It’s been nearly 4 years since I left the beliefs of my childhood behind. The dust has settled for the most part. I have long since developed a new perspective, a new philosophy, a new moral foundation. In many ways, arguably the most important ways, I am still the same person as I always was. […]Read more "What Remains"
I was thinking today about the times and places in which forgiveness is meaningful and/or appropriate. Here are the conclusions I came to… First off, I would like to explain what I define as “forgiveness.” Forgiveness, according to me, is state of mind that occurs when someone goes from feeling wronged by a person on […]Read more "Forgiveness as an Involuntary Mental State"
Note: I did not write this. Credit goes to Greta Christina, article taken directly from http://www.alternet.org. ………………………………………………………………………………………….. If you hang around the online atheist world long enough, you’ll notice an interesting pattern. Many religious and spiritual believers who engage with atheists seem very intent on getting atheists’ approval for their beliefs. Typically, these believers acknowledge […]Read more "Why Religious Believers Are So Desperate for the Atheist Seal of Approval"
The earliest Daoist writers described the Dao as an undifferentiated whole. It is all-encompassing, containing everything without distinction. It was from the Dao that all things came, and all things are contained within the oneness of the Dao. While modern thought has diverged from the thoughts of the ancients, there is still value in resurrecting […]Read more "Skepticism and the Undifferentiated Whole"
There is something that I didn’t think to include in my original post on humanism. There is another way that my “humanness” defines me, and I think the most important one. In nearly every sense, humanity created me. When I think of the things I’ve come to believe and value throughout my life and the […]Read more "No Cookie for Copernicus"
This post is part of an ordered sequence of posts. If you are new to the site, please scroll to the bottom of the page or click here to start at the beginning. So far, my mental experimentation had provided me with 3 pieces of data: 1. When my mind perceived a concept (e.g., “person”), […]Read more "The Illusion of the Open Mind – Part 3"
This post is part of an ordered sequence of posts. If you are new to the site, please scroll to the bottom of the page or click here to start at the beginning. I want to tell you about the strangest day of my life. This day fell within the few weeks of last fall […]Read more "The Illusion of the Open Mind – Part 2"