Monthly Archives: November 2010

Rest easy: Mohammad existed

Radio Netherlands Worldwide just posted a curious article: the historical evidence supports the proposition that Mohammad existed.  Frankly, I wasn’t aware that there was any significant controversy over the historicity of Mohammad.  Sure, a great deal (if not most) of … Continue reading

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Podcast #109 – War on Christmas Special

Wow, this year there really is a War on Christmas!  Nineteen-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Somali immigrant, has been arrested for his involvement in plotting to car-bomb the Portland, Oregon Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.  Fortunately it was all part of … Continue reading

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The Moral Landscape, Chapter 5: The Future of Happiness

Chapter-by-chapter thoughts on Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values Summary:  As imperfect as it may be, scientific study of morality and human happiness is worthwhile. This is a short book: less than 200 pages, not … Continue reading

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The Moral Landscape, Chapter 4: Religion

Chapter-by-chapter thoughts on Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values Summary:  Religion, being non-facts-based, is counterproductive to creating a proper moral framework. Yes, the 400-pound gorilla in the room.  Although America is conspicuously more religious than … Continue reading

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The Moral Landscape, Chapter 3: Belief

Chapter-by-chapter thoughts on Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values Summary: Belief, to be legitimate, must be constrained by facts.  Honest belief is not a matter of personal preference. Whole books have been written on what … Continue reading

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The Moral Landscape, Chapter 2: Good and Evil

Chapter-by-chapter thoughts on Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values Summary: Human morality must balance cooperation and selfishness.  Free will is an illusion, but it doesn’t obliterate our ability to make decisions that improve our well-being. … Continue reading

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Mencken’s Creed

I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind – that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking. … Continue reading

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Megachurch minister comes out of the closet

Jim Swilley, twice-married father of four, and founder/pastor of Church in the Now, a suburban Atlanta megachurch, has admitted that he is gay.  He’s come out of the closet to his flock, and he’s keeping his job (for now) and … Continue reading

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FCKH8

Okay, maybe I’m a little late on this, but it’s still a good cause, and I laughed at the video: FCKH8.com Straight Talk About Gay Marriage from FCKH8.com on Vimeo.

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Podcast #108 – Rally to Restore Sanity

Here’s our report recorded LIVE, Saturday, October 30th, from somewhere very near the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.  The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ atheists gang aft agley, and pilgrimages to the power center of the earth are … Continue reading

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