Month: June 2014

Time to step up your game Mr. Tyson

As many know, Neil deGrasse Tyson has made a name for himself in the scientific community since the airing of Cosmos. This put him in the position of a spokesperson for atheists, agnostics, humanists, and people who just enjoy science in general. But, I was disappointed by a response he gave during his podcast Star…

Language is a bitch

When we define a certain four legged animal as a dog, it is defined as a dog in our language only. The word dog is meaningless unless someone recognizes its purpose. When a skeptic says, “There are no absolutes” and someone replies, “Are you absolutely sure?” it is not a paradox in our reality that…

God and Soccer

Islamic soccer players competing for the world cup are going to have to make some decisions about their nourishment now that Ramadan is approaching. Followers of Islam traditionally fast during this time, but this could compromise the players ability on the field and affect the outcome of the games. Some players plan on getting by…

The urge for change in Sudan

Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who has most recently been faced with the death sentence now faces a new charge. Earlier this year Ibrahim was arrested for apostasy and adultery. In Sudan not only is it illegal to denounce your Muslim religion, but the Sudanese government also charged her with adultery due to her husband…

Choice or Reaction?

I want you to replace the word, “Choose” with, “React” in every instance of free will one could ever describe. Instead of “choosing” between blue or red, one’s brain reacts in a way that leads to the inevitable result. We are conditioned, and every choice we make is how our conditioning reacts with the environment.…

Being an atheist is bittersweet

I’ve recently read about how atheists are the least desirable candidates for positions in politics. Bill Maher and Jon Stewart had a conversation about this on one of the recent daily show episodes and I’ve seen several articles on the subject. But it seems that what’s true for politics isn’t the same for the business…

A moral way to exploit the world

I would argue that whenever you do a good deed, you are in fact exploiting who ever it is you are helping. This post will presuppose much about determinism and the idea of all actions being selfish (two popular topics on this blog). When you do nice things for a person what are some reasons for…

Why I write about religion

Ever since I was a kid I picked up very quickly that it is not very “sociably acceptable” to questions one’s religions beliefs. An overwhelming sense of taboo seemed to be inherent with the subject of religion. I was dumbfounded that a claim to knowledge of the conditions and restrictions of everlasting eternity could not…

Thoughts on philosophy

I have hopes of being both a scientist and a philosopher. In my opinion both subjects are an attempt to understand this world and how we stand in relation to it. Although humanity has yet to adopt THE world view, it can at least expand OUR world view. This non-objective world view is the closest…