inheritance, Granny — Would You Kindly DIE??

Youth in Asia

I was talking to my friend Dirt Boy (he owns a plant nursery, and I never shake his hand that he doesn't have to wipe it off first) last night about Beta Culture, and we got onto the subject of death. If you're an existing reader here, you probably know about my Cowboy Dad. For you others: I grew up in Houston, Texas, moved to a little mountain town in California when I was 22. I met this guy there who became my mentor, teacher and eventually, "Dad." We were both mule packers and wilderness … [Read more...]

Shoving Orphans Away From the Table

How many times have you seen it? Someone convenes a panel of talking heads to discuss morals, justice, or any of the other “goodness” issues, and the speaker’s table is filled with a priest, a minister and a rabbi (and here lately, to prove our generous and inclusionary nature, an imam). As far as the organizer is concerned, and large swaths of the audience, atheists don’t exist. Because we don’t know anything about morals, you see, or deep human convictions, or even feelings. We … [Read more...]

4th Grade Quiz: Four Ways Not to be Fooled

Science Quiz

"What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhino?"  goes the old joke. The answer: Elephino (hell if I know)! To the question of whether the attached image is the real thing, that's the best I can figure out. (Click to see it full-size.) I saw it this morning on the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason Facebook page, a link shared by J.O., commenter from Gothenburg, Sweden. The original image appears to be from Imgur. The Imgur side-caption says the picture was … [Read more...]

Hawking T-Shirts at Funerals (More or Less)

If I die and somebody shows up to sell "Hug Me - I'm an Atheist!" T-shirts at my service, it would tickle me to death. (If I wasn't already dead, I mean, and was, you know, capable of being tickled.) [ Note: If you do this, you have to donate the money in my name — all of it — to a black bear rescue operation or sanctuary. ] But if it happened at any other funeral, I would expect the family to be furious. I feel the same way about selling religion at funerals. Even at second hand, … [Read more...]

Atheist Discrimination by the U.S. Post Office?

Are U.S. postal workers tampering with or destroying U.S. mail? According to this article, Packages sealed with "Atheist" tape go missing 10x more often than controls ... the evidence suggests they are. … [Read more...]


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