Monthly Archive: July 2008

Jul 18 2008

Morals, Deprivation, And Prioritizing Sex: Is Cheating Ever Okay? Part 3: The Blowfish Blog

Yes, believe it or not, I have one more post up on the Blowfish blog about cheating in sexless relationships. Part 1 and Part 2 of the “Is Cheating Ever Okay?” series have sparked the most lively conversation to date on the Blowfish Blog, and it’s way too interesting for to drop at this point. …

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Jul 17 2008

Tedious Faith

And now, as a moving and profound personal testimony of faith in troubled times, we bring you a meandering story that doesn’t make much sense and isn’t going anywhere. In debates about religion, there’s a point that atheists frequently concede. Yes, they say, religion is mistaken. It’s harmful. It’s irrational, contradictory, unsupported by evidence or …

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Jul 16 2008

“Does (X) Count?” What Sex Is, And Why The Question Matters

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. Anyone who’s read my writing for more than six minutes knows that the question of how we define what is and isn’t sex — and the surprising difficulty of answering that question — is one of my ongoing hobby-horses. One of my earliest and most widely-read …

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Jul 15 2008

Anonymity, Manners, and the Weakness and Power of the Internet

Do you think the anonymity of the Internet is a problem? I was talking with a friend recently, and she was mentioning a rule she uses in her online discourses: Never say anything to someone online that you wouldn’t say to their face. It’s an idea I’ve seen a lot in discussions of online society: …

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Jul 11 2008

Is Cheating Ever Okay? Part 2: The Blowfish Blog

Wow. Not what I’d expected. My piece about cheating (the one on the Blowfish Blog last week) got more comments than any other Blowfish piece I’ve written. By far. And given the, shall we say, feisty nature of the comments, a follow-up post seemed called for. So I have a new piece up on the …

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Jul 10 2008

Broiled Chicken Breasts

I’ve been looking over my last couple weeks of blogging, and I realize I’ve been big with the heavy topics and the cranky pants lately. So today, we have a nice recipe. Well, not so much a recipe as a general food suggestion. It’s the marinated, broiled, skinless boneless chicken breast. And it’s become one …

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Jul 10 2008

Blog Carnivals!

Carnival of the Godless #95 at The Atheist Blogger. Carnival of the Liberals #68 at Globally Rational. Skeptic’s Circle #90 at The Millenium Project. And Carnival of Sex and Sexuality #2 at Homo Acamedicus. I somehow missed this when it first came out, but it’s a good one and is worth checking out. Enjoy!

Jul 09 2008

But First, A Brief Pledge Break

And now, I’m going to try doing something new on my blog. I’m going to ask for donations. (And just like any good pledge drive, I’m going to offer goodies in return!) As many of you know, I’m working very hard to get to a place where I can make a living as a writer. …

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Jul 08 2008

Serendipity, Synchronicity, and Signs from the Universe: “Everything happens for a reason,” Part 2

Since I’ve become an atheist and a skeptic, I’ve been having new thoughts about pseudo- patterns, and coincidences that just seem too perfect to be really coincidental, and apparent signs and omens from God or the world- soul or the universe. Ingrid and I were going to the fancy organic ice cream place the other …

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Jul 07 2008

“Evangelical” Atheism, Or, Is It Okay to Try to Change People’s Minds?

Is it okay for atheists to try to change people’s minds? To try to convince people that their religion is mistaken, and that they should de-convert and become atheists instead? And is there any difference between that and religious evangelicalism? Between that, and religious evangelicals/ missionaries trying to convince people that their religion (or lack thereof) is …

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