Samuel L. Jackson Weighs In

Hilarious! And Not Safe For Work.Cue some obligatory right wing outrage at the "language" in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... … [Read more...]

Iran: The Ass End of Progress

Say you're a country full of people and you have a lot of vital business to conduct to keep everybody fed and housed and healthy and safe. What do you do?Well, you reach first for this immense tool you have, the most flexible and creative problem-solving device on the planet — the intelligent, educated human brain.Unless you're Iran, in which case you forbid HALF your population — half of those problem-solving brains — from getting a full education:Iranian women banned from 77 university co … [Read more...]

First Person Revolutionary — Part 3

[ Read Part 1 and Part 2 ]The fatal flaw of atheism? Actually, it's a challenge atheism shares with religion. The difference between the two is that religion has found a solution.So let's talk about religion:The weedy form of religion, superstition, arises automatically in each mind all on its own, simply by virtue of our need to create private theories – often wildly personified due to our ability to detect “person-ness” in everything from smiley faces to wind in the trees – about how the … [Read more...]

First Person Revolutionary — Part 2

[ Read Part 1 first. ]Atheism (more broadly, freethought) isn’t new, of course. Just in this country alone, it’s as old as Thomas Paine (although Paine was a deist, he was widely accused of being an atheist, and I'm confident he would've been one of us if he lived in a society in which it was possible to actually think about such things), and has had its bright sparks all along the way, right up to Carl Sagan, who published The Demon Haunted World only 15 years ago. … [Read more...]

First Person Revolutionary — Part 1

Ever think about the revolutions in your life? The things that change, and change greatly, and then affect everything that comes after?Boy, I do.I’ll tell you a little one first, and then a big one, and then a maybe one.The Little OneThe little one – well, it might be a big one to you – is about music. … [Read more...]

Oh, Shit! — or — Why Things Are Always So Fucked Up

I’ve thought for many years about why “otherwise intelligent” people can believe or say certain things that are demonstrably false. I mean, there are people who can look and sound as smart as anyone you know, but who don’t “get” certain things. Who WON'T get certain things.For instance, you can know someone who is a fantastic organizer or salesman, someone who can get rich in running a business, handing every detail easily, but who can’t accept global warming, or evolution ... even when you exp … [Read more...]


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