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New York Times book review of Sam Harris's new book

Sam Harris has already written these books, all of which I have read:

  1. The End of Faith
  2. Letter to a Christian Nation
  3. The Moral Landscape:  How Science Can Determine Human Values
  4. Lying
  5. Free Will

This month (September 2014), he has a new book coming out. It’s called Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion. I have already pre-ordered it on Amazon, and am looking forward to its arrival.

The link above is to a book review of Waking Up which was published in The New York Times, on August 31.


On Sleep, Non-REM Sleep in Particular, and Asperger’s Syndrome

Sleep is important. This is something with which no sane person consciously disagrees. People do sometimes ignore it — not on purpose, usually — but they do so at their own peril.


“I would accept that as an axiom.” ~Spock

I would also accept this as an axiom. It’s obviously true, but I see no way to prove it.


Losing my atheism

It’s gone.

I don’t miss it, either.

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The Misadventures of Jynx the Kitten, Chapter Two: Jynx vs. My Computer

Jynx: 1, Computer: 0. This started while we were watching Star Trek — the episode where Kirk and Spock go up against a planet full of nuclear-armed Space Nazis. 


These phrases, and questions, are likely to confuse people with Asperger’s. Unless confusing us is your goal (and why would you want to do that?), please consider alternative wordings.

Throughout this post, I will refer to people with Asperger’s as “Aspies.” This is not considered a derogatory term; it’s simply how we refer to ourselves.


Ten Easy Ways to Oppose Secular Superstitious Nonsense

It is a common mistake for skeptics, such as myself, to focus too much attention on religion. (To see the rest of this post, simply follow the link above.)


Names for Black Cats and Kittens

Names for Black Cats and Kittens

Once our new kitten came home today, I asked my Facebook-friends for suggestions for a name. That particular, very simple status message (“Name suggestions for a black kitten, please?”) now has well over fifty comments. In alphabetical order, here are most of the names which have been mentioned, so far, in that lengthy conversation. The kitten, by the way, is male.

  • Akiko
  • Aleister
  • Bear
  • Bluebird
  • Box

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The Misadventures of Jynx the Kitten, Chapter One

The Misadventures of Jynx the Kitten, Chapter One

We have a new kitten, and his name is Jynx. He’s between four and five months old, and has short black fur.

As the adults of the house were enjoying a nice, peaceful, Saturday afternoon nap, we were suddenly awakened by multiple crashes, along with the sound of glass breaking, from the nearby bathroom. According to eyewitness reports, my reaction was to jump straight up into the air, hair…

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