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Monthly Archive: January 2008

Jan 31 2008

Carnivals of Liberals #57 and Skeptic’s Circle #79

Carnivals of Liberals #57 is up at World Wide Webers. My piece in this Carnival: All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Porn — Or Not. My favorite other piece in this Carnival: The Zombie of Trust Betrayed, at Trusted Advisor. And Skeptic’s Circle #79 is up at Podblack Blog. Podblack has very …

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Jan 29 2008

Defensiveness, Rationalization, Mulishness… What Does That Have To Do With Religion? Mistakes Were Made, Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I talked about the book Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts — a book on cognitive dissonance, and the ways we unconsciously rationalize and justify mistakes, misconceptions, and harm we do to others. I mentioned this book’s relevance to both atheists …

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Jan 29 2008

Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts — A Review

I am totally having fits about this book. Everyone reading this blog has to read it. Everyone not reading this blog has to read it. I was already more or less familiar with the concepts in it before I started reading… and I am nevertheless finding it a life-changer. And in particular, anyone interested in …

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Jan 28 2008

Democrats, Horse Races, and John Edwards

I’ve stayed away from “Democratic primary” stuff in this blog until now. Mostly because the election in California is just over a week away and I still have no freaking idea who I’m voting for. But I’ve been seeing a pattern in progressive writing about the Dem primary; it’s a pattern that’s bugging me, and …

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Jan 27 2008

Humanist Symposium #14

The Humanist Symposium #14 is up at Countries Beginning with I. The Symposium is probably my favorite blog carnival; it’s the atheist carnival that focuses on the positive aspects of atheism, rather than the negative aspects of religion. (And this particular Symposium is making me especially happy, since the host said such nice things about …

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Jan 26 2008

True Love Waits… And The Rest Of Us Get On With Our Sex Lives

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. In my last Blowfish column, I linked you to Scarleteen, the sex information website for teenagers. When I was at the site, I found this letter, “We waited for marriage… but it wasn’t worth the wait”. It completely broke my heart, and I had to write …

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Jan 25 2008

A Moment of Atheist Sentimentality

I had this kind of sad, kind of sentimental thought a little while ago, and I haven’t been able to shake it. I was thinking about the so-called “new atheist” movement. About atheist books on the bestseller lists. About atheism being widely and hotly discussed in magazines and newspapers and TV talk shows. About atheists …

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Jan 25 2008

Lesbian Sex With Men: The Blowfish Blog

Note to family members and others who don’t want to read about my personal sex life: This post, and the post it links to, talks about my personal sex life and my sexual history. If you don’t want to read about that, this would be a good post to skip. I have a new piece …

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Jan 24 2008

“A corner of their minds…”

“Even though the vast majority of believers apply rational thought processes in most areas of their lives, there is a corner of their minds, especially for religious conservatives, in which they refuse to shine the light of reason.” The Chaplain has completely hit it out of the park with this one. Her recent post at …

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Jan 24 2008

Carnivals: Godless and Feminists

Carnival of the Godless #83 is up at Tangled Up in Blue Guy. My pieces in this Carnival: The 100% Solution: On Uncertainty, And Why It Doesn’t Matter So Much, and What’s the Harm in a Little Woo? My favorite other piece in this Carnival: The Religious Right vs. Young People at Letters from a …

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