In the United States, consumerism and holidays go hand in hand. And nothing displays conspicuous consumption better than the candy isles at large retail chains during the preceding weeks before CERTAIN upcoming holidays. Certain being the key word here. Because, as I will argue, not all holidays in celebration make ritual the consumption or gift giving of candy. Oh no, some blatantly deny these sweet treats to be in attendance. So who are the bouncers at the holiday doors? And what are the motives
Updated February 26, 2013 at 04:54 PM by realitybites
I have put together a collection of my writings on atheism. Download PDF by clicking attachment at bottom of page.
Updated December 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM by realitybites
*Update September 24, 2012 ~ Just finished Mortality. It is a short book... can be read in one or two sittings. I highly recommend it to all Hitchens fans and anyone else interested in the personal dialogue that goes on in one's head when dealing with cancer and terminal illness.
The late, great Christopher Hitchens' book, Mortality, is being published posthumously on September 4, 2012.
Updated October 15, 2012 at 02:52 AM by realitybites
*Update September 29, 2012 ~ The Overheated, Oversexed Cult of Bikram Choudhury
It's been a long time since I've poked fun at a group or subculture. Oh wait, I did just write a snarky piece about pretentious philosophers. Anyhow, it feels like a long time. And it has been a while since I crucified spiritualists and castigated climbers. Sometimes, it just feels good to say what you really think. There's nothing wrong with vocalizing an opinion as long as you focus on an acquired status
Updated September 29, 2012 at 05:52 PM by realitybites
Why do philosophers use abstract words to describe abstract concepts? I'm not absolutely certain, but I have some theories.
Here is an example of writing by philosopher, Michel Bitbol:
"The metaphysical translation of this process of isolation of certain “subjective” statements with respect with the other types of statements is either dualism or reductionism: dualism if one projects the two-realms
Updated August 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM by realitybites