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Dark Heart Now Available For Free!

Happy Halloween! Because it’s the season for tricks and treats, I’ve got one to offer. For a brief time only, I’m making my first novel, DARK HEART, available for free. It’s a fantasy epic set in a world where mortals rose up, overthrew the old gods and took their places, only to find that divinity [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Horseshoe Theory

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter IV Here’s this chapter summarized in two sentences: Jim Taggart’s wife Cherryl finds out that he’s not the great businessman she thought he was, but one of the worst of the looters, and that he married her for the sadistic pleasure of crushing her spirit. In despair, she commits suicide. [Read More...]

On Moral Superheroism

I have thoughts about this essay in the Guardian about extreme altruism, seen through the life of an atheist named Julia Wise: Julia believed that because each person was equally valuable, she was not entitled to care more for herself than for anyone else; she believed that she was therefore obliged to spend much of [Read More...]

Movie Review: The Martian

Content note: Contains some spoilers. It says something about our era that so many of the most popular movies and TV shows are grim, depressing stories of disaster and dystopia. Is it a reflection of the popular mood? A sign that we’ve lost hope in ourselves and our ability to achieve great things? Why are [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Full Disclosure

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter III Almost as soon as Dagny returns to work, Jim comes to her in a panic. He insists she appear on the radio that night, on a talk show hosted by Bertram Scudder, to reassure the people that she hasn’t quit and that she believes the government’s policies are working. [Read More...]

What Is the Economy For, Anyway?

The Guardian ran a column on a group of unsung heroes: the therapists to the super-rich, whose job it is to help their clients deal with the stress and strain of having all that money. According to one of them, Clay Cockrell: “I shifted toward it naturally,” he said of his becoming an expert in [Read More...]

The White Man Non-Culpability Squad

There was some rare good news on the sexual-harassment front last week, with the news that Geoff Marcy has resigned. Marcy is a scientific pioneer in the field of exoplanet astronomy, who’s often been mentioned as a potential Nobel laureate. He’s also long been trailed by rumors of inappropriate, predatory behavior toward women. According to [Read More...]

From the Mailbag: Minds Do Change

Changing your mind about the belief system that’s defined your life is a rare occurrence, one that demands an uncommon degree of courage and intellectual honesty. For obvious reasons, it’s something that atheist bloggers don’t expect to see too often, even if most of us would say that helping it happen is the whole purpose [Read More...]

Friday Night Music: The Shade

Following up on the theme of their last album, 2012?s Synthetica, Metric delves deeper into a retro electronic-and-neon, 1980s-arcade-inspired sound and aesthetic on their new release, Pagans in Vegas. It comes off as cold and artificial on a first listen, and most of it took me a while to warm up to (especially “Cascades“). But [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: A Most Mundane Resurrection

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter III The sky had the stagnant breath of a furnace and the streets of New York were like pipes running, not with air and light, but with melted dust. Dagny stood on a street corner, where the airport bus had left her, looking at the city in passive astonishment. The [Read More...]

Against Religious Fatalism

Last month, construction was in progress at the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, the holiest mosque in Islam, when a heavy crane collapsed in high winds and crashed through the roof of the mosque. Over a hundred pilgrims were killed and almost 400 were hurt or trapped beneath falling debris. An employee of the Saudi Binladen [Read More...]

New on AlterNet: 10 More Lessons from Atlas Shrugged

My latest column is now up on AlterNet, “10 Things I Discovered About Ayn Rand’s Addled Brain After Reading ‘Atlas Shrugged’“. It summarizes ten more of the very important political and moral lessons I’ve learned over the last year reviewing part II of Atlas Shrugged. Read the excerpt below, then click through to see the [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: October 11

• eBible Fellowship, a Christian group with ties to Harold Camping, predicted the world would end on October 7. Oops! After the date came and went, they put up a defiant post in which they conceded their error, yet insisted the world is still going to burn in hell anyway. (Here’s a graphic of some [Read More...]

SF/F Saturday: The Culture

For all its virtues, Star Trek was a series that often failed to do justice to its own ideas. We’re told that Starfleet is just one small part of a vast, advanced utopian civilization, but that means that the settings and characters of the various TV shows were atypical representatives of the Federation. We only [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Guns and Butter

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter III Now that we’ve finished our tour of Galt’s Gulch, we’re back in the outside world with Dagny. From this point on, Atlas Shrugged is less of an economic-philosophical diatribe and more of a straightforward adventure story, so I anticipate that the rest of the book will go quicker. But [Read More...]

New on the Guardian: Atheists Fighting for Choice

You may detect a theme this week. My latest column on the Guardian is up: “Abortion opposition is a religious stance. Atheists must help fight for choice“. Under an onslaught of anti-choice legislation, abortion rights in the U.S. are threatened as never before. But an ally is beckoning from an unexpected quarter: in spite of [Read More...]

The Stingless Sting: The Absurd Attack on Planned Parenthood

The latest religious-right attack on abortion rights is a set of undercover videos made by an anti-choice group calling itself the Center for Medical Progress. Posing as potential buyers for a medical research firm, they tried to get Planned Parenthood officials to accept illegal payments in exchange for tissue samples from aborted fetuses. (Profiting from [Read More...]

I Get Religious Mail: Bibles, Not Peace

The flow of religious junk mail in my mailbox seems to be accelerating. Here’s the latest, a begging letter from the American Bible Society. (Click for larger.) The thrust of this solicitation is that American soldiers deployed abroad desperately want to read Bibles, but somehow can’t get any – a near-certain falsehood to begin with, [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Motive Power

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter II Francisco’s copper mine in Galt’s Gulch, even though it has super-advanced mining robots to replace human laborers, still depends on mule carts to carry his ore. It’s not because his inventive genius petered out at the entrance to the mine; it’s because Rand’s characters, following the invisible law of [Read More...]

Blood Moon Lunacy, or the Virtue of Vagueness

On Sunday night, I went out to see the “super blood moon” eclipse. It was a clear autumn night, and I got a good view of the Earth’s shadow spreading across the Moon, like a dark slice taken out of a white sea. When the eclipse reached totality, the Moon’s face dimmed to a ruddy [Read More...]

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