I Understand Religion

How do we know we are angry? I guess a blood pressure cuff might help and a brain scan at the time of anger where we could see the different parts of the brain go active. What about sad? How do we know we are sad? I guess we cry sometimes, or we ignore things…

GOD, God, god…this post is not about God

An Intro, Not mandatory, but helpful…the story is below. So the title is for search engine hits. It just so happens, God is a popular keyword that simple-minded people type in as if God were to be found on the Internet. He/She/It won’t be found on the Internet because that idea is fiction. That Idea…

Why God? or Why, god?

In language, we use sentence stoppers, symbols to indicate a pause in speech and thought, and variations of appearance to stress different kinds of importance. If I ask the question, Why, God? I will hear nothing. If I ask a completely different question, why god? I will hear many different things. I only lost a…

Life, I Love You…

I know I haven’t called, and I don’t write you much, but I think of you all the time. I am utterly fascinated by the things you have provided, and the pains you have caused. I try to find meaning in all that you do, for myself mostly, but for others too, and I think…

Atheism verse Theism: A misuse of Labels

God is an emotion. A human emotion. We humans like to label our emotions. That feeling of anxiety when we perceive unfairness, we call anger. That feeling of an invisible weight that follows a loss, we call morning—temporary sadness. That feeling of floating and oneness that we experience during sex, we call elation. We label…

Do you Feel ‘It’, or do I think ‘It’?

What are we arguing about? The faith-filled claim (like a Krispy Crème doughnut) that they ‘feel’ some god’s love is this: their god is touching them and not touching you/me, whomever. It is their god and not some other lessor god of course—that would be creepy. Like a pedi-pastorial-pass or something for gods not Catholics.…

The Difficulty of Free Thought

Are we really Freethinkers? I have not read the book, but I have listened to his lecture on Free Will and read a few rebuttals on the subject. I have also considered this topic for some time prior to Sam Harris’s evidence-based claim that free will is a myth. I realize there are serious implications if…

A Socratic Dialogue: Part Two

Part Two Slightly frustrated and with a full bladder, Nancy excuses herself to the toilet seeking refuge from the mind-numbing inquiry. After a few minutes of refreshing her mind and relieving her bladder, she feels fully prepared to re-engage Sid. -Nancy: The past existed, the present exists, and the future will exist. I know the…

A Socratic Dialogue: Part One

Part One A café conversation between two friends: -Sid: Do you believe the future exists? -Nancy: No, I believe it will happen, but it doesn’t exist yet. -S: Okay. What about the past? -N: It is over. It no longer exists. It has expired. -S: So then, all that is real is the present? -N: In a sense, yes. The…

Laws of the Universe

True Detective “What’s it say about life? You gotta get together, tell yourselves stories that violate every law of the Universe, just to get through the day? What’s that say about your reality…?” Russ—True Detective.