Revised "About the Author" Page

I’ve revised the “About the Author” page that can be found via a link on the bottom of the sidebar. The first version of this page was dashed off just before Daylight Atheism was launched, and was never very informative. The new version is more detailed, so if you want to know more about the mysterious fellow behind this website, now’s your chance.

I’ve also added a new page, “Statement of Principles”, also linked from the sidebar. This one sums up my core beliefs on a range of philosophical topics, with the aim of explicitly defining the worldview that underlies my posts.

This is an open thread. What’s on your mind?

About Adam Lee

Adam Lee is an atheist writer and speaker living in New York City. His new novel, Broken Ring, is available in paperback and e-book. Read his full bio, or follow him on Twitter.

  • 2-D Man

    The sum total of these five components – space, time, matter, energy, and their interactions – forms the grand system that we call the universe.

    This reminded me of a quote from my nuclear physics professor (not necessarily verbatim):

    You’ve got to learn to stop being so careful about whether you’re talking about matter or energy.

  • DCL

    Hello!
    Haven’t had the chance to continue translating the Ebon Musings page. Though, don’t think I’ve forgotten about it, as soon as I’m done with this semester I’ll try to translate an essay or two.

  • Lux Aeterna

    Since this is an open thread:

    Do visit youngfreethought.blogpsot.com

    This is a blog specially catered for young freethinkers to air their views. It features numerous pieces from them too.

    As it is a fledgling blog, it needs all the support it has from the atheist blogger community. So do visit and leave a comment.

  • http://www.atheistrev.com vjack

    Thanks for the reminder. I’ve been meaning to do some revision in this area for a long time. Maybe I’ll get to it now.

  • http://wilybadger.wordpress.com Chris Swanson

    “Statement of principles”? Why am I suddenly flashing back to Citizen Kane? :)

  • Mark.V.

    Just read your “about the author” and was surprised to see you are in your twenties. From your writing I would have picked your age to be in your fifties.

  • Serenegoose

    Death is on my mind, and the morality of forcing someone sick of life to stay as a salve for our conscience, not once actually considering how they feel on the matter.

  • dave

    Please advise,

    To all writers above,

    Does the word morality fit into the pshyce of any of you,
    if it does, can any of you tell me what their morality
    benchmark is.

    Thanks and cheers for now

    Dave

  • 2-D Man

    No, Dave. It does not. Now I need to go bathe in the blood of the innocent. (Just kidding!)

    On a more serious note, I don’t think any answers that you get are really going to get anywhere until we know in which terms to phrase our answers. How about you explain to us if and how the word morality fits into your psyche?

    If you think I’m being a little cold here, well, it’s because I have a good reason to be. We’ve been round and round this discussion before and it could have simplified things a lot to have a coherent definition of visiting theists’ position. (See how many assumptions I have to make off the bat? I’ve already assumed you’re a theist!)

  • Kaltro

    I’ve been wondering about part of your new Statement of Principles section. Under the section where you say you consider yourself a classical liberal I found this:

    “I recognize the power of free markets to generate economic growth and spur innovation, yet when unchecked, they lead to greed, corruption, and inequality that’s impossible to justify by any rational accounting and corrosive to society as a whole. To ensure that markets serve the needs of society, rather than vice versa, I advocate strong regulations and a system of progressive taxation that reinvests the bounty of the market in ways that benefit all members of society.”

    Now, this puzzles me. How is a market ‘free’ if it is shackled by strong regulations, a system of progressive taxation, and the massive bureaucracies that can be expected to develop due to these conditions?

    Other things about this section that puzzle me are 1) why you think greed is a problem of markets but not of the regulators and tax-gatherers trying to ‘correct’ supposed market excesses. 2) Why supposed corruption in a free market is an excuse to create a centralized bureaucracy where even more corruption is bound to occur. Bear in mind that corruption in a centralized system can do much greater harm than in a decentralized system. 3) Why economic inequality, if it is arrived at honestly, is bad.

  • CSN

    Kaltro,

    What is your definition of honestly? Anything less than physical force? Surely massive concentrations of capital can be as effective as force as a way to “dishonestly” arrive at yet a larger share of the pie. It seems that the means to maintain this honesty, without resorting to communal ownership of all production, is the aforementioned regulations.

    We don’t need to start a libertarian vs. socialist debate here so that’s all I have to say, just wanted to point out the flaw in thinking that violent coups are the only way of seizing power.

  • Kaltro

    CSN, I consider honest to be work that doesn’t violate the property rights of anyone else, and mutual, voluntary exchanges or gifts whenever property changes ownership.

    Also, thanks for confirming whether or not I actually think violent coups are the only way of seizing power… I don’t think that, so claiming that as a ‘flaw’ in my thinking is not valid.


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