Category Archives: philosophy

How Atheists Are Also Often Spiritual

Can an athe­ist be spir­i­tu­al? I posed this ques­tion on social media and the respons­es ranged from the resound­ing­ly affir­ma­tive to out­right neg­a­tive. Exam­ple of the affir­ma­tive: “Cer­tain­ly. I’m an athe­ist, but I spend more time think­ing about spir­i­tu­al things … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Holy Shit” of Terror: Middle Ages & Renaissance

Ser­i­al killers are a spe­cial kind of breed for law enforce­ment agen­cies. This has been a pop­u­lar germ for numer­ous movies and count­less nov­els. Detec­tives inves­ti­gat­ing ser­i­al mur­ders build a pro­file of the killer based on gath­ered evi­dence, then match … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Wheels of Friendship

When I reached high school, my curios­i­ty led me to won­der, how do a train’s wheels, which are on a fixed axle, nego­ti­ate a curve? If a pair of wheels nego­ti­ate a curve, the out­er wheel has to trav­el a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Relating, Relationships & Relativity

There are some peo­ple who, many times, say things we our­selves would have said. Their thoughts seem to mir­ror ours so often that it is aston­ish­ing. We relate to them, their ideas, their feel­ings. This does not hap­pen often with … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Giving Space Often Brings Us Closer

A very good friend of mine is deeply reli­gious. Nei­ther his reli­gion, nor my athe­ism came in between our friend­ship. Anoth­er close friend and rel­a­tive is deeply spir­i­tu­al. Despite my mate­ri­al­is­tic world­view, we under­stand each oth­er bet­ter than most oth­ers … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Assertive vs. Aggressive: Why It Matters

This is in response to Atul’s An Aggres­sive Asser­tion, in which he delves into the pos­si­ble dif­fer­ences between the two. As always, his post is beau­ti­ful­ly writ­ten, but goes off in such a tan­gent to my frame of ref­er­ence, that … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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What The Hell Is Divinity?

A few blog posts and con­ver­sa­tions with friends have made me unqui­et about the con­cept of Divin­i­ty: What is Divin­i­ty and what does it mean? Back­ground My friend Asuph wrote about Divin­i­ty in 2004, when I had not even start­ed … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Mentally Challenged, Raped, Pregnant. Abort?

While Barack Oba­ma pro­claims White House sup­port to the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties to which India is a sig­na­to­ry, the Indi­an Supreme Court has deliv­ered a land­mark judg­ment in a unique case of young woman … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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