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...]

Donald Trump & The Adaptive Limit

I've recently been toying with the idea that each of us has an "adaptive limit."The adaptive limit is that point at which growth and change becomes impossible.Some people are flexible and adaptable for almost their entire lives. They're the ones who can take on new ideas, new thoughts, new viewpoints, and not get bent out of shape by them. They can hear arguments that don't agree with their own and calmly consider them. They can be creative, they can change and grow.Others have a … [Read more...]

The Hillary Campaign. No, the OTHER Hillary Campaign.

As a lifelong wordsmith, I notice the nuances of language -- how the words are used, and the sometimes hidden implications behind them.So I think you should read this:The Great American Brainwash: Half a Billion Dollars to Turn the Public against HillaryFor some years now, I've watched this thing happening out in full public view, wave after wave of attacks on Hillary Clinton. I figured out eventually that there was something deliberate behind it. I didn't know who, exactly, was … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Movement Cuckoos

I've said many times that every time atheists put up a billboard or other public display, they should absolutely expect it will be vandalized, and should set up cameras to record the vandals in the act. Anytime we think "billboard," we should also think "vandalism preparation."It's probably impossible to prevent the vandalism, but we could start a YouTube video collection to argue that nice Christians vandalize atheists' property about a thousand times more often than evil atheists target … [Read more...]

When We All Grow Up

Every major change in life -- and probably a lot of the minor ones -- is accompanied by something I call Turbulence.New job, turbulence. New baby, turbulence. Loss of a loved one, MAJOR turbulence.It's that period of discomfort and confusion that happens between one steady life state and another. Eventually you get used to new conditions of life -- the new job is as familiar and comfortable as the old one -- but meanwhile, you suffer the bumpy ride of the necessary transition.I bring … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Beyond Veterans Day

I confess to mixed feelings about November 11.I have a number of fairly conservative friends, and you can count on Veterans Day to kick off a massed booming v0lley of flag-wavery -- heartfelt prayers, cheers, and best wishes for the men and women in uniform, those gallant, selfless warriors willing to give their lives for our freedom.I can never join in with such fervent abandon. I mean, I GET Veterans Day. But still, considering some of the things the U.S. military has done ... mixed … [Read more...]