I got a request from someone at NBC working on a piece about atheist parents who are not necessarily raising their kids to be non-religious: [Read more...]
It’s an idea most atheists probably find pretty familiar, if not resonant: vulnerable believers, scared and alone, taking comfort in imagining a benefactor or guardian figure, a surrogate parent of fantasy who they come to believe is real.
The concept goes literal in Guillermo del Toro’s Mama when two kidnapped children, found living feral in the woods five years later, come to live with their uncle. Psychologists, witnessing the girls’ interactions with their invisible protector, theorize that Victoria and Lily invented Mama to help them cope with their trauma, terror, and abandonment. [Read more...]
Several months ago, I had some conversations with the folks at Hyperink. They publish books, some from scratch and others from previously published content.
We talked about putting together some of my favorites posts from the past several years, organized around a few common themes, into a collection. I was hesitant at first, but when I saw that they had also put out books by Robert Scoble and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, I jumped on board pretty quickly. [Read more...]