Monthly Archive: May 2008

May 31 2008

Greta’s Largely Unsolicited Advice on Blogging

Every now and then, I get an email from someone who’s starting a blog, or is considering starting a blog, and wants advice from me on how to go about it. I’m not quite sure why — my blog is moderately successful, but there are many others that are much more so. But asking advice …

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May 30 2008

The Last Taboo: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s on a phrase that’s commonly used when talking about unconventional or marginalized sex: “the last taboo.” The piece is titled, oddly enough, The Last Taboo, and here’s the teaser: You might have heard that homosexuality is the last taboo. Sadomasochism. Incest. Bestiality. Necrophilia. A …

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May 30 2008

Happy Blogday To Me… and an Exhortation to Writers About Blogging

Happy blogday to me! I started blogging three years ago today. Loki H. Thor on a raft. I had no idea. What started as an attempt to publicize my writing career has turned into the centerpiece of it. It has totally taken over my life. Who knew? (You can look up that first post if …

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May 29 2008

The Sameness of Imagination, The Astonishingness of Reality: Thoughts on Science and Religion

There’s a really interesting new piece up on Pharyngula: it’s gotten me thinking about science and religion in an interesting new way, and I wanted to link to it and talk about it a bit. It’s the piece titled A pleasant, smiling apologist is still lying to you. Now, I don’t agree with everything he …

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May 25 2008

What Do You Want, Anyway? An Atheist’s Mission Statement

So what do I want, anyway? What do I expect to get out of all this atheist blogging? (Apart from stress reduction, I mean.) What's my ultimate goal? When it comes to religion and/or the lack thereof, what kind of world do I want to see? I think it's important for atheists to think about …

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May 23 2008

I Do — And Why: The Blowfish Blog

Remember about a week ago, when the California Supreme Court same-sex ruling came out? I was all a-twitter with girlish glee and didn't know what to say, but said I'd say more later? This is later. I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It's about why we want to get married — …

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May 22 2008

The Necessity of Humor: Battlestar Galactica

As insanely observant readers of this blog may have noticed, I’ve recently started watching “Battlestar Galactica.” (I haven’t seen any of this season yet — I’m midway through Season 2 on the DVDs, for once I’m going to watch a TV series in order — so please don’t give anything away.) I like the show …

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May 21 2008

What’s Your Story?

So what's your story? Whenever I read about psychology or the structure of the brain and mind, this theme keeps coming up. Human beings seem to have a deeply-rooted need for narrative: a need to structure our experiences as stories. It seems to be hard-wired into the way our brains and minds work. (I remember …

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May 19 2008

To HTML OR Not to HTML? A Reader Poll

A number of people have mentioned this in recent comments, so I wanted to take a reader poll about it and test the waters. As a number of you have noted, I don’t have HTML enabled for my comments. This means people can’t use italics, or boldface, or create their own live links, or do: …

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May 18 2008

“A Different Way of Knowing”: The Uses of Irrationality… and its Limitations

There’s a trope I’ve noticed in debates about atheism, about skepticism, about science. And the trope goes something like this: “Logic and reason isn’t everything. Not everything in this world is rational. Not everything that we know in the world is known through logic and reason. Sometimes we have to use our intuition, and listen …

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