PERSONAL: Taking off for the day.

Hey all.  I feel bad after being gone all weekend, but today’s therapy session was pretty intense.  I’m, frankly, in no condition to keep reading the news today and can’t really find the motivation.  I’m going to take some time and see you all tomorrow. Leave happiness in the comments. [Read more...]

Quick thoughts on “the will to power.”

The speaker at Oasis on Sunday, an ex-clergy, alluded to the frequently used apologist line “life is either about the power of love or the love of power.”  More frequently you’ll hear it as “without god, all that’s left is the will to power.”  I was glad he was at Oasis and don’t want to take [Read More...]

EMAILS: Does anybody have tips on secular homeschooling?

I got this message today: Do you know anyone who is knowledgeable in secular homeschooling? My friends son has Aspberger’s and the bullying has become physical on top of mental. He wants to pull him out of school but is confused on how to go about homeschooling. Geez, that sucks.  High school can be brutal, [Read More...]

KC Oasis: One Year Strong

One year ago, almost to the day, we launched Kansas City Oasis out of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition (KCAC). It was the culmination of six months of intense planning, coaching from Mike Aus of Houston Oasis, fund-raising, blood, sweat, tears, elbow grease, fast food, and late night meetings. It was worth it. All of [Read More...]

ATHEISM: Atheist Ireland denounces PZ Myers.

I see on Hemant’s blog that Atheist Ireland has formally disassociated itself from blogger PZ Myers. Atheist Ireland is publicly dissociating itself from the hurtful and dehumanising, hateful and violent, unjust and defamatory rhetoric of the atheist blogger PZ Myers. The final of many, many straws were his latest smear that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is ‘happily [Read More...]

Free Will via Word Games

I haven’t hidden the fact that I consider myself a “determinist”, when it comes to free will. It seems to me that the difference between my position, and the “compatibilist”, is largely one of definitions, and we actually essentially hold the same position. What they call “free will” I call deterministic decision making. That’s not [Read More...]

Stopping off in Arkansas.

Hey everybody.  We stayed with my parents last night and will be making the rest of the trip home today: It’s so peaceful after a crazy conference, which I’ve been at since Wednesday.  I have so much I want to talk about, but for now I just want to get some rest, have a beer [Read More...]

Just checking in, and an excerpt from my talk tonight.

Hey everybody.  I’m having a blast here in Memphis.  I’ve met some really cool fans and a slew of readers of the blog.  The debate workshop with Matt Dillahunty and Jamilla Bey was a real hoot and tonight I give my talk. Here’s an excerpt from a section where I’m talking about the RFRA in [Read More...]

Your Morning Memphis Happiness- Husky Edition

I’ve been assured the convention in Memphis is going well…. so the location gives me an opportunity to introduce a certain husky from a channel I’ve followed for years…. Memphis Belle… [Read more...]

PERSONAL: I’m in Memphis.

I am at the American Atheist convention in Memphis.  I’ve already bumped into Russell Glasser from the Atheist Experience and had a few drinks with him and some other gents (and ladies) including David Fitzgerald, Dana Fredsti, Frank Zindler, and this really cool tech guy named Randy. Here I am making my move on Russell: [Read More...]