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Monthly Archive: November 2009

Nov 21 2009

Dream diary, 11/21/09: Terrorist Pizza Party

I dreamed that I was having pizza with Iranian terrorists. A reporter friend of mine was doing a story on them; she was hiding them in her crawlspace, but they were thinking of coming out and revealing themselves in public. To encourage them to do this, she had a pizza party for them. Ingrid and …

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Nov 20 2009

What if People Actually Treated Religion as Just a Metaphor (Like Trekkies and Secular Jews)?

If religion really were just a metaphor, just a comforting and inspiring story that gives shape and meaning to people’s lives… what might it look like? One of the most common tropes among progressive religious believers is Religion As Metaphor. “Religious beliefs don’t have to be literally true,” the trope says. “They’re just useful metaphors: …

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Nov 20 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Don’t Worship Science

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheists do not worship science, logic, or evidence as a religious faith. We simply think that these methods have proven to be the most effective ways of …

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Nov 19 2009

Tears

Please note: This piece, and the piece it links to, discusses my personal sexual landscape in some detail. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that, please don’t. I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog: an exegesis on a somewhat unsettling fetish in a particular kind of fetish porn, …

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Nov 19 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Personal Experience /= Data

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Personal experience is not, by itself, enough reason to believe something is true. And that’s just as true for religion as anything else. Our personal experience told us …

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Nov 18 2009

“Their First Steps”: Atheism and Patience, Round 2

Why do religious believers visit atheist blogs? And what should atheists’ response to them be? There was a recent piece on Daylight Atheism that’s got me thinking about this question: a compelling, fascinating, completely excellent guest post, Jehovah’s Witnesses Hate the Smurfs, by former Jehovah’s Witness Sarah Braasch. The main thrust of the piece was …

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Nov 18 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: The Right To Make Our Case

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. “You have no right to make your case” is an argument people make when they don’t have a case themselves. And that’s true of religion as much as …

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Nov 17 2009

New Fishnet Story: “El Salvador Will Win”

Fishnet has a new story up! The online erotic fiction magazine I’m editing, Fishnet, has a new story up for you to enjoy. It’s titled El Salvador Will Win, by Howard Jackson, and here’s the teaser: As she rode him, she found her voice. A stream of Spanish tumbled from her lips, rising and falling …

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Nov 17 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Connect with the Universe

The people have spoken. Enough of you seem to want me to keep posting the Atheist Meme of the Day here every day, so I’m going to go back to doing it. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day: …

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Nov 16 2009

Atheist Memes of the Day

Quick update on my Facebook project, The Atheist Memes of the Day: Yes, I’m still doing the Memes. I stopped for a few days when my Facebook feed was bolloxed up, but now they’re back. However, I stopped posting them to my blog every day. It seemed clumsy: it was taking up a lot of …

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