Greyfoot's Blog (9)

Rape Culture?

I'd like to get people's thoughts on this blog post: http://wrongquestions.blogspot.com/2012/10/your-daily-dose-of-rape-...

Please disregard the comments following the post--as is so often the case, the discussion there becomes a pissing match, and therefore irrelevant. I just want to know what people think about…

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Added by greyfoot on November 15, 2012 at 5:27pm — 2 Comments

Chat

Again...no chat?

Added by greyfoot on January 17, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

An Unfortunate Film Review

I hate having to do this.



Defiling the sanctity of something I find precious--fiction. For whatever our beliefs (or non-beliefs), fiction is a personal forum, replete with all the amenities afforded to self-expression. With fiction, it doesn't matter what you believe or think, only that you're honest in the storytelling.



Which is why I find it distasteful to hear myself utter derisive sighs at the 2003 film Saints and Soldiers. A taut, unpretentious, intense,… Continue

Added by greyfoot on January 21, 2010 at 11:50am — 4 Comments

I Understand

In the middle of extricating myself from an out-of-control "debate" with an anti-Western America-hating extremist who was a Westerner herself, I realized--though not for the first time--that she and all other extremist ideologues are no worse than their ideological opposition. We were talking about Pat Robertson's idiotic comments concerning Haiti, and the discussion snowballed from there. I had to ask myself "Is she any worse than people like Roberston?" It's no wonder that extreme reactionism… Continue

Added by greyfoot on January 14, 2010 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Hilarious Video

This YouTube link is a lot lighter than my previous one. It's wonderful and hysterical, so, my fellow secularists, enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuwGhB8llRQ



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Added by greyfoot on December 22, 2009 at 4:56am — 3 Comments

Literalism: Bane of the Modern Intellectual Debate

Civil debate grows scarce these days. This is no revelation, I know, but it bears repeating. The example given in the post by Brian Fields is not at all unique. That same infallible fervor crashes most any political or intellectual debate, drowning out the exchange of ideas in sensationalistic slogans for the sake of conformity.



One of the symptoms of this, I feel, is literalism. Literal interpretation is a necessity for empirical reference, but the(a) paradigm of a free idea… Continue

Added by greyfoot on May 5, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Free thought...Seriously?

sigh...



Ralph Dumain has concluded that Sam Harris is an ignoramus. Be this a conclusion based on his own personal judgment, more power to him. But one wonders.



All of the "Four Horsemen" are steadily establishing themselves as independent thinkers, i.e., their ties to any ideology are tenuous at best. This is especially evident in Harris's lambasting of the left-wing ideology for its venomous lynching of anyone (in this case, Dutch politician Geert Wilders) who criticizes… Continue

Added by greyfoot on April 16, 2009 at 12:39pm — 6 Comments

More Optimism...

Ok, this may seem a little repetitive, but I like this columnist as well: http://www.insidebayarea.com/opinion/ci_11907550

Enjoy and comment if you like.

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Added by greyfoot on April 13, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Optimism

We all know of the common misconception about atheists/secularists: that we're all angry, bitter and hopelessly pessimistic. Such a generalization is as tenuous as any other, but that said, I feel there are a lot of pessimists walking around these days, no matter their personal philosophy. I'd surmised that I'd end up a pessimist as well, but I find that, as I advance in years, my negativity recedes more and more. That isn't to say I've become jovially naive, but I'm less likely to sneer and… Continue

Added by greyfoot on April 10, 2009 at 4:14pm — 2 Comments

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