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Superb Reading List for Atheists

It’s by the Humanists of Sarasota Bay.  The reason it’s so superb and wonderful is that Pot Stories of and Humanist Essays of Barbara Walker and I has just been added to the recommended Reading List—to me, anyway. 

I’m really honored to be in the company of such important authors.  I made the joke:  if the majority of Americans read these books it would it would knock modern “In God We Trust” society on…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on May 12, 2014 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

High School with Rudy Giuliani

 

Here's my latest eBook, kinky and fun as ever.  Plus it brings our a serious national problem that we all should be concerned about.  As always a five-dollar purchase will help me continue buying ads on Atheist/Nexus to support our important website—to go along with…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on March 14, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Craig's List Killer

Pennsylvania 'Craigslist killer' says she slayed dozens more across U.S. as part of satanic cult: report

 

My point is the failure of the educational system is leading to horror and chaos. Miranda Barbour was 19 years old when she and she husband committed this horrific “thrill murder.” At 19, she should have been studying science, history, comparative religion and literature. An educated mind would dismiss “Satanic cult”…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on February 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — 15 Comments

Pot Stories Review

OK, I'll admit it; I was down about the apathy and indifference that greeted my Pot Stories. It was my magnum opus after a life of inescapable unconventionality.  Viet Nam, NYU, the ‘60s, New York City and a smorgasbord of pot and hash, pretty much blocked the straight and narrow path.  Studying social psych with Phil Zimbardo made it improbable I would allow myself to be drafted in 1966 when I graduated, just before the Tet Offensive. In my opinion, every new Army recruit…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on December 24, 2013 at 6:56pm — 1 Comment

Ratzinger and Chaos Theory

Ratzinger and Chaos Theory 

 

As I watched Pope Benedict's helicopter sail off from Vatican City with an escort of angels taking him to some forlorn monastery, I wished the fuckin’ thing would crash!  No bull.  Hey, I’m a nice guy.  I’m a graduate of one of the best Catholic schools in Brooklyn.  Did I really write that?  I sure did, underscored and I’ll put in bold print.

All right, the following can’t be proved.  It’s pure supposition but it’s…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on October 9, 2013 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

Fun With "Actually"

OK, I’m tired of hearing the word “actually.”  I’m actually sick of it.  Really. 

I mean, what does “actually” really mean?  Most dictionaries define “actually” as “in reality”, really.  I mean “really.”  But why is it actually necessary to say “in reality” every couple of sentences.  “In reality” I feel sick.  Or “in reality” I don’t like people using “actually” every few sentences. 

As opposed to what?  Fantasy or unreality, right?  But why should I have to quality my…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on August 10, 2013 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Fun With the Book of Revelation

< Writers of the new testament 4+1 gospels (includes Acts) cribbed liberally from the OT, especially Isaiah. >>>

And where does The Book of Revelation fit in?  After all, it’s St. John the Divine’s bad LSD trip.  There has to be something sacred about that.

Aside:  How the heck do you get a name like St. John the Divine?  Do you think he called himself John the Divine?  He was a prisoner/slave working in the quarries on a remote Roman possession…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on July 21, 2013 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

A Compilation of Biblical Quotations by Barbara G. Walker

BIBLE MORALITY (compiled by Barbara Walker)*

Barbara gave me this list last year and said I could with it as I wish.  It’s copyrighted in the epilogue of Mirror Reversal, but I decided to share it with A/N friends and readers.  I love it because it’s so conspicuously “whacky and bizarre” that you can hit your religious antagonists in the head with their own beliefs.  After reading this list, the only rational conclusion, (I feel anyway) is that the…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on June 16, 2013 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Thoughts on the Afterlife

As many members of Atheistnexus expressed on these pages, I also was a victim of parochial schools.  Not just Catholic school but all the other institutions that teach students how to worship and adore God, some more regimented that others. I learned to “march in step” with all the other kids and kneel, sit, pray, sing, stand, then kneel again according to how many clicks there were or stern whispers from an adjoining pew.  

But in high school when I became a little more educated,…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on June 1, 2013 at 4:58pm — 5 Comments

Cultural Changes Caused By Legalized Marijuana

 

Having lived through the '60s, I'd say "deep and profound." 

American culture will shake at the rafters.  The most obvious will be the impact on Big Pharma and the Liquor Lobby, but the ramifications will be much more subtle and far reaching. 

First of all, as comedian Dennis Miller has mentioned, if Xanax and grass went head to head to see which is more beneficial, “Xanax would lose.”  Weed is cheaper, healthier, more effective and more fun to use.  Grass encourages…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on April 29, 2013 at 8:10pm — 35 Comments

Final Thoughts on the Pope, God Bless Him

As I watched Pope Benedict's helicopter sail off from Vatican City with an escort of angels taking him to some forlorn monastery, I wished the fuckin’ thing would crash!  No bull.  Hey, I’m a nice guy.  Did I really write that?  I sure did, underscored and I’ll put in bold print.

