NEW STAR TREK TRAILER

Star Trek Into Darkness

I was raised on Star Trek. It is a fine set of explicitly Humanist parables. It was my family’s Bible. There is a new movie coming out. ‘Nuff said.   [Read more...]

James the Giant Croft – Google Alerts Me Of My Nemesis

James Croft Evangelist

Google Alerts is a wonderful service which sends me an email every time “James Croft” appears on a website, in a news article, etc. I find it extremely useful as it allows me to track where there are blogposts about my work which require immediate attention ( =P ). Sometimes though – since I am [Read More...]

Responsible Writing

Dialogue

It’s strange what catches the attention. What I thought was a rather innocuous and boringly-balanced post on the strengths and weaknesses of Rebecca Watson’s recent talk at Skepticon 5 has sparked a barrage of commentary, not all of it flattering to yours truly. Most of the criticism seems to be along the following lines: “You are being [Read More...]

Buy All the Things! – The Center for Inquiry Has a New Store!

CfI Mug

The Center for Inquiry, one of my favorite organizations working to promote science, reason, and secular values, has a new store and it looks great. Make sure to check the store for holiday gifts for the godless heathens in your life. Highlights include: The beautiful CfI coffee mug, with which you can “let people know [Read More...]

Responsible Reading

Dialogue

I’ve been thinking about something for a while. What I’ve been thinking is this: that readers have responsibilities as well as writers. More precisely, effective communication is not entirely the responsibility of an author or speaker: the people reading a work, or in the audience of a talk, also have responsibilities they must meet if the encounter [Read More...]

What Inspires You?

Hope

I love inspiration: I think it’s one of the most important and underrated aspects of human experience. That sense you get when something wonderful, something amazing takes your breath away, drops your jaw and makes you go “Wow!” I find inspiration in many things: art, theatre, music, the natural world, the fantastic discoveries of science, [Read More...]

Shining Eyes, Clear Heads – Self-Help Without the Bullshit

Hope

I have a confession to make: when I was a teenager I was enthralled by motivational speakers. I was visited with this affliction after Ben Zander (a Boston-based orchestra conductor and musician) descended upon my high school and brought me to tears with his inspiring exhortation always to “radiate possibility” rather than “spiral downward”. I [Read More...]


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