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…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: Today’s session.

You’d think for somebody with overpowering body issues the presence of attractive people of the opposite sex (for a straight bloke like me) making strong moves on me would help fix things. That happened this last weekend.  Twice.  And it didn’t. In both cases I just got distracted and paranoid.  I felt inadequate the moment [Read More…]

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APPEARANCES: My interview with Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Here’s the episode of Dogma Debate where I took over to interview Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu from Mystery Science Theater 3000.  The actual interview starts at 52:22: I can tell that I’m nervous, but I thought the pacing was pretty good.  Overall I was happy, even if I was shaking for an hour after [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Ted Cruz’ first ad. Oh, and he wants to strip the federal courts of their power so they can’t let gays marry.

Ted Cruz has his first political ad out and it’s exactly what you’d expect. Is he running for preacher or for President?  That’s a mystery. And if Ted wasn’t Christian he’d have been raised without a dad?  I…what?  You know what?  It doesn’t even matter.  Right wingers are going to see this video and hear, [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: Why public businesses have to serve the public – all of it.

I came across this article in the Arkansas Times titled “Partners.”  These two paragraphs from it are magical: See those taxpayer-subsidized power lines running to that restaurant? See all that fresh, clean water running out of the taps? See the sewer lines running away from that restaurant, to the fragrant wastewater treatment plant at the [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Jeb Bush could become the first Hispanic President.

And here comes a flood of people to the comments section to tell me, “JEB BUSH ISN’T HISPANIC!  WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU???” You know, I didn’t think he was Hispanic, but that’s apparently how he identified on his 2009 voter-registration form: There is little doubt that Jeb Bush possesses strong credentials for appealing to Hispanic [Read More…]

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FAITH & HIGH SCHOOL: Georgia middle school teacher tells students their parents aren’t real Christians if they support Obama.

Hum dee dum dum, what’s the first article I open say? A Georgia teacher told her middle school students that if their parents support President Obama they aren’t real Christians. Then she wanted the kids to prove their Christianity to her. Wait, what?  Welcome home, me… Nancy Perry is somehow still an employee at Dublin [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Lovey cats.

I’m back!  I slept so much and I’m ready to get back at it. To get us started off right, here’s proof that cats can feel love: I’ll be out mid-day as I had to move my appointment with my therapist to today at noon.  For now though, let’s see what lovely things happened in [Read More…]

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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…]

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APPEARANCES: I’m taking over Dogma Debate tonight at #AACon15 to interview part of the cast of MST3K!

David Smalley, the host of Dogma Debate, has asked me if I will take the mic of Dogma Debate’s live broadcast tonight from the American Atheists Convention to interview Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff from Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Beaulieu played Dr. Clayton Forrester and provided the voice of Crow while Conniff played Forrester’s henchman, [Read More…]

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Update and pics from #AACon15. MST3K cast members were at my talk.

Ok, first things first: Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff from Mystery Science Theater 3000 were AT MY FUCKING TALK (for which I received a lengthy standing ovation from the entire crowd, save for one table)! Afterward I got Trace to do the voice of Crow telling my parents what a good job I did (guest [Read More…]

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A riddle

Before I head off to a mostly-secular Easter family gathering, I’ll leave you with this, which came across my Facebook feed: It occurred to me that it’s a riddle. How could it be that those who believe don’t need evidence/proof, but those who don’t, no amount of evidence/proof is possible? Because it’s false. If you’re believing [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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