Recently, I’ve been trying to market my 6 volume magnum opus, Supernatural Hypocrisy: The Cognitive Dissonance of a God Cosmology, as I am in the unique position of being a relatively small fish in a big pond, where that material is concerned. Since I am no Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens, my name alone will not sell a book–especially one like this.I do mention this in the Author’s Note: I am not a Bible scholar or a Ph.D.–wielding lecturer, nor a scientist. I was one semester away from a degree in Professional Writing & Editing, and intend …Continue reading →
Since completing the third and fourth books (simultaneously) of the AKA Investigations series, I am doing that Pick-A-Project-Polka; a dance we writers do when we’re trying to decide what we feel like working on next; we listen to our muse, we dance with our muse, we kick our muse out and get practical, and we sometimes curse our muse and send it to bed without dinner. All of these I’ve done this time around, as well. Fortunately, I seem to have spent enough time on a particular draft to safely assume it’s the one I will be finishing next. …Continue reading →
[cross-posted from my other blogs, due to some content being atheistic in nature] *I present my list (which continues to get larger) of books I feel are more than worth the time to read…these are based on my own opinions and preferences, and yours may vary. But check them out just in case there’s a gem in there for you.1. One Door Away From Heaven (Dean Koontz) [I think this is Koontz’s best book). Amazon.com Review Dean Koontz virtually invented the cross-genre novel, and in One Door Away from Heaven he mixes an action thriller with post-X-Files alien paranoia to …Continue reading →
I just watched the documentary by Ben Stein “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” I must say the title is prophetic toward content. There was certainly no intelligence to be found in the slant of this “documentary.” This is essentially another example of right-wing religious propaganda that likes to masquerade as fact. It is at once crucial that readers understand the primary flaw in any argument made by creationists or I.D. advocates: creationism cannot be given equal time as science, since it does not fit the description of science, nor does it hold up to scientific scrutiny. That said, I’ll take a …Continue reading →
(Or, “Who’s the Pinhead, Now, O’Reilly?”) [Excerpt from my book, Supernatural Hypocrisy: The Cognitive Dissonance of God Cosmology] THE ARGUMENTS GIVEN BY many theists, especially those of the fundamentalist variety, can be referred to quite accurately as A.I.–Artificial Intelligence, AKA Arrogant Ignorance. Poster boy for this concept? Bill O’ Reilly. On a segment of his show, O’Reilly had Richard Dawkins as a guest, but Dawkins was not treated as such. In his usual, haughty, overbearing, arrogant manner, O’Bully made sure that Dawkins never had a fair opportunity to respond, and it was blatantly apparent that Bill-O had absolutely zero respect …Continue reading →
PART 2: Richard Dawkins reads excerpts from The God Delusion and answers questions at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia on October 23, 2006. This Q&A features many questions from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty “University” students.
PART 1: Richard Dawkins reads excerpts from The God Delusion and answers questions at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia on October 23, 2006. This Q&A features many questions from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty “University” students.
It is common knowledge that the terrorists who steered the planes into the Twin Towers on September 11th, did so believing that they would be rewarded in the afterlife with 72 Virgins. Nowhere in the Koran does it say that martyrs will be given 72 virgins in the afterlife. Nor is the Rapture mentioned anywhere in the Christian Bible. The rapture was invented by a preacher in the 19th century, and just became popularized by the nature of Memes* and how they are spread. Just like with fundamentalist Christians, some Muslims have found a way to mistranslate and even invent …Continue reading →