About Aron Ra

Take him to Detroit!

Great Beer!

I think this was my first time in Michigan.  All I knew about Detroit was what I'd seen in Kentucky Fried Movie, but there's a good group there.  Only 15 were expected to turn out to meet us tonight, but more than twice that showed up.   The people there represented Detroit Atheists, Ann Arbor Atheists, Michigan Atheists, the Center For Inquiry, Sunday Assembly and others.  The Dragonmead Brewery even called in additional wait staff when we suddenly filled the place, and we stayed until the put t … [Read more...]

Living Science Videos

LivingScienceLabels

My wife, Lilandra is a secular activist like myself, advocating for improved education as I do, but she is also a science teacher and a curriculum specialist with the Next Generation Science Standards.  One of the projects we do together is a series of classroom supplement science videos teaching biology at the middle school and high school level.  We have a separate channel just for our Living Science series, one that is separate from our other activism videos.  This is our latest one.  It's a m … [Read more...]

Philisophical empiricism vs metaphysical solipsism

SaganHitchens

In my previous post, as in the one before that, I criticized faith, as I always do.  Someone always tries to rebut me, either by trying to say that faith isn't really what it has always been consistently proven to be, or by projecting their greatest fault onto me by pretending that scientists are just as bad as believers; as if science is were a matter of faith too.  I call it a game of equivocation and projection. It’s an attempt to paint the illusion that science and religion are somehow com … [Read more...]

Religious faith IS “belief without evidence”

In my previous post, I criticized faith, as I always do, and some believer predictably accused me of misrepresenting what Christian/religious faith really is. Usually the argument is an attempt to equivocate or project their own faults onto the opposition, as if science requires faith too, and that scientists are therefore “just as bad” as religious believers. Of course the applications of science and faith are completely opposite in every respect.Religious apologists are like litigators, who … [Read more...]

What do atheists think?

This is my first submission to the Patheos network, where I am told there is much better chance that my posts will be read by religious believers. Good, because that’s who I mean to reach.When I read this article about evangelist John Lennox, I meant to reply to him, but then I realized that his answers are mostly shallow and evasive excuses. The more objectionable assertions came from the author of the article, Heather Tomlinson. So I will address her instead, taking Lennox' comments to s … [Read more...]

Loaded question

So I got the following email from a financial adviser in New Zealand: Hi. As you strike me as an honest and sincere authority in the atheist worldview, could you please help me by advising me: How can I be an intellectually honest atheist when it seems to me that atheism itself, logically demands that I distrust my brain, because it’s merely a cosmic accident -  evolved from a random, mindless and unguided process in the 1st place? I’ll donate $10,000 to a mutually agreeable charity for the 1 … [Read more...]

Monster on Sunday

There's a new hard rocking atheist band called Monster on Sunday. On Friday, August 7th at 7:00pm, they'll be at Ramona Mainstage with my friends, recording artist Shelly Segal and comedian Steve Hill. Seth Andrews told me he saw the band live in their home town of San Diego, and said they were amazing.  Steve and Tally Cass are something new, sort of a mom & pop metal band, and they're strident atheists.  I've had a chance to listen to their new album, and I'm happy to review my fa … [Read more...]

Debatable

I used to get a lot of challenges from anonymous internet nobodies wanting to debate me; not just to argue with me online, but to "call me out" in some public forum where they thought they could 'win' me.  I'll already argue with pretty much anyone as long as there is some indication that that person is being somewhat sincere and not just a troll out to waste my time. So how do you weed out the trolls?  I came up with this rule that I wouldn't debate anyone who nominates his or her self.  I'll on … [Read more...]

Comparing Secular Conferences

I've been booked for a different conference or convention or similar function almost every month for the last few years, and sometimes a couple in the same month.  Of the bigger, better ones repeated annually, I'd say the most 'posh' would be the American Humanist Association, particularly regarding their elegant banquets and choice of lavish hotels.  I've attended two of their national conventions, (in New Orleans and San Diego) but they never invited me to speak.  That's how posh they are!  Not … [Read more...]

‘scientist’?

Someone I don't know tweeted this to me:Hello my friend Aron. What is your opinion about this short conversation between a Christian & a scientist: http://justpaste.it/Christ ?Not even an hour later, that person (called Bieber) posted "still waiting", as if I must be aware of the tweet, but that am perhaps intimidated or otherwise hesitant to respond.  I guess they think I live on Twitter and that I don't do or see anything else. I rarely even check it, because Twitter is NOT the place t … [Read more...]


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