Recommended Book: Does God Hate Women?

This book was published back in 2009, but I read it recently, and I really loved it, so I want to recommend it here. [Read more...]

Obama Is Right to Be Wrong about IS

President Obama made a speech about the terrorist group IS and laid out his strategy about how to gradually “degrade and destroy” IS. Overall I think it was the best one could do in the current situation, and I believe objections to it would come from reality-divorced ideologues from the right (who want more war at [Read More...]

Book Review: On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt

I’m not someone who’s well-versed in this era of history. I know that the near-consensus of experts is on the other side of the debate, and I know I’m not equipped to judge the merit of this book in a useful way. So this review can only reveal the viewpoint of a layperson who also [Read More...]

Liberty Interviews Episode 3: Jonathan MS Pearce

This is the third episode of hopefully many weekly interviews I plan to conduct on the subject of liberty from people with varying standpoints and views. Check out the previous episodes here. As an author, Jonathan MS Pearce writes about the subjects which fascinate him hugely. His first book “Free Will?” is a work dedicated to [Read More...]

First Day of My Account: Questions on Islam

So I created an account yesterday. I received some interesting question the first day, I thought maybe I share them with blog readers here too. [Read more...]

Loose Muslims Vs. Moderate Muslims

I have come across a sentiment, both from Iranians and non-Iranians, and today I suddenly realized it’s demonstrably false. Usually westerners (and some Iranians) say “Yes, I know a lot of Iranians who are completely different from the regime, they drink alcohol, have sex, etc, they’re very moderate!” And I think that’s false. [Read more...]

New Rule Added to the Comment Policy: No Off-Topic Comments

I didn’t want to enact a rule concerning the topicality, but since there are inconsiderate commenters who keep on hijacking the comment thread and show no remorse for littering the blog with their irrelevant musings, and have indicated that they will go on polluting the comment section, you will not be able to post off-topic [Read More...]

When Religions Teach Slaughter, Some People Learn the Lesson

Ed Brayton wrote something in his blog yesterday with which I couldn’t disagree more, and I think it’s the wrong way to look at religions. In a post entitled Yes, President Obama, Some Religions Do Teach Slaughter he wrote: It’s trivially easy to cite chapter and verse from the Bible and the Quran not just encouraging but demanding [Read More...]

Movie to Look Forward to: Humbling

Philip Roth is a great author, and Humbling is a great novel, a masterpiece. When I heard that it’s going to be adapted into a film and Al Pacino is playing the lead, I was very excited, as Pacino really is the perfect choice, I even imagined the protagonist as Pacino when I read the [Read More...]

In Iran: The Noose Around Reformists’ Neck Gets Tighter

A little more than a year has passed since Rouhani became the president of Iran, but it seems that the conservatives are in full oppression mode. I have already told you how Rouhani’s minister of science was removed by the conservative parliament for the “crime” of doing his job and implementing reforms. But the events [Read More...]