Two Compelling Abortion Related Arguments

I’ve never posted on the topic of abortion before. When I was a Christian fundamentalist, I was naturally “pro life” (or better described as anti-abortion). Before I completely left the faith, my views on abortion began to change as I gained more knowledge of medical science. Recently, the Friendly Atheist brought attention to Patrick S. Tomlinson’s…

How I Avoided the Ministry and Broke the Spell of Religion

This was originally posted to Rational Doubt two years ago. I recently had the opportunity to listen as Dr. Andy Thompson interviewed Linda LaScola at Washcon 2015 in Lynchburg, VA. Andy asked Linda about memorable interviews and stories from her book, “Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind“. Earlier this year, I purchased the book and found it an…

A Personal Update Plus a Rant about Prayer

I haven’t posted in a while. The last 6 months have been eventful with travel, house hunting, packing, and moving into a new house. But most recently, I’ve had to start job hunting. The latter was truly unexpected. What a punch in the gut! I’ve been working from home for 9 years as an IT…

Great Memes About Religion

Are anti-religious memes effective? Do they plant seeds of doubt? I wonder about that. Cognitive science would say that we tend to listen only to information that confirms our preconceptions (confirmation bias). We disregard or ignore statements or facts that go against any strongly held belief. George Bernard Shaw said, “The moment we want to…

My Biggest Regret

“How are we gonna come up with this month’s rent?” I think I was 20 years old when I did something that I still deeply regret to this day. I was 17 when I got a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar from a big guitar store (Guitar Center) in Rockville, Maryland. What an amazing place that…

Learning Guitar

“You really should just give up. I don’t think this is for you.” I was in the 4th grade, attempting to learn how to play the trombone when my music school teacher said those words to me. After 4 or 5 weeks of trying, I took his advice and called it quits. I didn’t attempt…