Sunday, July 31, 2011

An Inspiring Nietzsche Quote

"In the mountains of truth you will never climb in vain: either you will get up higher today or you will exercise your strength so as to be able to get up higher tomorrow."

- Friedrich Nietzsche
Human, All Too Human (1878)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I am Jack's Blog

This is something I've wanted to do ever since I started blogging. The month of August is going to be "Fight Club Month" here at Dead-Logic, in which I will do a series of articles on the movie Fight Club. I have said many times in my life that Fight Club has influenced my thinking and philosophy more than anything else. My hope is that "Fight Club Month" will help readers understand that this claim is only slightly hyperbolic.

There will be spoilers, so if you haven't seen the movie, that's your homework assignment before August. The film is rated R for disturbing and graphic depiction of violent anti-social behavior, sexuality and language, so don't watch around children, those with weak stomachs, or Baptists.

For you literature buffs out there who have read the book Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (the book on which the movie is based), then kudos to you. The book is excellent.

In closing, here are some of my favorite Fight Club quotes:

Friday, July 22, 2011

"Darwin's Acid" - Baba Brinkman

I love the lyrics to the song "Darwin's Acid" by Baba Brinkman (who gave us the Rap Guide to Evolution). Listen to the song and read the lyrics below...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Be Nice To Your Bank Tellers

[I quit my job at the bank. I've decided to return to school to continue my education. This is yet another new chapter of my life, and as I look forward to being a student again as well as continuing my martial arts training, I reflect on my experiences as a bank teller...]


Friday, July 15, 2011

Skepticalyrics: "Rebel Writer"

Here's an example of me not taking myself too seriously. Below you'll find lyrics I wrote which I call "Skepticalyrics." Think of this as atheist blog mixed with street poetry mixed with nerdcore. Just for fun. Happy weekend, everybody!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What is Atheism?

I've had several people ask me lately about the difference between an atheist and an agnostic. Best way I can think to explain that is by first defining the words. I've titled this entry "What is Atheism?" because I think any good explanation of atheism necessarily includes both defining agnosticism and distinguishing agnosticism from atheism proper.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Life Lesson: Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously

One of the best life lessons I've learned so far is, don't take yourself too seriously. Everyone wants to be respected, or at least liked, and bloggers especially want a large readership that sees them as good writers and respects them for their words and ideas. I'm no different. I want a lot of readers, and I want to be liked. I want you to think I'm really smart and a really good writer.

Doubt and Ministry

This is part three of the Q&A series based on my interview with Thomas Prosser. After I wrote this, I decided not to post it at first because much of it has already been said on my blog. As you can see, I have since changed my mind and decided to post it. It is part of the series, after all, and I still think it's worth reading. Read part one here: Fear of Hell, and part two here: Prayer and an Omniscient God.

Friday, July 8, 2011

What Rebecca Watson Did Wrong

"Elevatorgate" has lit a fire within me, because it brings up issues that really hit home. This is my third entry on the topic, which is telling of just how fired up I am about all of this. Hopefully the remainder of this blog entry will explain why.

What follows are my observations and analyses of what I've seen from Rebecca Watson and her ardent followers. My desire to write yet another blog post about "Elevatorgate" isn't because I'm all that interested in Rebecca Watson, Skepchick or whatever really happened in that damn elevator (after all, who really knows but Rebecca and Elevator Guy?). I care about the ongoing struggle to ensure women's rights, equality and security in a world that's been dominated by the patriarchy for way too long.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Richard Dawkins is a Dick...

... but we've known this for a long time. His sarcasm is as well-known as his intellect. So why are people acting like this is something new? Dawkins has made a career out of making bold, brash, and brazen comments meant to hit us in the gut as well as in the head. And yes, sometimes he speaks before really thinking about what he's saying (or so it seems, any way). His most recent comments are no exception:

Monday, July 4, 2011

Feminism and Mr. Elevator Guy


"Is my male privilege showing?

So I was sitting on the couch tonight watching episodes of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983 represent, son) and browsing Facebook on my iPod when I came across this link to the A-Unicornist:

Attack of the feminism: Richard Dawkins v. Jen McCreight edition

Few things would cause me to put the mighty He-Man on pause, but it turns out this issue is one of them.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

SMBC: "God is Like a Table Held on Three Legs..."

Mike the White, never failing to keep me informed on what's cool and awesome on the Internet, sent me a link to this installment of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Enjoy...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Journey of One: Purpose

[ This is part two of an ongoing series I call "Journey of One," which is meant to contain articles about me, my story, my journey, and the lessons learned from the life experiences. Here is part one: Journey of One: Brotherhood. ]