Loren Miller's Blog – January 2010 Archive (6)

Willpower, The "Slacker" Brain, and Religion

I just got done listening to a fascinating piece on NPR's "Morning Edition," which dealt with two major processes within the brain and the internal conflict which can occur between them. This was demonstrated by an intriguing experiment described in the story involving memorization of a number which could be from two to seven digits in length, followed by a distraction in the form of a choice between… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on January 26, 2010 at 8:13am — 6 Comments

Regarding the Recent Supreme Court Decision

I have just sent the following to:



  • Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge
  • Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown
  • Ohio Senator George Voinovich


In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision which, for all intents and purposes, strikes down the McCain-Feingold campaign finance laws, let’s get something straight here:



You were voted in by THE PEOPLE, NOT some corporation with deep pockets, NOT some lobbying group with a lavish budget, but the… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on January 22, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

From the Earth to the Moon

It’s a fact: unemployment consists mostly of boredom, at least in this day and age. This is a fact I’ve actually had very little problem in adapting to since 1) I like my own company and 2) I generally have no problem finding SOMETHING to do with myself under such circumstances. There is a degree of routine which you get into regarding dealing with the weekly exigencies of filing for unemployment, storing the notices returned by ODJFS, checking out the weekly job offerings from Monster… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on January 20, 2010 at 8:06am — 2 Comments

Are Theists Unnatural? My Shot At An Answer

I've been reading the post and discussion from Alber Crombie's discussion, "Are Theists Unnatural?" with great interest. I started writing an entry to their discussion and found myself writing the proverbial War and Peace in response. Rather than deluge their discussion with my… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on January 17, 2010 at 2:32pm — 2 Comments

The Wisdom of Laine Hanson

Not that long ago, I watched a somewhat entertaining movie entitled The Contender. Said movie posits the death of the currently seated Vice President of the United States and proposes a bold replacement: a well-qualified woman who is also an atheist. Said woman is one Laine Hanson, played credibly by Joan Allen. Her character is made purposefully controversial and while I do not agree with all her positions, I find her attitude about the relationship or lack thereof between religion and… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on January 4, 2010 at 7:55am — 1 Comment

The Wisdom of Frank Zappa

I was just perusing positiveatheism.org when I came upon the following. I always knew (especially from his testimony on Capitol Hill regarding the "suggestive lyrics" foofaraw that Zappa was intelligent and well-spoken, but this just about says it all regarding the whole god and religion kick:



The whole foundation of Christianity is based on the idea that intellectualism is the work of the Devil. Remember the apple on the tree? Okay, it was the Tree of Knowledge. "You eat this… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on January 2, 2010 at 6:30pm — 18 Comments

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