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|Archived Since:||October 26, 2010|
I found out this week that my books have been getting ratings and reviews on Goodreads, without any prompting or even knowledge on my part, which is pretty cool. So, I now have an author page on Goodreads, which you can use to shower accolades upon my literary endeavors. (Or just add me as a [Read More...]
Just what makes people think they have a right to benefit from the natural resources of their country?
I really liked this article on Salon showcasing two-sentence horror stories written by professional authors. Notwithstanding the current popularity of blood-and-guts horror (more of an appeal to disgust than to fear, I’ve always thought), a good horror story is always scariest because of what it implies, not of what it reveals, and this challenge just [Read More...]
Next Tuesday, voters in Virginia will choose their state’s next governor. After months of hard-fought campaigning, the race is clearly tilting in favor of the Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe, and against Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli. As recently as May, Cuccinelli was ahead in the polls, but the most recent poll shows that McAuliffe has taken [Read More...]
I read apologetics books every so often just to keep in practice, and this week I’m tackling Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God. So far, I’m supremely unimpressed: it’s mostly just reheated C.S. Lewis leftovers (seriously, his answer to almost every question is a quote of Lewis), spiced with that old apologist standby, blatant dishonesty [Read More...]
I don’t know a lot about R&B or hip-hop, but I know what I like, and since discovering Janelle Monáe a few weeks ago I’ve been well and truly addicted. In any case, Monáe is almost impossible to pigeonhole. R&B is only the broadest description of her music, which spans a wide variety of styles [Read More...]
Cold-blooded murder in the name of capitalism is A-OK.
As a born-and-raised New Yorker, I reserve the right to make fun of New Jersey every so often, but this week I have nothing but congratulations for my neighbors in the Garden State: As couples across New Jersey began marrying on Monday after the stroke of midnight, Gov. Chris Christie abandoned his long fight against [Read More...]
As I previously mentioned, I’m going to be speaking at the upcoming monthly meeting of NYC Atheists on Thursday, October 31. Yes, on Halloween! I’ll be giving my very spooky talk on how it’s possible to be good without gods (well, the idea seems to frighten some people). I’m told you can come in costume [Read More...]
Since I started reading Atlas Shrugged, I’ve become interested in libertarian theories of how the state should operate. Like many libertarian writers, Rand is full of outrage against the intrusive laws of Big Government, but the book ends when that society collapses. She says very little about the new society that’s going to take its [Read More...]
State-funded science has never invented anything useful, except space flight, nuclear power, GPS, and the Internet.
As reported by Against the New Taboo, the magazine Popular Science announced last month that they’re shutting off comments on new articles. Popular Science’s post cited research on “the nasty effect“, which found that hostile comments contribute to a polarized and dogmatic reaction from readers on both sides, impeding rather than advancing understanding. The way [Read More...]
I’ve just gotten back from a vacation in Europe, where the news coverage of the ongoing American government shutdown vacillates between incredulous amusement and horror at the depths of dysfunction to which our country has sunk. (Then again, I was in Belgium, which still holds the world record for the longest span of time without [Read More...]
[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from January 2011.] I was tipped off to this excellent essay by a reader (thanks, bbk, even if it was unintentional!) and since it got buried in the comments on the other thread, I wanted to call [Read More...]
[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from March 2010.] Sam Harris is famous for the argument that religion, even moderate religion, does harm by teaching that faith is a virtue that should not be questioned, which encourages militant and violent strains of fundamentalism. [Read More...]
[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from June 2008.] One of the most persistent misconceptions about atheism is that, if there is no supernatural soul and human beings are made merely of atoms and molecules, then our lives would be deprived of meaning. [Read More...]
[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from October 2007.] I stepped out of my house today on a chilly fall afternoon. After an unseasonably late warm spell, as if summer had lingered this year past its appointed time, autumn had arrived at last. [Read More...]
[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from December 2006.] When I was a child, I read and devoured C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia books. I was too young then to understand most of the religious symbolism, and didn’t realize that Lewis had intended [Read More...]
[Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from June 2006.] Earlier tonight I received a highly amusing e-mail whose author seemed confident that I would cease to be an atheist if I performed a magical ritual of their devising. I don’t normally post feedback [Read More...]
This week, the U.S. government shut down for the first time in 17 years, thanks to intransigent House Republicans who refused to pass a budget unless it included provisions to gut or delay the Affordable Care Act. Ironically, this is the same day that the new health insurance exchanges opened for business, since they’re funded [Read More...]