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Atlas Shrugged: Antiheroism

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter VI I’ve been contemplating the concept of the antihero in literature. It’s always struck me as an odd term. Just going by etymology, you’d think it meant the opposite of a hero, but it doesn’t. All it means is a different kind of hero – someone who has more obvious [Read More...]

Beware the Man Who Knows One Thing

OK, let me admit this first and get it out of the way: I used to be a big fan of Scott Adams. In the early 2000s, I regularly read Adams’ Dilbert strip and subscribed to his newsletter, “Dogbert’s New Ruling Class“. I signed up for the jokes, but in retrospect, what I overlooked was [Read More...]

Some Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

This summer, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts staged a “Kimono Wednesdays” event where visitors were invited to don the traditional Japanese garb and pose with a Claude Monet painting of his wife wearing a kimono. But the museum was taken aback when protestors showed up in force, accusing the event of perpetuating dehumanizing “exotification” [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: December 13

• An editorial on Charisma News accuses atheists of “the height of intolerance” for, basically, existing during the Christmas season. • Mormon Feminists on the Brink: The LDS church has a long record of fierce and diehard opposition to feminism. Their resistance to LGBT rights is well in line with the church’s reactionary history. • [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Randian Fidelity

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter V In her days as a Hollywood screenwriter, Ayn Rand met and later married an actor named Frank O’Connor, apparently for no reason other than that he was classically handsome and fit her conception of what an ideal man should look like. O’Connor was never a household name, and his [Read More...]

What the Bible Gets Wrong About Hymens

I appreciated this subversively feminist video from College Humor debunking myths about the hymen (SFW, anatomical talk but no explicit imagery): Watching this made me think of the infamous Old Testament law that decrees what to do if a man suspects the bride he purchased of not being a virgin on her wedding night: “If [Read More...]

The Case for Prayer-Shaming

In the aftermath of yet another horrific mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, this one apparently committed by a Muslim couple inspired by ISIS, the Daily News ran this amazing front page: An early look at tomorrow’s front page… GOD...Show More Summary

SF/F Saturday: Jessica Jones

I have a new favorite show to recommend: Marvel’s Jessica Jones, just released in its entirety on Netflix. It’s technically a superhero show, but unlike any superhero show I’ve ever seen before. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a private eye living in the New York City neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. She doesn’t look intimidating, but [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Damn the Humanitarians

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter V Dagny is at a formal dinner with Jim and the other influential looters, since that’s where all major policy decisions are made now. The collapse of civilization is barreling toward them like a freight train, and everyone in the room knows it, but the bad guys are carefully avoiding [Read More...]

I’ll Say It Again: Richard Dawkins Doesn’t Speak For Me

I haven’t written until now about Ahmed Mohamed, the gifted Texas teenager who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school to show off his engineering prowess. Ahmed’s teachers claimed that they thought the device was a bomb, but it’s obvious that the real reason for their absurd overreaction was racism and xenophobia (Ahmed [Read More...]

Christian Terrorism in Colorado

You probably don’t need me to fill in the details of the latest shooting rampage in gun-sick America. This time, the target was a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. After a multi-hour gun battle with police, the attacker was captured alive, but not before he’d killed a police officer and two civilians. By now, these [Read More...]

Friday Night Music: The War on Drugs

When I want to get in the mood for writing, I listen to music that helps energize me. But when I’m feeling the need to relax, I prefer to space out with something mellow, and The War on Drugs fits the bill. Here’s one of my favorites from their 2014 breakthrough album Lost in the [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Big Soy

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter V With d’Anconia Copper gone and the last few copper mines in the U.S. perishing for lack of machinery and spare parts, it’s become almost impossible for Hank to keep making Rearden Metal. But as he tells Dagny, a bigger problem is looming. He’s been selling as much metal as [Read More...]

A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 15

This is part 15 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hi Andrew, I think Haidt’s work on the five foundations of morality has a lot of validity, although I’d argue that the conservative, “beehive” values tend to work better in [Read More...]

In Defense of Radical Individualism

Conservative Christians are still grappling with the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage this summer. It’s sinking in that Obergefell was just the starkest example of how they no longer enjoy the absolute cultural power they once held, and that, as younger generations become more secular, their influence will keep dwindling. Some are reaching for [Read More...]

Weekend Coffee: CRISPR

For decades, we’ve understood the structure and function of DNA. But this immensely powerful knowledge has led to surprisingly few practical breakthroughs. Our ability to alter the genomes of living things has been painfully limited, progress frustratingly slow and elusive. However, that all may be about to change, thanks to a new technology taken from [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Job Creators

Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter V Hank Rearden has moved to Philadelphia, seemingly to live on the grounds of his steel mill, and hasn’t seen or spoken to his family in months. But he’s still paying their bills, which makes no sense given his attitude at this point. He decided two chapters ago that he [Read More...]

The Astounding Hypocrisy of Anti-Refugee Christians

With the Syrian civil war plodding through its fourth year, the country is being hollowed out as everyone who has the means to escape flees from the bloodshed. Ordinary Syrians are trapped in a vise between the indiscriminate brutality of Bashar al-Assad’s military and the sadistic terror of ISIS. The United Nations estimates that over [Read More...]

The Mormons’ Great Leap Backward

Earlier this year, I wrote about about how the Mormon church laudably apologized for its past racism, yet its leaders were repeating the errors of history by continuing to insist on anti-LGBT discrimination. Well, the next chapter of that story has just been written: In a major policy announcement, The Church of Jesus Christ of [Read More...]

Photo Sunday: Peace, Light, Strength

I wanted to write about something else this weekend. Instead, I spent my Friday night sitting by the TV, watching the news from Paris, mesmerized and grief-stricken by yet another proof of human beings’ capacity for inhumanity. And while it didn’t get as much world notice or media coverage, there was also a deadly string [Read More...]

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