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Yes, it has been awhile… January 11, 2008

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So my first venture into the world of blogging was less than stellar. I let my discipline lapse and then life took over and viola I haven’t posted in months. But here I am checking in again and maybe getting my butt in gear. Just hope I can come up with opinions strong enough to provoke some writing.

That’s really what it takes for me. The day to day thoughts and ideas don’t seem worth blogging about. But if I have to get over that if I want to make blogging a day to day activity. But the problem is that when blogging, by definition the entire internet is at my fingertips. Reading is a lot easier then writing. I easily get drawn into the writings and discussions of others and lose my will to bother writing up my own thoughts.

Oh well this ramble is done. What are the odds I post again this month? 🙂

Humanism, a first look July 27, 2007

Posted by Joe in atheism, belief, ethics, freethought, Humanism, life, morality, politics, skepticism.
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I do not wish to define myself by what I am not. This is my largest problem with the term atheist. It is a statement of something I do not believe, but really doesn’t say anything more than that. So I am seriously looking into Humanism for the first time.

If you have any experience or knowledge of Humanism, please share.

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Funerals July 26, 2007

Posted by Joe in agnosticism, atheism, belief, Christianity, ethics, freethought, god, life, morality, religion, theism.
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Funerals are often religious affairs. This is understandable considering how much religions tend to concern themselves with what happens after death. After all if there is no afterlife there isn’t much point in religion. The last two times I have been in churches it has been for funerals.

The last was a Catholic funeral for an uncle of mine. This was not so bad. The most interesting aspect was how medieval it all was. It felt like it could have been going on 600 years ago and little would be different expect the dress of the attendees. The church was aware that many present were not members and did not proselytize nor expect nonmembers to participate in religious rituals.

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On Writing Blogs July 23, 2007

Posted by Joe in blogs, internet, life.
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My blog writing has slowed considerably. Which is sad because I was never very prolific to begin with.

There are many things that I find interesting and sometimes get the hankering to write something about, but then when I sit down to actually do it I find I have very little to say that hasn’t already been said better than I could write it.

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The Demon-Haunted World June 18, 2007

Posted by Joe in agnosticism, atheism, belief, books, creationism, ethics, evolution, fallacy, freethought, god, language, life, media, NASA, politics, psychology, reading, religion, science, skepticism, space exploration, theism.
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It’s been more than I decade since Carl Sagan wrote A Demon-haunted World: Science as a candle in the dark, But even as I reread it today its message is as timely as ever. The survival of our way of life depends entirely our scientific knowledge and how we apply it. Yet we have created a society where the vast majority have no knowledge of the methods or findings of science and no knowledge of how the technology they use everyday actually works.

Furthermore we have media and politicians that present everyday anti-science attitudes, watered down and pop-culture simplifications of science, and present pseudo-science uncritically.

Everyone should read this book; theist or atheist; “evolutionist” or creationist. Whatever your stripe you will get something out of it and enjoy the trip.

Carl Sagan explains what makes science the best way we have to know what is:

Some people consider science arrogant, nevertheless, I maintain that science is part and parcel humility. Scientists do not seek to impose their needs and wants on Nature, but instead humbly interrogate Nature and take seriously what they find. We understand human imperfection. We insist on independent and to the extent possible, quantitative verification of proposed tenets of belief. We are constantly prodding, challenging, seeking contradictions or small persistent residual errors, proposing alternative explanations, encouraging heresy. We give our highest rewards to those who convincingly disprove established beliefs.