Philosophy, Religion

You’re not an atheist, are you? (part 1)

It first happened in a Sunday school classroom at Central Baptist Church, some time around 1980ish. We were talking about the Noah’s Ark story, and some of the other kids were asking questions about how all the animals fit on the ark, and things like that. I was thinking it was pretty obvious that the… Continue reading You’re not an atheist, are you? (part 1)

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Philosophy, Religion

What if you’re wrong?

A few days ago, April 20, 2017, was National Ask an Atheist Day. The day is sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance, and is intended to be ... ... an opportunity for secular groups across the country to work together to defeat stereotypes about atheism and encourage courteous dialogue between believers and nonbelievers alike. The… Continue reading What if you’re wrong?

Psychology, Science

To be or not to not be, that is the question.

Are you a glass-is-half-full person or a glass-is-half-empty person? Aren't they the same thing? Could two phrases, with the exact same meaning but different word choice, elicit different responses? Here’s a game you can play that will tell you a little bit about how your brain works. The game is taken from Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman’s… Continue reading To be or not to not be, that is the question.

Politics

It’s Time We Graduated from the Electoral College

The 2016 US Presidential Election is now a few months behind us, and the hecticity level, to borrow a phrase from my dad, has all but dropped to zero. Yes, I’m aware that the shitstorm Presidency continues, but for now I’m just talking about the actual election process itself. Leading up to election day, and… Continue reading It’s Time We Graduated from the Electoral College