Greta Christina Doesn’t Want You To Accept The Truth

…about cats: The paws that delicately pat you in the face to wake you up? The paws that make bread on your belly? The paws that mischievously jump up on the kitchen counter? The paws that walk on you and your furniture every day of your life? Those are the same paws that have just [Read More...]

Some Suspicions About The Superiority Of Liberal Moral Values

Earlier today, I drew attention to Greta Christina’s article formulating some ideas she picked up from Rebecca Newberger Goldstein.  If you have already read either or both of those posts, you can just skip the next two paragraphs meant to catch up new readers. The Goldstein/Greta Christina argument built off of Jonathan Haidt’s theory of [Read More...]

Are Liberal Values Objectively Better Than Conservative Ones?

In recent years, Jonathan Haidt has been influentially arguing that there are five essential modules in the mind from which human moral concerns originate.  He has made this claim in several places, most prominently among philosophers in his contribution to Moral Psychology, Volume 2: The Cognitive Science of Morality: Intuition and Diversity (from Walter Sinnott-Armstrong’s groundbreaking [Read More...]

Carnival Of The Godless #127 (The First With Hammer Juggling Camels)

Camels With Hammers is proud to host the 127th Carnival of the Godless! Starting us off is Winter Harvest’s Neosnowqueen delivering a really intense and personal post that you really must take the time to read and ponder in full: If there is one thing that I have learned as an introvert, it’s that you [Read More...]

The Yearning Animal

Greta Christina takes down the argument that the desire for God proves there is a God to fulfill it out there to be discovered: Someone (I can’t remember who now) recently pointed out that the “no atheists in foxholes” argument, even if it were true (which it’s not), isn’t an argument for God’s existence. It’s actually [Read More...]

Defend Maine’s Same-Sex Marriages

Greta Christina sends out the rallying cry: momentum is huge in politics. A win makes the next campaign on the issue seem less radical and less scary; not just for voters, but for politicians and public figures, who are way more likely to fight for a cause if it looks like it already has some [Read More...]

Letting Go Of God

Julia Sweeney, of It’s Pat! from Saturday Night Live fame, has a film in which she describes her journey out of religion. Here is a trailer for the film: Here is a performance of the first 15 minutes of her stage show: Greta Christina recommends it as highly as possible: Sweeney is more than just [Read More...]

A Materialist View Of Transcendence

Greta Christina specifically addresses the meaning of sex from within a materialist’s mindset but her points can extend to more aspects of our experience as well, I think.  The transcendent aspect of sex and of numerous other aspects of our experience can be derived from our meditative realization that we are participating in processes that [Read More...]

“The Myth of Sexual Spontaneity”

Greta Christina attacks what she calls “the myth of sexual spontaneity,” defined as the idea that “for sex to be good and meaningful, the desire has to strike both partners out of the blue and be acted on immediately” on the grounds that arises from and implictly reinforces negative views of sex: Our culture tends [Read More...]


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