The Lower Quote, As If You Didn't Know, Is By Richard Dawkins, Son.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Skeptic's Circle

The new and, holy shit, 94th! edition of the Skeptic's Circle is up over at Reduce to Common Sense. It's the Olympics of Skepticism! Hopefully one of the big-dogs won't come in and take away 8 golds and 8 world records.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Pointing Out The Obvious

Ok, so I'm on a bit of a blogging break. Obvious enough. I'm not done by any stretch of anyone's imagination so, to any weirdos out there who think I've thrown in the proverbial towel, I haven't. Just a couple little life changes taking place and I had to put something on the back burner - blogging was it.

I recently worked a four-day trade show with a "reiki master", which was not quite as painful as you might have expected it to be - but that being said, I'm putting together yet another post (aside from this one) about the retardedness of a "therapy" that isn't. Let's just say that "past lives" are involved.

Ok, so I'll be back but for the next week I'm at a cottage way the fuck out in the middle of nowhere with absolutely zip chance of coming into contact with a television, let alone a high-speed internet connection. Lots of fishing and campfires and guitar playing. Life is good, kids. I hope yours is too.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Away for a Spell, Plus a Bit of a Rant

Ok, so I've been slack. Very slack. It's just a bit of an uninspiring time for writing and what with the Montauk "monster" being the most...interesting(?) thing that's been going on, well, let's just say that it's been a slow news/religion month.

I had a decent piece on the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy's little hissy fit, but that whole "Crackergate" bullshit is just so old and annoying to me now that it makes me want to have 15 beers every time I think of it.

I also said to a commenter that I would post a list of things that I could witness/hear about that would make me question my beliefs. I have been writing a post about that topic, but my list is pretty standard stuff: a fossil legitimately found in a place it just shouldn't be (the ol' "rabbit in the Cretaceous" suggestion); a real, unexplainable miracle à la a severed limb growing back or a confirmed dead person coming back to life; or perhaps a scientifically unexplainable happening like the entire sky turning purple with polka dots and "Believe in me." in giant black comic sans font letters carved into the atmosphere. That'd get me to question my beliefs.

The thing is, I'm willing to be wrong about pretty much anything because all our knowledge is tentative. It's all on a pedestal until something better comes along. Religion doesn't even want to put itself near the shooting gallery that is scientific inquiry, regardless of the fact that there are definite claims within religions that are testable.

I've said this before, but there are some good things about religions, but they are good things that you could get easily from other places without all the stupid shit that tags along for the ride. That's basically my entire argument against religion. Well, that and religions generally are just silly and demand respect that they don't deserve. That's pretty goddamn annoying.

Ok, it's breakfast time.