 

I’m a proponent of chaos theory.  The flap of a butterfly’s wing can cause cataclysmic changes given time and distance.  A seemingly insignificant event can change the world and the course of…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on March 1, 2013 at 1:30pm — 24 Comments

An Anecdote on Deuteronomy

Steph, I was just thinking about that piece.  All Barbara did was read the Bible and use a  magic marker on all the stupid and/or crazy quotations.  It’s beautiful in its simplicity.

Here’s a favorite of mine I was thinking about:

 

Deut. 25:11,12 - A woman who seizes a man's genitals, even to defend her husband from an attacker, must have her hand cut off.

 

What weird, sick mentality could come up with a moral directive like the above?  Let me…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on January 1, 2013 at 1:30pm — 18 Comments

Follow-up on Patraeus

Alan, I’m 68, so we’re just about the same age and probably have gone through similar experiences, especially during the time of the Viet Nam War. To me, the late ‘60s were life changing, to say the least.



I believe the answer to the problem we’ve been discussing lies in understanding Richard Dawkins’ selfish gene theory. I’m convinced evolutionary biology is the key to relieving much of humanity’s misery and suffering.



In the animal world following genetic impulses,… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on November 22, 2012 at 12:07pm — 12 Comments

An Atheist’s View of General Betray-us

When I heard the news that the director of the CIA had an affair with his sycophantic, fawning biographer, I was shocked, dismayed and flabbergasted.  Here he paid lip service to Biblical nonsense his whole life and now when he reaches sixty he admits to breaking the seventh commandment —big time.

Deut. 22:22 - Adulterers must be killed

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Added by Richard Goscicki on November 12, 2012 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Consciousness, Kafka and a DUI Story

I was thinking about consciousness.  In Reason #7 of my “Ten Reasons Not To Believe” post, I show pictures of the Vale Mine in the middle of the Amazon Rain Forest of Brazil as an example of how paltry Earth Consciousness (EC) is compared to fashion consciousness, celebrity consciousness or even car consciousness.  Most Americans would recognize over a hundred words for “car” if I’m allowed to use brand names—I saw a Taurus or I drove a Corvette.  Yet if asked, “How many of our genetic…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on September 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — 20 Comments

The Auto Da Fe

I was so blown away by this painting I needed to post it on my blog to try to draw attention to it.  The painting by Pedro Berruguete (1475) is truly remarkable and important because it’s sheer incontrovertible evidence of how sadistic and criminal the Christian mind is and has been in history. 

 

File:Pedro Berruguete - Saint Dominic Presiding over an Auto-da-fe (1475).jpg

 

 

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Added by Richard Goscicki on August 20, 2012 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

The Tragic Irony of Human Extinction

When I wrote Mirror Reversal in 2007, Global Warming was still uncertain and actively debated. Now massive destruction and human depopulation is as certain as the sinking of the Titanic once the fifth lower compartment was breached by the razor-sharp spikes of the iceberg. As the head engineer said, “It’s a mathematical certainly.”

My son, Rickie, a long-distance trailer driver recently told me that when he spends a night at a gigantic truck stop in the Texas, there’re…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on July 31, 2012 at 10:30am — 14 Comments

Ten Reasons Not To Believe

There’re many more reasons not to believe in the doctrines of organized religion.  These are ten of my favorites, not necessarily in the order listed.  You can probably think of many more. 

 

1.  If God is all-knowing, he knows the future before an event happens.  So before a baby is born, God knows if it’s going to hell or not.  If the baby is predestined to go “there” and God allows it to happen, we have to question if the Divine One is all-good.  I wonder if anyone ever…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on June 26, 2012 at 6:30pm — 40 Comments

An Interesting Look at the Dutch Masters

Just for a change of pace, I'm going to take a break from my usual scurrilous and derogatory rebuke of religious intrusion into government and our personal lives.  How about art and Humanism? 

This painting is a mindblower.  You probably saw it a thousand times on an old Dutch Masters cigar box without realizing the significance.  To me, it’s one of the greatest paintings I ever saw.    

Imagine you’re in Amsterdam in the early 1600s, Elizabethan times.  You see an imposing…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on June 16, 2012 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Religion Is Abomination

Religion Is Abomination

  Part I

 

Preface:  I’m not gay, but if I were I’d be pissed at some bronze-age fisherman or goat-herder declaring my genetic sexual proclivities to be “Abomination”—to be loathed or deplored.  I have news for you, I’d say, the whole screwy religion has caused more misery and suffering than same-sex lovemaking ever could.  At least nobody gets hurt when safely and consensually performed. It’s time we turn the tables…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on May 4, 2012 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

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