March 21, 2018

My post a few days ago regarding physicist and sexual predator Lawrence Krauss, unsurprisingly, inspired a horde of faux-skeptic men to rush to his defense, and attempts to redefine skepticism, or to somehow muddy the waters regarding the acceptable criteria for “evidence”. Most of these reactions were simply trolls, but some were more respectable and concerned my definition of skepticism or evidence, assuming that those arguments were made in good faith. Some people have a pretty far-fetched definition of skepticism… Read more

March 17, 2018

Lawrence Krauss is a sexual predator, and if you are reluctant to believe this you are a bad skeptic, who ignores evidence. Read more

February 9, 2018

Exploring the Favorites is a series of posts on this blog which will explore my favorite pieces of media, from books, films, games, music, etc. It’s not meant to be a review of criticism, but simply state how I connected with the work on a personal level. Be warned that there will be spoilers. This week, we’re focusing on Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. “Violence in art doesn’t hurt anyone. That’s the great thing about it. When I create a… Read more

December 16, 2017

Sisters are at the risk of being deported back to Saudi Arabia, facing a vengeful abusive family and governmental punishment. Read more

December 9, 2017

I’m pleased and honored to announce that I have contributed one article to the book Not Seeing God: Atheism in the 21st Century, edited by my friend and fantastic skeptic Jonathan MS Pearce of A Tippling Philosopher. This is what the book is about, according to Pearce: There are some 24 writers from the ranks of Patheos Nonreligious and they have all done their bit to make this project a really good looking, good feeling, and intellectually stimulating affair. There is… Read more

November 3, 2017

When you deconvert as a member of a deeply religious society, betrayal is the main feeling you associate with the process. Read more

October 5, 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro is a great and deserving author who transcends our arbitrary cultural and literary boundaries, thus deserving of his Nobel. Read more

October 5, 2017

Rouhani deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the Iran deal and a lifetime of advocating for diplomacy in Iranian politics. Read more

October 4, 2017

A literary prize serves two possible purposes for someone like me, who’s a lover of literature. First, it can help you find out new authors/books you should read. Second, it can make you feel good when your favorite author wins a prize. Since I have begun following the Nobel Prize in Literature seriously (which was in 2005), it has sometimes satisfied the second need, but not the first, so far. Let’s tally the winners: Harold Pinter, Doris Lessing, Mario Vargas Llosa, Tomas Tranströmer, Alice… Read more

August 7, 2017

A number of days ago, I asked the readers of this to sign a “Pro-Truth Pledge”, one that I had also signed. I gave you my reasons for signing the pledge, which included a broad commitment to the truth and critical thinking. That is a commitment I still find worthy. Of course, you might say that the pledge was too broad and generalized to be useful, but I disagree. It’s true that no one says “I don’t believe in truth”,… Read more

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