Speech as an act of violence

May 19, 2013

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The vile, misogynist, hate-mongering trolls that plague the atheist movement have recently sunk to a new low. Last week, a guy named Justicar posted a video on Youtube in which he demonstrates how he used a photograph posted on Twitter by retired blogger Jen McCreight to find the location of her boyfriend’s house. Then he […]

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Why The Practicality Trolls are Wrong

May 11, 2013

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I’m going to start by coining a phrase: Practicality troll. n. One who blames young people for their own economic misfortune, on the grounds that they chose an impractical education or career path. Practicality trolls are not hard to find. One only needs to find a news article about the economic situation of today’s young people. Whether […]

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I’ve started another blog.

January 19, 2013

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I’m going to start this brief announcement post with the classic blogger’s apology. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting very often lately. Those of you who know me personally will probably have a pretty good idea of the reason for this, but for the benefits of readers who don’t, I’ll explain. I’ve alluded to a […]

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Thoughts on Veganism III: Kantian Carnivorism

December 16, 2012

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This is the third of three posts detailing my thoughts on veganism. The first post explained why I thought, at that time, that it was okay to eat certain kinds of meat, and announced the beginning a month-long experiment in which I temporarily adopted a vegan diet. That experiment is now over, and my second post […]

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Thoughts on Veganism II: Reflections on my Vegan Experiment

December 8, 2012

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My vegan experiment is finished. From the end of October to about two weeks ago, I abstained from all animal products with the exception of honey, and I returned to eating meat about two weeks ago. I think that, in general, the experiment was highly successful  It provided a new perspective which changed my perspective on […]

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Some Thoughts on Veganism

October 27, 2012

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I’ve recently started listening to the Citizen Radio podcast, because it offers a perspective on American politics and general social justice issues that is both insightful and hilarious, and because my grocery store is often full of drunk undergraduates from whom I desperately need a distraction. This has lead to an interesting situation in which […]

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Atheism Plus, Part Three: An Open Letter to the Haters

September 29, 2012

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This is the second in a series of three posts about the development of a new wave of atheism, called Atheism Plus. In this post, I will address the arguments of those who have been most vocal in opposition to atheism plus. The first post, which examines the foundations of atheist ethics, can be found here. […]

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