Phoenix Comicon 2015

Yep, I’ll be there. Only three panels this year. One on LGBT Whovians, another on the classic series, and one on the unsolved mysteries of the show (which I am on, despite what this schedule currently says). Come out and say hi to me, and win fabulous prizes at the classic series panel!

Like I’d Let May Day Pass

Keep up the fight, everyone. $10.10, accountability for police, true universal health care, an end to the massive levels of income inequality and justice, justice, justice!

Much to My Growing Horror

Something terrible and amazing appears to be happening. I have started my new job. It’s a good job, and I’m genuinely enjoying it so far. But the job requires that I be up and out of bed by 6:30 in the morning so as to be at my desk and ready to work by 8:00.

Since the 1990s, I’ve had jobs where I worked swing or graveyard shifts. Oh, I’d occasionally have to haul myself out of bed super-early for a training shift, or to go in early for someone. But that was rare. It’s not ever been something I’ve had to do on a daily basis.

And yet, here we are.

And much to my surprise…it seems that I might actually have been a morning person all these years.

You see, I find that I’m sleeping better by waking up in the mornings. Whereas I used to wake up two or three times a night, now it’s maybe once a night. Maybe. I also wake up much better rested, and ready to deal with the day, instead of blearily looking at my cell phone, resetting the alarm for an hour later, and dropping off again.

Yes, by the time my ride to work arrives, I’ve had breakfast, watched some morning news, sometimes even surfed the web. All at a time that, a month ago, was only a few hours after I would have gone to bed.

This is…weird. It’s welcome, I suppose, in that it makes my life easier. But…weird.

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For Those Who Haven’t Seen This…

Still Alive

Yeah, I’m still out here. I know I haven’t posted in a bit. There are some good reasons, though.

First off, I was sick during the early part of last week. That was less than fun.

Second, my mom was in town after that and only left yesterday. Yes, I’m using my mother as an excuse for not blogging. Hi, mom!

Lastly, my new job starts tomorrow at 8:00 AM. So that’s been on my mind. I’m very much looking forward to it.

Once that new job starts, I’m not entirely sure what my blogging patterns will be like. We shall see.

We Live in a World Where This Exists…

Also, I’m terribly sick, and even typing this has made my brain hurt a bit. Back to bed!

Oh, Deepak…

So Deepak Chopra has weighed-in on atheism. He does make a few good points about religion in general, and belief.

If belief in God can’t stand up to proof, it won’t sustain a person through difficult times.


What’s not rewarding is to base your belief or unbelief on secondhand opinion. Being a knee-jerk skeptic is as limiting as being a knee-jerk fundamentalist. In both cases, the mind is being conditioned by others.

This is absolutely correct, for a given definition of “secondhand opinion”. If someone who is an astrophysicist says there is probably no god, and certainly no proof for god, and I leave it at that, then I’m taking them at their opinion. If, on the other hand, they subsequently produce peer-reviewed documents backing up their position, and are willing to change that position when new information is produced, then that’s a very different thing.

But overall, ok, not horrible. Here’s what I roll my eyes at.

Atheism can do good by casting a skeptical light on cultural mythologies, but believing in nothing but the material world is cold comfort.

It is? I’m quite happy believing in only the material world. It’s the only one I have any reason to believe exists. I take a great deal of comfort in the idea that this life is all that I get, and so I’d best make the most of it.

Strong-minded, vocal atheists claim that God isn’t science and science isn’t God. But the implication that faith is irrational and only science knows the truth has no basis in fact.

“Science” doesn’t know everything, or indeed, anything. Science is a method, a way of accumulating, processing and using data to draw conclusions based on evidence. This is like saying, “Only baking knows the truth of food.” That’s just…bizarre.

What he’s trying to do is say that belief in something that cannot be proven and has, to coin a phrase, “no basis in fact” is also a valid way of perceiving the universe. It’s his way, sure, and perhaps valid in some ways, but certainly not, you know, accurate.

Some studies indicate that scientists actually go to church more than the general population.

[citation needed]

I can sort-of agree with what he ends with.

I feel for people who get stuck in any belief system, including rigid skepticism. They are signing up for the suppression of curiosity. As painful as it may be to question the faith you were brought up in, it’s worse to be stuck. The human story is about growth and evolution. That will remain true no matter who shouts loudest about God or the absence of God.

But you know…I’m skeptical about pretty much everything at first. Once I have a bit more information, and sometimes not even very much, if it’s from a source I trust, I go with it. My skepticism over many things isn’t hard to overcome.

The last two sentences are basically very true, though it is worth noting that while atheists might “shout” about the absence of God, we do so because our shout is a mere whisper compared with the god-obsessed society we live in. Also, I don’t know any atheist, and have never met any atheist, who would pass restrictive and oppressive legislation against people simply because they believe in God. That is certainly not a given when it’s coming from the other side.


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