Archive for February, 2007

I’ve been very careful in selecting the title to this piece. “This Week in God”® is the property of The Daily Show, of which I’m a great fan, and it’s my favorite regular segment.
The problem is that the antics of religious believers are so varied and numerous that an approximately-weekly TV segment […]

“The Creator is a comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh.”
H.L. Mencken
Good drugs
If, as I have indicated elsewhere, religious experience is all in the brain, then it can be self-induced and -maintained, just as with any other mental state, such as meditation or artistic performance. To a secular humanist, feeling good by thinking about […]

“There are scores of human insects who are ready at a moment’s notice to reveal the will of God on any possible subject.”
George Bernard Shaw
Comic/magic masters Penn and Teller say it right out – bullshit. In fact, it’s the title of their TV show. They’re hard-core skeptics, secular humanists, and libertarians. My […]

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TO: Paula Zahn/CNN
From: Alan Perlman, PhD
Author, An Atheist Reads the Torah: Secular Humanistic Perspectives on the Five Books of Moses
Reginald Finley
We were appalled and frightened by the vicious anti-secular propaganda of your January 31 broadcast, in which you exhibited such rank discrimination as to include […]

Over the years, I’ve done a lot of reading about the future — philosophy, futurism, trend-spotters, and psychics. At this point, the person who seems to have the best insight is Forrest Gump’s mom, with her famous observation that life is like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to […]

“How terrible to watch a man who has the incomprehensible within his grasp, doesn’t know what to do, and sits down playing with a toy called God.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This is, I regret to say, the first of a number of entries which record the religious atrocity of the day.
January 31 was a holy day in Iraq, […]

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