Month: August 2014

ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge

I don’t understand all the hostility towards the ice bucket challenge. It’s about raising awareness and money. I read that 23 million has been raised so far and awareness about ALS has certainly increased. There are those complaining that it hasn’t been advertised properly, but what do you expect? Do you think a charity has…

Why you don’t need objective morality.

I am an atheist and I disagree with many religious people’s opinions. A criticism I face often is that my morality is not objective, and thus my morality isn’t really moral. I am near-certain most people—regardless of their religion—have the same ethical views as I do when it comes to things like murder and theft;…

The Libertarian Philosophy

I often sympathize with libertarian philosophies (but not all). I appreciate the idea of valuing individual freedoms, but I feel libertarians often do not have a realistic view of society. To a libertarian’s ears, saying the government messes up everything seems to be an  axiomatic statement. They are right about the government not being perfect.…

Who is the author of your actions?

Many reject determinism because they feel that the outcome of a situation is caused by their choice. This is true. A person’s action is essential to the outcome of an event, but that doesn’t grant one any volition in the matter. It is essential for an apple to fall before it can smash to pieces…

Can an atheist argue for a moral position?

I’ve often contemplated how I, being an atheist, would argue my position for adopting various values/ethical positions. Let’s start with a hypothetical argument: if you value the happiness of conscious creatures, you will accept blank. What happens if they are indifferent towards the happiness of conscious creatures though? At this point I would ask if…

In Regards To Moral Status

I argue all sentient things have moral status. We cannot exclusively value our humanity. If we only valued our ability to rationalize, then infants and certain types of people with disabilities would not be given moral status. Our morality is concerned with whether or not the collections of atoms to be affected by an action…

RIP Robin Williams

Robin Williams has been one of my favorite actors since I was a kid. I remember there was one year where I rewound my VHS tape and watched the movie Hook every single day. I absolutely loved that movie, along with What Dreams May Come and World’s Greatest Dad. He will be missed. It is suspected at this current moment that…

What is success?

Most men dream of success, and by success I mean being rich and famous. Most of us would say being the best at a talent is the way to the top, but I’d have to disagree. Anyone can get on youtube and find some of the best talent the world has to offer, but some…

Consider Compassion

Morality is about doing the right thing, not finding the best way to do the wrong thing. This may sound obvious, but the behavior of the world shows otherwise. People support and vote for cruel things. They might recite a humanitarian quote, and then go against the humanitarian agenda. It’s what some do every Sunday…