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Category Archive: Philosophy/ Life

Feb 14 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine

Yes, I know. Valentine’s Day is a manufactured holiday, concocted by corporate interests to manipulate some of humanity’s deepest and most valuable emotions — as well as people’s anxieties about those emotions — in order to sell candy, cards, lingerie, jewelry, vacations, and more. Plus, insert rant about the privileging of coupled relationships. I know. …

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Feb 13 2014

To Give Itself Pleasure

Big Bang timeline

This is the piece that I read at the recent Godless Perverts Story Hour, the one that was livestreamed as part of the Freethought Blogs Con online conference. The entire event was recorded: you can watch the whole thing if you like, and videos of the individual performances, including this one, are being posted on …

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Jan 16 2014

Would You Have Sex with a Robot?

woman in bed with robot

Ads for the computer love story Her are everywhere, and it makes me wonder about the ethics of sex robots. Would I ever have sex with one? Or would I find it ooky and gross — in a moral sense, but also aesthetically and erotically? Here’s what I decided. I certainly don’t have any objections …

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Jan 13 2014

Secular Meditation: “If you can’t meditate for twenty minutes a day…”

clock in hand

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” -Zen proverb Almost as soon as I started meditating, I started hearing this proverb. It pops into my mind now and then: usually when I’m struggling with (or simply looking at) how to …

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Dec 30 2013

Humanist Performance Anxiety

Does this ever happen to you? I have this set of humanist values, and chief among them is the notion that since I only have one life, I want to live it to the hilt. Back when I had religious beliefs (mine were of the New Age variety, including reincarnation), I was often lazy about …

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Dec 25 2013

Some Thoughts on Spending Christmas Day Alone

I’m doing a full court press in December to finish my new book, “Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why.” Deadline for going to the typesetter is January 2. So for most of December, I’ll be posting retreads traditional holiday posts, as well as a few cat pictures. …

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Dec 24 2013

The True Meaning of Christmas

I’m doing a full court press in December to finish my new book, “Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why.” Deadline for going to the typesetter is January 2. So for most of December, I’ll be posting retreads traditional holiday posts, as well as a few cat pictures. …

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Dec 09 2013

Activist Burnout, Prevention and Treatment: Greta’s Talk at Skepticon 6

The talk I gave at Skepticon 6 — “Activist Burnout, Prevention and Treatment” — is now up on YouTube. Topics include taking care of your health, carving out an identity separate from atheist activism, taking breaks, getting a life, saying “No,” and more. Plus it features one of my rare uses of props in a …

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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 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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