The Season, Now with Reason

“Would you even celebrate Christmas?” asked concerned family members when considering December plans. Though my first publicly, this will actually be my second Christmas as a self-admitted atheist and there have been several as a skeptic. Surprisingly few of the traditions I cherish most about Christmas have anything to do with in-a-manger Jesus. Time withContinue reading “The Season, Now with Reason”

(Adam)ant Doctrine

When the preponderance of evidence forced me to accept the fact of evolution, it was a short trip to discarding the Bible I had studied, memorized and believed all my life. Until that point, I held firmly to Biblical inerrancy. In my view, the Bible itself asserted this with claims like “all scripture is God-breathed” (2Continue reading “(Adam)ant Doctrine”

The Chromosome that Broke the Camel’s Back

I’ve been asked what the tipping point was for me to accept the Theory of Evolution after resisting it for most of my life. As I researched, the weight of the evidence was cumulative, so the fact that flipped the switch for me was more a function of timing and the order I just happened to haveContinue reading “The Chromosome that Broke the Camel’s Back”

I’m happy for you, Star Wars. I am.

In just a month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in movie theaters. In October 1999, my life-long fandom and involvement with the popular Star Wars website landed me at a lunch on Skywalker Ranch which lead to my recruitment to take over the efforts at I picked up my family, moved to theContinue reading “I’m happy for you, Star Wars. I am.”

Spock was the Worst Wookiee

Most people enjoy lively conversations about topics that they are knowledgable and passionate about. An attentive conversant to whom you’re introducing ideas and experiences can reignite one’s own spark. Finding someone who shares your passion on the same level is invigorating. The best stimulation can be a person who has a differing, but equally-knowledgeable, take on theContinue reading “Spock was the Worst Wookiee”

Cognitive Dissonance and Intellectual Dishonesty

Cognitive dissonance is the mental stress and discomfort that comes from holding two or more contradictory beliefs at the same time. This is not the mere hypocrisy that might come from a career nutritionalist who secretly binges on bacon-covered donuts. This is more akin to poor HAL 9000 whose programmed purpose was to relay accurate information,Continue reading “Cognitive Dissonance and Intellectual Dishonesty”