Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 28 2013

Intransitive Gratitude: Feeling Thankful in a Godless World

I first published this on Thanksgiving 2011, and have decided to make it a Thanksgiving tradition. If you don’t believe in God, what does gratitude mean? I don’t mean specific gratitude towards specific people for specific benevolent acts. I mean that more broad, general, sweeping sense of gratitude: gratitude for things like good health, having …

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Nov 27 2013

Our “Light the Night” Team Reached $9,000 – So I’m Eating Bugs!

Don Bugito

Some joker really has it in for me. How dare they — donate money to a cause I care about, just to torment me? Freethought Blogs has gotten into the Foundation Beyond Belief/ Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation Light the Night game, and has started a virtual team! Even small donations help — it really does …

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Nov 25 2013

“Is He Gay or Straight?” Bisexual Eradication in “Modern Family”

modern family poster

In the last few weeks, I’ve started intermittently watching the TV show “Modern Family.” There’s a certain amount that I like about it, as well as a certain amount that I don’t. (Often the case with fluffy mainstream-ish pop-culture entertainment. I want it to divert and distract me, but it often winds up annoying me …

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Nov 22 2013

Godless Perverts Social Club Dec. 3 — and Godless Perverts Holiday Fun Time Dec. 14!

The Godless Perverts have all sorts of fun things planned for December! We hope you can join us! And save the date for February 1 — we have another Story Hour coming up! Tuesday, December 3, is the next Godless Perverts Social Club — the casual, hanging-out social arm of the Godless Perverts empire. Join …

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Nov 14 2013

The Buffalo Game


I’m going to be at Skepticon for the next few days, and I know from experience that I pretty much never blog during a conference. So let’s play a game! Let’s play the Buffalo Game. The Buffalo Game is simple: You replace one (or sometimes more than one) word or name in a band name …

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Nov 12 2013

Secular Meditation: As It Gets Easier, It Gets More Difficult

I’m running into an interesting paradox/ conundrum/ thing with my secular meditation practice. I’ve been meditating regularly, almost every day, since April of this year. Unsurprisingly, as I continue to do it and to be a little more experienced with it, it’s been getting easier. Specifically, it’s become much easier to just sit still for …

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Nov 11 2013

On Being Totally Vegetarian for a Month: My Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation Light the Night Challenge

So as regular readers may know, I recently went totally vegetarian for a month. It was part of a fundraising effort I’m doing for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation’s Light the Night Walk: the Foundation Beyond Belief is a “Special Friend” team, I’m the FBB International Team’s Honored Hero for 2013, plus Freethought Blogs has …

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Nov 08 2013

Two Different Ways to Be a Good Person

Thinking out loud here… I was talking with a friend the other day, who was telling me about someone in their life who was doing some stuff that was profoundly screwed-up. My friend said (paraphrasing here), “The interesting thing is, I know they think of themselves as a good person.” Which, of course, almost everyone …

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Nov 07 2013

The Trickster Spirit Who Planted a Joint in Our Apartment, or, The Stupidest Religious Belief I Ever Had


The scary thing is? I actually, seriously believed this. This happened when I was eighteen, the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in college. I was deep into my New Age woo phase: Tarot cards, astrology, reincarnation, Aleister Crowley and Robert Anton Wilson and just about every other piece of stoner bullshit spirituality that …

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Nov 05 2013

Saturday Night’s Alright For Biting

Comet yawning with teeth

My brain does weird things sometimes. When I’m engaged in a project, it will often find itself an irrelevant little side project — often musically-themed — and get very fixated on it. A list of songs that can be sung to the tune of “The Yellow Rose of Texas”; a list of songs in which …

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