Thursday, 31 January 2013

To the Universe: “I swear, baby, you’re beautiful the way you are”

I dare say there are two ways of looking at the development of knowledge over time. The first is like the progression along a ruler. As we learn more and more about the world, we scale the ruler and reach milestones – 5 centimetres, 10 centimetres, 15 centimeters... and so on.

But as we look back to where we came from, we notice that while we’ve moved forward, we can’t really tell the difference between where we started and where we are. It all rather looks the same.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

God is a cosmic mermaid

The other day, I was reading an article on atheism. The topic of the article really doesn’t matter since, to be frank, the moment an online article mentions god, everyone jumps down to the comments section and pretends the article never even happened. So there's a lesson, if you don’t want people talking about your article – mention God.

Reading these comments is like watching like a car crash: you're simultaneously horrified, remorseful and morbidly entertained. And you can't look away.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

A message from your friendly, neighborhood atheist

Alright, so previously I talked about whether or not an atheist can make a moral claim. There are different ways you could fall on this argument, but ultimately I also said the question is moot. What matters isn’t whether atheists can make moral claims (we’ll make them regardless), but whether we actually are moral.

So, are atheists good people? As always, the answer is complicated, and I suspect I’ll be returning to this question from time to time, because it’s a *really* good one to ask. 

Saturday, 12 January 2013

I’m a moral monkey (and so can you!)

I really find it interesting to discuss morality and how it relates to atheism. It’s a really important topic to me because, after all, what’s the point of getting so wrapped up in talking about this stuff if there isn’t some purpose at the end of it all? If asking these questions doesn’t somehow improve humanity?

I do believe that a secular society is a happier, more equal and more just society, but before I go there, I think I should first try to demonstrate that atheists can make moral claims in the first place.