Musings on the Nature of Mind


Anyone paying attention in the last few decades of life on Earth can't help but think there's something wrong in the human world. It's something that doesn't and, I suspect, can't work.I've thought many times this unworkable bit is our own understanding of ourselves. As in: We think we are one way, we expect ourselves and our fellows to be this one way, and yet we are very different from it. Which means a great deal of what we think of as the “should be” of human life is wrong. We get right a … [Read more...]

Help (Really, Sort-Of, But Often Maybe Not Really) Wanted

Help Wanted

I know from my own experience of reading blogs that I generally expect the voice behind the screen to TELL me something, to clarify or assist me in understanding. Which builds a sort of weight into the fact that I'm a blogger myself.I do try to live up to that sort of expectation. I look at larger issues – mainly atheism, sometimes politics, but lately also Beta Culture – so I can present more understandable or balanced analyses of each subject for readers.At the same time, I'm also very … [Read more...]

Philosophy for Two?

Ten points if you recognize the Monty Python reference in the title of this post.But seriously, here's something you don't see every day, and it might be something you'd want very much.Fellow blogger (Camels With Hammers) Dr. Daniel Fincke is once again offering real-time online video courses in philosophy for atheists: Hammer Out Your Philosophy Face to Face with Dr. Daniel Fincke This Summer They are ideal for our ex-believing atheist readers who would like to piece together a … [Read more...]

Drum Roll, Cymbal Clash, Fanfare of Vuvuzelas!

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Hey there! Say hello to another FreethoughtBlogs alumnus, moving over to further infiltrate Patheos with steely determination, pointed wit, and violent, wanton godlessness.For those of you discovering Hank Fox (me) for the first time, an intro:I’m the author of Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist: Simple Thoughts About Reason, Gods & Faith. I’ve blogged as the Blue Collar Atheist at Freethought Blogs and elsewhere for a couple of years, but I recently changed my blog banner to A Citizen of … [Read more...]

Interlude, With Gall Bladder

If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting, I’m having a certain amount of pain pretty much every day, and it’s sharply diminished my writing output.I feel like a sissy saying it, considering what Greta Christina and Ed Brayton have gone through recently (and kept writing!), but ... you know, you have deal with your own experience, and this has been a low-level but definite ass-kicker.In a few days, I’ll be going to the local hospital for the preadmission tests. My gallbladder and I … [Read more...]

Brushing Up My Redneck Credentials

Nothing to do with atheism here — this is me being rustic.Bishop, California, a town on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada (a range of mountains that runs north-south through the heart of California), has a big Memorial Day weekend bash every year called Mule Days. Mules have been a part of the local scene for ... well, a damned long time, having long been used as cargo carriers for people interested in seven-elephants camping in the John Muir Wilderness. … [Read more...]