Timothy L Pagaard: What matters
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself--and you are the easiest person to fool."
What I think about
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The Internationale: No song moves me more! Lyrics?
Universal health care now!
"War/No More Trouble" Playing for Change
Hey Paul Krugman, where the hell are you, man?
(Your country needs you now.) See more from Jonathan Mann at rockcookiebottom.com.
On human dignity and equality
"Good people will do good
things, and bad people will do
bad things. But for good people to do bad things--
My journey, political, philosophical, artistic, and spiritual, has been, like everyone's, unique and at the same time common:
Nurtured in my nation's tradition of ancient blind superstition, I have struggled free, often reluctantly, from a world driven inward and irrational by delusion, made repressive and regressive by fear; I strive sometimes fitfully toward a better world that looks outward, dreams forward, and hopes with courage, honesty, and above all, humanity.
Or put more simply, I have struggled from The One True Faith toward an understanding of all such One True Faiths and further toward independent reason, toward freedom.
"We are all atheists about most of the gods
that societies have ever
Blasphemy is a victimless crime.
"When fascism comes to America
it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
Karen Armstrong on religion: mythos and logos
Listen to Terry Gross's interview with Bible scholar Bart Ehrman.
Daniel Dennett on the power of Darwinian memes
Richard Dawkins on the god delusion
"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here."
Richard Dawkins, from Unweaving the Rainbow
"I do not fear death, in view of the fact that I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it."
Sam Harris on how religion perpetuates human conflict
If atheists ruled the world...
(Dramatic readings of posts about atheism from Christian fundamentalist message boards, all taken word-for-word.)
No doubt you've seen the ubiquitous "NOTW" logo in the rear windows of two of every three gun-rack equipped, lifted pickups in eastern San Diego County: "Not of This World." See my version at right.
Epiphany: I looked for this outfit on-line, expecting to encounter some sort of inspirational ministry. Instead I discovered that NOTW is nothing more than a line of clothing and accessories-- "religion-themed," sure, but otherwise no different from Hollister, Aéropostale, or Sears. Whatever sells, huh? NYU cultural critic Mark Dery regards NOTW as the starkest irony, "the moneychangers' revenge. Is it possible to be more 'of this world' than NOTW?"
Alternative: Love our planet. Protect it. It's all we have! (But don't plan to buy an "...OTW" T-shirt, navel ring, or gangster beanie from me.) Here's Kurt Vonnegut: "Epitaph: The good Earth--we could have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy."
George Carlin on religion
Pat Condell is godless and free
Pat Condell: "Children of a stupid god"
On politics, economics, and justice
Naomi Klein breaks down the bail-out:
I'm voting Republican!
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