Character As Fate And Environment As Variability

In reply to this post from late last night in which I took a first pass at trying to sketch out my views on fate, George writes: Dan, Again I find myself thanking you for this blog. Good blogging is all for naught without good readers (and especially without good readers who contribute excellently and actively), so the gratitude is most definitely mutual! You make me wish that I had have signed up for those philosophy courses in university, although… Read more

Christianity And Lithuania

ABC News reported on the discovery of another CIA secret prison that was being used for some period of time between 2001-2005.  This one in Lithuania.  Red explores its long bloody history and one of its recurring themes: Vilnius has a long and bloody history. There are mass graves there containing the remains of tens of thousands of Poles and Jews exterminated by the Nazis. It is also the tomb of the tattered remnants of Napoleon’s Grande Armee. During a… Read more

On The Meaning Of Meaning

In reply to some remarks I made about the recognition of genuine meaning without reference to religion, George replied with this challenge: Dan, Now you have got me thinking…. I’m not entirely clear about your point of meaning in everyday events. My logic tells me that a completely statistically probable event happens and I impart meaning to it that does not really exist outside of my INTERPRETATION of it. True enough that meaning exists simply because I perceive it to… Read more

Thank You Planet Atheism!

We’ve been simply delighted to be added to the Planet Atheism feed this week.  As the  awesome song below (from the utterly infectious and charming Lykke Li) was playing on my computer just now, I figured it the ideal way to express just how happy we are about getting to introduce ourselves to Planet Atheism’s readership and to see some of the early effects it has already had on helping to boost our own on-site readership.  We’re just so happy… Read more

Get Your Own Occam’s Razor!

It slices! It dices! Click here to see it at work! Read more

Interview With Journalist Threatened With 40 Lashes

Her crime:  wearing trousers. via Atheist Media Blog Read more

The Complicated Relationship Of An Apostate To His Religious Friends And His Reilgious Past

In reply to this post from the other day and subsequent discussion in the comments section about the ways that religious belie can interfere with both reason and love, George writes, For the past year I have been trolling blogs and websites trying to wrap my brain around religion in general and evolution denial in particular. This ironically enough ties into the post you just made. A good friend of mine whom I fell out of touch with for a… Read more

A Contemporary Case For Humanism

It’s astonishing how much we take for granted what human reason has achieved since scientists have committed themselves rigorously to the scientific method.  The evidence of our rational potential with science vs. what it was without science but with faith is really indisputable: Your Thoughts? Read more

The Day’s Cycle In 5 Distinct Locations

A really neat photographic presentation of all the phases of a day in each of 5 different locations. Read more

Rational Beliefs, Rational Actions, And When It Is Rational To Act On What You Don’t Think Is True

We hold beliefs with various degrees of justification and the demands of rationality dictate to us that we proportion our degree of belief to the degree of our justification.  If I am looking at evidence for two sides of a position and I find that 60% of the evidence seems to favor side A, whereas 30% favors side B, and 10% is not terribly well accounted for by either side A or side B, then I only have the right… Read more

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