Baby Steps

The Phoenix arises [caption id="attachment_302" align="aligncenter" width="590"] taking it one step at a time.[/caption] Just announcing my return…   Turns out finding a job is hard… Don’t get me wrong, I landed one two months after starting to look for one. But I was wrong to think I would be…

In The Dust Of This Planet

The war on entropy [caption id="attachment_294" align="aligncenter" width="620"] The title of the book, on JayZ's jacket.[/caption] Ever since we lost the Concorde, the passenger airplane that flew faster than the speed of sound, I’ve felt like the world has been treading water in place. It just doesn’t rime with me,…

The sound of silence

Praying to the neon God [caption id="attachment_290" align="aligncenter" width="307"] The Anonymous community signature mask[/caption] I’ve been struggling with my atheism. Yes, yet another feature of Christianity that seamlessly transfers onto its anti-thesis. But unlike Christian priests I’ve not been struggling with the mere absurdity and internal contradictions of the thing…

The tree that wasn’t there

Questioning the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth [caption id="attachment_276" align="aligncenter" width="1032"] Trees are remarkably unstable constructs in philosophical discussions.[/caption] This is one of those posts that could be written in four different ways, which may explain why I restarted three times. The subject matter is so extensive that to merely…

The attack of the eleventh of september

Step into the breach [caption id="attachment_271" align="aligncenter" width="1231"] History contains many layers.[/caption] This post, I’ll admit, just got away from me. It started to be about something and then it turned into something very different. I hope that where you don’t agree with me, you do answer some of the…

The Case Against Science (2)

Live to fight another Day [caption width="253" align="alignnone"] Atomic weapon dropped over Hiroshima,1944.[/caption] In the first part of this series we took apart the ‘Case against science’ chapter of Vox Day’s book, ‘The Irrational Atheist’. As announced this was the easiest part. Something he wrote though triggered a battle inside…

The long kiss goodnight

Self-determination in the middle-ages and subsequent centuries [caption width="458" align="alignnone"] Cutting your cord.[/caption] It is often claimed that atheists have no respect for life. In no small matter this is because atheists are often known to be ‘pro-choice’ (defending the right for available, clean, safe and legal abortions) as well…

Sophie’s World

Science matters On the fourth of july 2012 scientists at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland announced certainty about the discovery of a new boson particle they conjectured to be the Higgs Boson. This was for some the end of a thrillers-series were the theoretical energy-range, were the particle was theoretically possible,…

The dilution deluded

A skeptic waits for his turn at the pharmacy reading a newspaper [caption id="attachment_255" align="alignnone" width="276"] Might be a quantum computer, might not be. If we don't check how would we know?[/caption] Throughout history we have been ignoring important information that, perhaps not individually, was rather trivial to obtain. Almost…

The Crucifixion

Executions in the 1st and the 21st century This post is not for the screamish. I vomited a little in my mouth when they told me ISIS was crucifying shia boys in Iraq. I was told they were very young and had clearly been tortured. I vomited a little because…

Garden Of Stone

Pvt. Hailaga 1ste Inf. 11/11/2015, Atheist [caption id="attachment_217" align="alignnone" width="1901"] Garden Of Stone[/caption] Native American’s that engaged in the tradition of carving totem-poles are said to have denounced any creativity on the part of the carver. The animals and shapes were already in the wood and it was the carver’s…

The Case Against Science(1)

“Ordering a weak martini and being snooty about it” In one of the episodes of The West Wing (Martin Sheen as) U.S. president Bartlet is ranting about the famous 007-pundit “Shaken, not stirred”. The whole point, he says, for stirring the martini with a plastic spoon is to let the…

God is love

Searching for the gap [caption id="attachment_193" align="alignnone" width="300"] Can we squeeze God through a gap of planck size? Because then we can be sure we can worship forever.[/caption] In this post we examine the plasticity of the god-notion theists have organized around the gaps in science.   Those of you…

25% more included (1)

For the women [caption id="attachment_182" align="alignnone" width="284"] Equality is commutative, you can turn it around without affecting the validity.[/caption] This post is the first in a series of two where I write one in favor of the feminist position and one in favor of the male position, this in order…

Brave Little Belgium

From the land of Silent People [caption width="278" align="alignnone"] Belgium, map of German occupation during WWI[/caption]   Four months into this blog I have come to realize I am not so much the Silent Atheist as I’m a closeted one. Make no mistake, I am telling everyone that says ‘thank God’…

One More Mile

I’m a Philistine. I don’t really care how my house is ‘decorated’, my clothes are all old and many of them have holes in them, things I posses have a higher chance than average of being fixed with duck-tape. If I was an American, I might be a red-neck in…

Two steps from hell

  I don’t believe in climate change! Don’t get me wrong; I know it is happening and that we are causing it, I just don’t think it is a very good thing to have. If that wasn’t kicking it an open door I don’t know what is. But a lot…

Fifteen Minutes Of Faith

I was raised a Roman Catholic boy. To most US-based theists this is like half-way to being an atheist but that is certainly not how the theists of Europe regard it. Catholicism over here regards itself as the conservative ‘original’ to the ‘modern’ flavors of devotion that came with Protestantism. …

The Software Of Things Not Seen

< \center> It is not the case that all atheists are skeptics. I do think all skeptics are atheists though, in a strict meaning. Yet I really want to avoid the whole ‘proper atheists’ or ‘good skeptic’ discussion. It’s safe to say that I do believe an atheist should be…

On My Signal Release Hell

In my post ‘Put your hands up for Ukraine’ I “suggested” Russia had interests in Ukraine. Recent events, I’m ashamed to say, put this historian in his place. Half a millenium of Russian history is about finding ice-free harbours for military and economic interest. We should have known they would…

The End Of Faith?

[caption id="attachment_137" align="alignnone" width="300"] Sinking of the USS Arizona, lesson of history ignored.[/caption]   There are two historical ‘laws’ you and I live by: “Everything always changes” (so you don’t know what you are going to get) and “Nothing ever changes” (so you always recognize what you get no matter…

Put Your Hands Up For Ukraine

“I can’t believe the news today…” That’s the words U2 used to describe the Bloody Sunday shooting of civilians in 1972. They exactly describe my feelings when I watched international news this morning. In Kiev civilians are being shot on camera (but unfortunately  not only by that camera) for occupying…

Doubt

It is not possible for the human brain to hold on to large volumes of randomly accessible detailed information. We know lots of things when we have time to think, but when we are on the go we often don’t do this. I have found myself at such unguarded moments…