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Monthly Archive: January 2008

Jan 13 2008

Dream diary, 1/13/08: The dream job

I dreamed that I was applying for a job as a professional dreamer. Specifically, I was applying for the job of United States Dreamer Laureate. The job basically involved having interesting dreams; writing about them was a part of it, but just having the dreams was the primary responsibility. I really wanted the job, and …

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Jan 13 2008

Friday Cat Blogging on Sunday: Lydia: The Belly-Rub Series

And now, three cute picture of our cat. Last week, we had a photo of Lydia looking uncharacteristically noble and dignified. So this week, in the interest of full disclosure, I thought we should have some much more typical views of Lydia. Lydia is an unbelievably sweet cat: a little dim, but affectionate, good-natured, unlikely …

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Jan 10 2008

The 100% Solution: On Uncertainty, And Why It Doesn’t Matter So Much

There’s a good piece over at Daylight Atheism, and I wanted to call it out and blog about it a little. It’s called The Curiously Postmodern Modern Apologists, and it’s about… well, the curiously post-modern twist that many modern apologetics for religion have been taking. The gist of these apologetics: Nobody knows anything for 100% …

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Jan 10 2008

On Punishment, and the Lack Thereof: The Blowfish Blog

Note to family members and others who don’t want to read about my personal sex life: While the focus of this post is on sexual things that I don’t engage in rather than sexual things that I do, it still discusses my personal sex life, as well as my fantasy life, in quite a bit …

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Jan 09 2008

On Forgiveness

I’ve been reading this excellent, wildly life-changing book that absolutely everyone has to read. It’s called “Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts,” and it’s about cognitive dissonance — the uncomfortable-at-best feeling you get when things you do, or things that happen, contradict your beliefs, …

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Jan 08 2008

Dearly Beloved Pastor…

I just got this religious spam email that was so hilariously inappropriate, I had to share. Dearly Beloved Pastor , Greetings from India! We are so glad to meet you through this mail. I happened to visit your website just now and so happy after reading the contents. First of all, I would like to …

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Jan 07 2008

How Can You Choose Just One? Bisexuality, Blonds, and Monogamy: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s called How Can You Choose Just One? Bisexuality, Blonds, and Monogamy, and it begins very much like this: There’s an odd assumption that often gets made about bisexuals. (It got repeated recently in a letter to Savage Love — third letter from the top …

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Jan 07 2008

Carnivals: Humanist, Godless, and Liberal

Blog carnival time! Humanist Symposium #13 is up at Faith in Honest Doubt. My pieces in this Symposium: “Let Them Make Up Their Own Minds”: Bringing Up Kids Without God, and Atheist Funerals. My favorite other pieces in this Symposium: How can we console others (and ourselves) without heaven or an afterlife? at Mind on …

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Jan 06 2008

Oscarology: The Readings

The readings are in! A quick recap, for those of you just joining us: Oscarology is a system of astrology I invented — excuse me, that was revealed to me in a powerful mystical experience — based on what movie won the Best Picture Oscar for the year you were born. I blogged about it …

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Jan 05 2008

Atheism in Pop Culture Part 8: Oliver Sacks

I’ve been reading the new Oliver Sacks book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (a wonderful birthday present — thanks, L & K!). And on Page 35, he’s talking about how music can be triggered in our minds by association, and he says this: As I write, in New York in mid-December, the city …

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