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Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 25 2014

“Atheism Is An Assumption…”

My aggregator just pointed me at a fairly heavy-handed piece that claimed “atheism is an assumption, not a reasonable conclusion from the evidence“. And while atheism is very often a conclusion (including, frankly, most of the substance of the linked piece), I absolutely agree that there are times when atheism is an assumption. Thing is, …

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Apr 24 2014

“Poem In Your Pocket” Day

Just a reminder–here in the US, it is national Poem in your Pocket day. You should all print out your favorite sepielle, or something to annoy your co-workers with, and carry it around just in case. If any of you run into me today, this is what I’ll recite to you.

Apr 23 2014

Cuttlefish Shakespeare Fanboi Squee!!!!

So today is, as far as you know, William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday (no one knows for sure, but it’s as good a day as any, and better than most, to pretend that it is). Which is cool. The odds are very much against anyone knowing I ever existed nearly 4 centuries from now (and if …

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Apr 22 2014

When Physicists Study Consciousness….

I’m looking for the fountain that will grant eternal youth; It is said to be in Florida—I’ll take that as the truth— Expert minds are in agreement (which is never quite the case) That the Florida peninsula has got to be the place Now, for centuries, they’ve mapped it, using all the latest tools And …

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Apr 22 2014

“Under God” Suits In MA, NJ

Public schools are, it seems, now alleging that pledging Allegiance to flags, and to gods, is the rule; “Under God” makes the word “indivisible” risible— Laughable, really, for kids in their school— Of course there are children abstaining, explaining Their worldview prevents them from going along; They’d say “under god”, but it’s blather; they’d rather …

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Apr 18 2014

Three Cultures (Easter?)

Student 1—”This weekend is Easter! I’ll be with my family, celebrating, together… That’s what Easter is for!” Student 2—”in [her culture], we celebrate all the holidays! Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and some you’ve never heard of! Embrace all the belief systems, and celebrate all the holidays!” Student 3—“in [his culture], there are no holidays—if you …

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Apr 18 2014

“Coming Out Atheist”

So Greta Christina’s new book is out now. As was expected, it is excellent. When she offered a copy for me to review, my only question was “what sort of verse form do you want the review in?” To my horror, she said she would love a Sestina. A Villanelle would be acceptable, but her …

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Apr 17 2014

Liberated Atheist

… That’s the name of the new release, a 15-minute instrumental composition in three contiguous parts. Put it on in the background… It showed up in my aggregator, via Decoder Magazine; I’m not at all certain how I feel about it. It takes me back, really, to my high school years in the late 70′s, …

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Apr 16 2014

Ok, That’s A First

Twice today, students asked questions that I had previously examined on this blog, such that my immediate thought was “oh, I’ll just recite this verse”. Which, of course, I did not. I gave a nice, thorough, completely prose response. I need to get more people reciting my verses as answers to classroom questions, so that …

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Apr 13 2014

Containing Atheism, In Saudi Arabia

There’s a piece decrying atheists— “Contain them!” it opines— But it’s quite a different story If you read between the lines… There’s a very strange article in the Saudi Gazette. On the face of it, atheism is a problem which must be contained: A number of academics and experts have underlined the need for serious …

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