Thanks, Moe

Sometimes I hope I’m wrong.  One of those times was when I decided to be open about my mental illness.  I had hoped that there would not be Christians who would view my condition as an opportunity to snipe at me, as I thought they would, but would find common ground in that we can empathize [Read More...]

Eternal Reward

Christina here…   Eternal Reward Hey. Will you walk down the hall, down the stairs across the street to fetch me a newspaper and a soda? No. I’ll buy you a soda too. No? How about five bucks to go with your soda. Okay. The reward goes up you’re more likely to do what I [Read More...]

Critical thought and kids

Below is a guest post on parenting from sex blogger Kendra Holliday. Where Did I Go Right? My Heathen Daughter by Kendra Holliday, of The Beautiful Kind I didn’t become atheist until I was 12, when I dropped my baby sister headfirst on a hardwood floor and realized that praying wasn’t going to save her [Read More...]

WWJTD NCAA bracket group!

It’s March Madness!  On you can fill out a virtual bracket and join a group to compete against your friends.  There is a group, WWJTD, where Michaelyn and I have entered our brackets (along with a bracket we each filled by flipping a coin). I hate John Calipari.  Ed Brayton is sensible when he [Read More...]

Review of de Botton

Alain de Botton is touring around speaking at various places.  He’ll be at the University of Kansas (where Michaelyn goes to school) this weekend and I hope the atheist communities in and around Lawrence show up to hold his feet to the fire in the Q&A. Anyway, he was in Philadelphia last week where Shaun [Read More...]

Mental illness update

While we’re on the subject of mental health, I’ve had a lot of people asking how I’ve been doing.  Well, here’s an update on my end. I’m doing well.  My episodes for the last few months have been mild and unworthy of report, quite a difference from what they were even up to the end [Read More...]

I have Drugs! an update.

Hey everyone! Christina here. I’ve spend the last month and a half since being prescribed drugs testing them out, and I’m happy to report fairly positive results. Last time I wrote about mental illness, my psychiatrist prescribed Lexapro and Wellbutrin for depression/anxiety/depersonalization. Part of me doesn’t want to bore you with the details, but here [Read More...]

I see dumb people.

DrB- I like starting out with a picture. Think it would work? Probably not. But I laughed, and then read the article below, and got depressed. There is quirk of the brain called the Dunning-Kruger effect, The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which the unskilled suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability [Read More...]

Allie, of Hyperbole and a Half, re-emerges

Late last year I wrote a blog about Allie, the author of Hyperbole and a Half.  She had posted on depression and several people had sent it to me because they felt it was uplifting.  Allie herself had described many of the reactions to her depression as a form of liberation from her depression. I [Read More...]

Help make the lives of atheist teens easier

In my capacity as high school organizer with the Secular Student Alliance I have been working for the last several months on a project called Secular Safe Zone.  It’s a means by which teachers can make it apparent that their classroom is a place where equality for non-believers is expected.  It will also identify that [Read More...]

Nathalie is back

Nathalie Rothschild, who doesn’t think you should come out for the Reason Rally, got spanked pretty hard after her last salvo both on various blogs and in the comments of the article itself.  Well, she’s back and traipsing along the same lines.  Credit to her for having the moxy to venture out again.  Demerits for [Read More...]

I'm a goat

Atheists live cold, terrible, miserable lives. Michaelyn and the little one are undoubtedly thinking about how this is all meaningless without believing someone rose from the dead 2,000 years ago. The only heavens are the ones we make in this world.  It’s a pity when people lose out on a moment of heaven in this [Read More...]

Motive guessing at my dad

My father is back to jumping on people in the forums of his local newspaper.  If this happened more often, if there were accountability for saying silly things with conviction, I’d wager we’d see it slow down. STUART RIDLING says, “…what all religions have in common is a choice in belief as well as the [Read More...]

Atheists and Sunday mornings

This morning I sent my father a section from a blog I’m writing of which I was particularly proud.  He wrote back… Nice to see you with your nose to the blog grindstone so bright and early on a Sunday morning. Kind of makes me sad, though, that when someone says they will get eternal [Read More...]