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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 27 2011

Ingrid Nelson on Panel at GLBT History Museum, 9/29

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My beloved wife, Ingrid, is going to be part of a panel at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco, this Thursday, Sept. 29. The topic is a barn-burner: “All the Rage: Stories From the AB101 Veto Riot of 1991.” Here’s a little more info: At the height of the AIDS crisis and in the …

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Sep 26 2011

Depression, Rationality, and the Difficulty of Perspective

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We talk a lot in the atheist/ rationalist/ skeptical community about how life can be made better by leaving religion and embracing rationality. And we talk a lot about wanting to get that message out into the world. Today, I want to talk about a very specific, personal, pragmatic example of this. A little over …

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Sep 24 2011

Dream diary, 9/24/11: The Nude Version of “Sideways”

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I dreamed that I was watching a version of the movie “Sideways” that was exactly the same as the original, except that all the actors were in the nude. The main thing that was surprising about this, apart from the fact that it existed, was that both Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church had extensive …

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Sep 23 2011

Bisexuality Visibility Day

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Today is Bisexuality Visibility Day. So I thought I’d take a moment to say: I’m bisexual. Which should come as no surprise to anyone who regularly reads my writing. But it still sometimes does. I’ve had a good number of smart, thoughtful, queer- conscious people assume that, because I’m married to a woman, I’m a …

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Sep 23 2011

Fashion Can Be Hard/ Fashion Can Be Fun

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I get that this stuff is hard. I really do. When I wrote my recent pieces on fashion and style, I seem to have stepped on some very raw nerves. When I wrote that fashion could be seen as a sort of language, and that what we wear expresses something about ourselves, and that we …

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Sep 22 2011

Should Atheists Have Lots of Kids?

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“Religious people are reproducing at a much higher rate than atheists. Religious extremists especially. And as we know, people tend to stay in whatever religion they’re brought up in. Should atheists be having more children, so we can counteract this trend?” When I give talks and do Q&A afterwards, this question comes up surprisingly often. …

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Sep 21 2011

Welcome BlagHag to Freethought Blogs!

Jen McCreight of BlagHag fame has joined the Freethought Blogs network. Go say hi and welcome her! One of us, one of us, one of us…

Sep 20 2011

Coming Out Is Fun

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There’s something I’d like to see atheists say more often: Coming out is fun. I was hanging out with some of the folks from the Minnesota Atheists after my talk there last Sunday. We were talking, as so many atheists so often do, about coming out as atheists – -how important it is, how central …

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Sep 19 2011

Can Critics of “New Atheists” Please Read Some First?

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The title: “Beyond ‘New Atheism.’” So I knew we were in trouble right from the start. In a recent piece in The Stone forum in the New York Times online “Opinionator” section, philosophy professor Gary Gutting takes on the so-called “New Atheism.” He argues that the so-called “new atheism” — encapsulated in his mind by …

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Sep 16 2011

I have my archives!

I have my archives from my old blog! They’re here! With comments and everything! They’re even in the right categories! Images and videos didn’t make it over, and there are a handful of posts that didn’t make it and that I’ll have to put in by hand. (For some reason, it didn’t like my posts …

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