If All Your Friends Jumped Off a Bridge … (repost)

bridge_jumper

A phrase popped into my head yesterday while I was thinking about something completely different, and I’d like to toss it at you: “challenge food.”A challenge food is that stuff you’re expected to eat, not because it’s good, not because it’s something you would normally like, but to prove to your friends that you’re tough. Or daring. Or ... willing to go along with the joke.How many times have you heard people rave about chili hot enough to bring tears to your eyes? Or read some story abo … [Read more...]

Deserts In The Blind Spot

Layers

Driving through Nevada on vacation a week or so back, I had this epiphany about deserts:In the presence of green and wet, we become blind to deserts, in the same way sociopaths are blind to the existence and reality of other people.On the desert highways of Nevada, you'll occasionally see an oasis off in the distance, a green, lush place — maybe a hay farm, or a little spring-fed resort — and you'll think "Wow, that's beautiful." Your eye is drawn to green, and in that drawing, it looks a … [Read more...]

The Nature of Men, the Nature of Man

bull run

I posted something on Facebook today, and got a question that sparked some of my philosophical thoughts about human nature. The thing I posted was a link to this, an article about a film project by a woman director that delves into a perceived social problem for men (and society), "toxic masculinity": The One Thing All Men Feel, But Never Admit ... with the accompanying remark:There's some good stuff here, and this is a project worth doing. It will get more conversation going on some … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Bridges and War and All Things Daft

Bush & Bridge

I know there are people who don't like driving across long, high bridges. I'm one of them, I guess, but my job requires me to gird my loins and cross the huge, 3-mile-long, almost-60-year-old  Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River near New York City twice a day.The collapse of the Interstate 5 highway bridge in Mount Vernon, Wash., on Thursday, brought that roaring to mind over the past few days.On days when traffic is slow and you're standing still on the Tappan Zee — like yesterday … [Read more...]

Religion vs. Reality? I Vote Reality

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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...]


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