Florida Secular Rally

Whenever I post some prior notice of some event I intend to attend, my wife says it looks like I'm 'pimping' myself.  If I don't do that, then people complain that they live down the street from whatever it is and are mad that they didn't know about it in time.  I got several messages from folks in Arkansas who didn't know about Reason in the Rock, and woulda been there if I had just said something.  So fine.This Saturday, November 3rd, I will be in Tallahassee Florida for a secular rally.  W … [Read more...]

Reason on The Rock

Reason in the Rock [Little Rock] was well-planned and played well.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxP0fiuDnHMKudos to the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and the Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason. … [Read more...]

Going to have to burn my new Secular Humanism T-Shirt by Lilandra

WTH?! I followed a link from a blog comment linking the Tea Party to Fascist government to a secular humanist site.  You know you have to be ever vigilant against fascism. Right?  But then what is up with this site's banner...Why make a point to everyone that visits the site that you are "Beyond Atheism" and "Beyond Agnosticism"?  Are they trying to say they are better than atheists and agnostics?Normally I wholeheartedly endorse human efforts to make the world a better place, be … [Read more...]

Don’t blame the atheists

How often do you get microphone from the steps of the state capital, right?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0Ca88xNw_w&feature=plcpHere is a link to the recordings wherein our governor, Rick Perry declared 'spiritual warfare' against secularists and atheists.http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perry-christian-warriors-spiritual-warfare-satan-separation-church-state  … [Read more...]

Update on Malala

The Girl Shot by the Taliban, Becomes a Global IconNot what the Taliban had in mind.The unfolding story of Malala Yousafzai comes with an inspirational quote:"If Pakistan has a future, it is embodied in Malala Yousafzai," the editorial reads. "Malala has shown more courage in facing down the Taliban than Pakistan's government and its military leaders .... The murderous violence against one girl was committed against the whole Pakistani society. The Taliban cannot be allowed to win this v … [Read more...]

Malala Yousufzai

I love this girl.  How could you not?  And her story evoked my favorite quote from any media source this whole year:Religious extremists all make the same mistake.  They all fail to understand that all of the foundational holy books of major religions -all of them- have really really crazy dangerous stuff in them; stuff that was written by men, men who were not just fallible, but men who were wrong.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kVU4fK-wQEThere is also this gem:There is not one fo … [Read more...]

A new meaning for right-brained vs left brained

I hardly have time to do or read anything anymore, so I haven't read the associated study behind this article from Discover magazine, only the article itself.  Past experience has taught me to cautious of conclusions based only on that.  The interesting implication herein is that having more gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex grants more tolerance of uncertainty, making one more likely to consider extenuating circumstances rather than permitting only simple dichotomies.  Having more gr … [Read more...]