Month: July 2014

The problem with free-will

We’ve had plenty of posts regarding free-will on this blog, but this is a topic which is very detail/word oriented, which takes time to explore. This post is primarily addressed to the compatibilist position (that free-will and determinism can coexist). I want to clarify what I mean when I say that we do not have…

The Problem of Evil

If God is both omnipotent and omnibenevolent then there should be no evil in the world. The problem of evil is a philosophy that points this out, and refutes the western idea of God. God is described by many as omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, but in this post I will only address the words omnipotent and…

Discovering purpose

We all look for purpose in our everyday lives. What job should I pursue? Should I pursue a job at all? What bag of potato chips should I go with? Never the sour-cream and onion; They make my breathe smell bad. Anyways, back to purpose. Before asking what purpose you could possibly have, given our…

Conservatives are gay

When conservatives accuse LGBT rights activists of trying to turn everyone into homosexuals, I can’t help but chuckle. They say that homosexuality is a sinful temptation that must be resisted, and that if gay rights were to move forward, more people would become gay. Say what you will, but I think it is gay to…

Coffee and blogging

I recently made a post about listening to music while blogging/writing. The previous post was intended to have a large comedic overtone, so I was pleasantly surprised by some of the comments I received. Some responses relayed the idea that music is a big part of your writing process as well. So it got me…

Personal Truth

This is not a post about politics or a person’s right to worship. This is a post about philosophy. I do not think you should claim the right to believe in a personal truth. All ideas are subject to criticism. Claiming you have a personal truth is claiming you have been revealed something that can…

In defense of atheism

Since the dawn of time religion has brought violence into the world. After centuries of this, some thinkers finally figured out that we need to change things. Then came the new ideas: Utopias, worlds without exploitation, equality—but the new ideas weren’t perfect. Some of these ideas evolved under secular governments and eventually became the horrors…

I don’t believe in free will

Will you choose your next thought? No! To do that would be as Sam Harris says, “To think of it before you thought of it.” Your thoughts are a string of reactions. Your mind leads you to one thought and then to another. If a watermelon pops into your head, you don’t get to say,…

Listening to music while blogging

In this post I want to address the many reasons why one may not receive the response desired from a blog post. Sure, there are many reasons, including but not limited to: content, correct use of social media, tone, and many many others. But I want to address one writing aid that is indispensable. Music!…

Mormons!

I am an atheist, and although I disagree with religion, I still love my religious friends. I am also a liberal, and although I disagree with Republicans, I still respect my conservative friends. I am also a vegetarian, and although I don’t agree with supporting the meat industry, I still enjoy meals with my carnivorous…