Light thinks it travels faster than anything… But it is wrong.

No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always arrived there first, and is waiting for it.

Terry Pratchett

The Universe

Infinity is intrinsically
limitless in its immensity
Boundless for eternity,
ubiquitous in its perpetuity
Mathematically we see asymmetry,
yet left and right look the same to me
A vast expanse of continuity,
its synechism more than theory
It sings to me like a symphony,
yet I cannot grasp it mentally
Pervasive, it is invasive.
I am everywhere,
for it is me.

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must—at that moment—become the center of the universe.

Elie Wiesel

An introduction to the Bible

There are arguably about as many ways to interpret the Bible as there are words in it. However, each typically falls into one of a few main ideological stances. As a quick primer for my upcoming multi-part blog post series, I’d like to take a quick look at these three basic schools of thought. I will do my best to describe each without bias, but as an atheist, I suspect my biases will percolate to the surface, regardless. At any rate, let’s take a look at how I’ll be viewing the Bible in the upcoming months.

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The most profound images ever taken

These images are snapshots of our crowning achievements in space exploration. Each image represents a giant leap in mankind’s understanding of the world and the universe in which it exists. We’ve come so far, and yet we’ve only just begun. If we are to continue to thrive in our brief existence on this planet, we must always continue to look out beyond the horizon of our current understanding…

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A promise to my mother

I came out of the closet as an atheist long ago. And while some might say “big deal”, here in the deepest recesses of the bible belt, surrounded by the belief that Atheism=Satanism, it actually is a pretty big deal. The stigma attached to the word atheism in this neck of the woods is pervasive, and those branded with it are looked upon with contempt. Depending on the circles you keep, coming out atheist in this area could be very similar to coming out homosexual. Both are seen as being (to about the same degree) socially unacceptable and morally reprehensible by an overwhelming majority of the population. Which is why many atheists around here are at church every time the doors are open. Read More

Unlocking the golden door

Now that campaign season is in full swing, it’s time once again to be reminded of how terrible those damn Mexicans are… With candidates on the right already appealing to the prejudices and predispositions of their constituents, I thought we should take a brief look at the history of immigration to the Americas. You know, BEFORE the Mexican rapists feel compelled to build the impenetrable wall to keep themselves out… Read More