TrueU – Because Education challenges Superstition

Focus on the Family’s got a new plan.

Basically? University and College is pretty poor for “faith” in dogmatic religions. There is little to no onus to keep going to a church and you are suddenly thrown into a mixing bowl of people who are nothing like the small groups you are used to and all this broadens your horizons. [Read more…]

Frankly Speaking About Anne Frank

America occupies a strange little world of its own. To the outsider it’s a land that’s filled with amazing things but whose inhabitants take it for granted.

It’s a strange culture too.

People often say “Avi! How can you comment on American culture when you aren’t even from there?” to which I respond with “I grew up knowing that “Cheerleader Girlfriends are Desirable”. American culture is less alien to me than mine is to the average American. Our airwaves, books and TV is innundated with it. I also have visited the USA on more than one occasion. I may not be perfectly in tune with it but I can tell when something’s up. [Read more…]

Faith Healing and Never Learning

When you believe in something religiously, you are considered to have “faith”.

I spoke about it earlier, the difference between a delusion and religion is merely what we believe in. A god due to it’s wide acceptance is considered “normal” rather than weird.

The problem with a delusion is that evidence against the delusion is twisted in order to fit into supporting the delusion.  [Read more…]

A Voice for Me – Retraction and why it’s not acceptable

It’s expected that sometimes you make mistakes while writing things. Sometimes it’s a joke that you phrased wrong or didn’t think about. Sometimes you reported on things incorrectly and sometimes you held view points that were incorrect.

I did it with the Sunil Triparthi piece. Where I believed faulty news stories in India rather than utilise proper valid news sources as I normally do. I made comments on Facebook wondering what would cause such a young man to do so such things and I am sorry for that. I apologised to the family in question and am still supporting their quest to find their son. (PS. If you wish to help them out, links are in my post).

But Paul Elam’s A Voice for Men and the MRAs of reddit have done something unacceptable and indeed dangerous. [Read more…]

Christian Schools? Why You Should!

I was educated for a while in a Christian school and quickly realise one thing. It’s not as bad as you think it is. Sure the nuns kept trying to make ridiculous claims about Jesus but on the whole owing to my Hindu status I was left alone. At no point was I ever told I was going to hell. I did have to sit through moral science classes but those were silly rather than anything. [Read more…]

Deepak Chopra, TED and Game of Thrones

Am I the only one who wishes the SI unit for “bullshitting about science” to be measured in Deepak Chopras?

Here is the thing. Simply being liberal doesn’t mean you should move away from what people consider as “big pharmacy”. Pharmacy is entrenched in “Big Business” which is benefitted by the low taxes and reduced controls when it comes to profit. However the reason why “Big Pharma” works is because they are entrenched in actual fucking science. The correct response to Big Pharma is “Proper Testing and Control” not “Witch Doctors”.

And Huffington Post should remember that before they give Deepak Chopra a platform.

Deepak Chopra is the very essence of pseudoscience. He utilises words that people are aware off to flog eastern pseudoscience and medicine in scientific terms that simply “don’t mean anything”. Quantum for example is a word he absolutely loves! [Read more…]

Lack of a god is mental illness

There is a long history of trying to equate atheism with mental illness and it’s the same across the world.

There is an unusual caveat to the medical definition of Delusion. It doesn’t apply to religious belief. If you believe that you are at the centre of a vast conspiracy you are delusional. If you believe you are at the centre of a vast battle for the fate of the universe itself then you are perfectly sane. [Read more…]