The Search for Truth Is Endless—Don’t Get Sidetracked

Some people have reacted to my recent blogs by more or less accusing me of being unfair to atheists. No, I’m being critical of people who are closedminded about anything to do with religion, a crowd that includes many people besides atheists. Why am I bothering? For the sake of those who can still grow, and anyone who decides to can do that. Consider a devoutly religious person who believes, with no doubt at all, that God exists, and a... Read more

Interpreting the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife”

There have been many news stories (an excellent one can be found at theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/04/the-gospel-of-jesuss-wife-is-real-what-now/360487/) reporting that disinterested scholars have established that the fragment of papyrus which Karen King labeled the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is as old as the other Coptic documents published as the Nag Hammadi Library in English. It now can be taken seriously as an historical document. The only new element in it is the words “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . . ‘” This... Read more

Maybe a “Fellowship of the Spirit” could be a safe place to tell our true experiences

Various threads I’ve been thinking about lately seem to be intersecting. Consider the ongoing “debate” between, for example, Creationists and Atheist-identified Agnostics. It is not an actual debate, because neither side understands what the other side is actually trying to say nor, apparently, is consciously aware of what they themselves actually believe. Certainly neither side is aware that there is far more to “religion” than they think. By “Creationists” I mean people who think they already have the “Truth” and... Read more

Resist the Koch brothers: Buying Chevron gas and Georgia Pacific paper helps them subvert our democracy.

The Koch Brothers and Koch Industries cannot treat American citizens as they do and still expect us to support their products. Please share this message widely. Much of their wealth comes from activities on a level that consumers cannot directly deal with, but if we can begin affecting their bottom line, they might start changing their minds. Koch Industry Gasoline: Chevron Union Union 76 Conoco Koch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products: Angel Soft toilet paper Brawny paper towels Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and... Read more

Disqus Sucks

This is not so much a blog as a complaint about this system. I did not like Disqus from the gitgo when Patheos decided to start using it to manage the comments. Disqus now seems to be frequently malfunctioning, at least for me. Half the time I can’t see any new comments at all. Then they suddenly become available, then disappear again. I’ve also just had a case of Disqus decding to diapprove a comment, when I had done no... Read more

Of Epistemology and the Varieties of Atheism

I’ve been working for the last 60 years on the complex of issues concerned with what we know—or think we know—and how we know it, which, of course, enlarges into the issues of the nature of consciousness, the differences and relationships between knowledge and belief, and the nature of reality—insofar as we are aware of reality, as distinct from what we think is reality. I think I’ve made a little progress. Lately there have been some well-publicized “debates” between proponents... Read more

On Karl Popper, George Gurdjieff, and Nondisprovable Hypotheses

Religion is a Very Serious subject for most people, whether they think of themselves as “religious” or not. So this is a Very Serious line of thought. Whenever I have mentioned “Gurdjieff’s Partition,” which is the concept that disprovable hypotheses are the province of science, nondisprovable ones the province of faith, some have responded that this concept was proposed by Karl Popper. Perhaps so. Gurdjieff predates Popper, and I don’t have dates for when either of them proposed such a... Read more

How Atheism Kills Students

I’m sure that got your attention. I mean only a certain kind of atheism. I will explain. I have finally finished the first volume of my A Tapestry of Witches. Next I convert it to PDF files and upload it to CreateSpace. I’m going to release it only as a paperback. It has hundreds of footnotes, which an e-book would screw up. I have the overall structure for volumes II and II plotted out. II will cover from about 1975... Read more

Of Breasts (Redux) and the Foundations of Ethics

My previous blog elicited more negative than positive comments. Allowing for the fact that one commenter is a troll and will simply be ignored, most of the rest advanced serious objections that merit reply. Please be aware that my thoughts here are within a larger trajectory of wondering why almost all the modern world suffers from the scourge of Aphrodiphobia and what long-term strategy might work toward eradicating it. First of all, I was accused of not doing my homework,... Read more

“Why are men so interested in women’s breasts?

They don’t really have anything to do with sex.”  Thus Mikel Schwartzkopf asked me and my best friend, Alan Rein, one day in the fall of 1956, our senior year at Tamalpais High in Mill Valley. Alan and I were both in love with her, but she was getting over a previous crush of her own and refused to choose between us. Unrequited love is SO painful when one is sixteen. He and I scratched our heads, discussed the issue,... Read more
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