Religion and Philosophy

  1. Survivors' Guilt

    I'm a survivor. I have survived two major medical illnesses. Why have I arrived on the other side whereas others with similar illnesses have lost the battle or are continuing to fight for their lives—daily, hourly? Why me? Why not me? When I got spinal cancer at age 16, I could have felt pity for myself. Instead I decided not to be a victim but rather a warrior. I was going to live, dammit. Thirty years later, I remain cancer free. I have a few scars—battle wounds—but I am walking and...
  2. Chasing Brett

    When I was fourteen years old, I fell in love for the first time with a boy named Brett. He was fifteen, handsome, and tall, with silky black hair. He looked a bit like a muscular Steve Perry—frontman for the band, Journey. At the end of the summer—that summer of my first love—Brett and his family moved to Florida. I never saw him again. Brett and I never kissed or even dated. Too many obstacles kept us from hooking up. First off, he was my boyfriend Scott's best friend. They had been...
  3. Is World Peace is None of Your Business a Concept Album?

    The album, World Peace is None of Your Business, is about human agency—particularly the structures which limit it. Human agency is the capacity for humans to make choices. In World Peace is None of Your Business, Morrissey describes numerous situations where agency is limited or influenced by structures outside of one's control. Many of the songs address society's pressure to make individuals conform. Several other songs concern themselves with freedom: how much and how little the...
  4. Practical and Everyday Anarchy, Anyone?

    World peace is none of your business You must not tamper with arrangements Work hard and sweetly pay your taxes Never asking what for What is Morrissey saying? Where are his ideas coming from? Russell Brand? Perhaps. But Brand is not a creator of ideas just a distributor with a comedic twist. I think the real thinker behind it all is Stephan Molyneux. I've just started reading his books which are all available for free as audiobooks or eBooks on his website. His Freedomain Radio Podcast...
  5. Ode to the Semicolon

    I am not open-minded; My brain is not elastic; It's more like hardened plastic. I know you must agree; It is not difficult to see; Denying it would be silly. My beliefs are firmly planted; Opinions sort of cemented; Rarely changing over the seasons. A paradigm shift is unlikely; The skeptic in me prevents it; You'll have to do some persuading. Emotional appeals won't do; Reason and evidence are what's needed; Do you have what it takes to convince me? Debate is what I love to do; It's...
  6. A Construct About Constructs

    There is no such thing as objectivity. Everything is a construct—constructed by subjects. No one is capable of being completely objective. We all start with a subject—ourselves. Even in eastern philosophy—though they fervently deny there is such as thing as 'self'—a person cannot think, feel, make decisions, or critiques without the self being a part of the picture. All film, food, art, and music critics critique from a place of subjectivity. Even you do. You choose to read about certain...
  7. A Disembodied Mind

    A disembodied mind could be an immortal mind. I want to have my mind uploaded before dementia sets in. Then all that data to be downloaded into a computer. I would be happy to be without a body. Would actually prefer for my mind to be disembodied. I could live inside a computer. People could download an App if they want to access me, interact with me. I could have an online blog/website where I continue to post my thoughts and whatnot. I could have instant access to all the information on...
  8. A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

    If in the future, we have the ability to save minds from disease and decay, should we make them immortal by housing them in new bodies every three decades? Or should we let them die to make room for new minds? What if overpopulation were not an issue? Or if we could house the minds in computers? Should we keep minds alive forever? I say yes, we should. Don't you think it is more tragic for a fully developed personality to die rather than for a new 'potential one' not to be born? Let the...
  9. Milk, Meat, Auschwitz, and MorrisseyOy Vey!

    Morrissey states: "If you believe in the abattoir then you would support Auschwitz. There's no difference. People who would disagree with this statement have probably never been inside an abattoir." < Are his comments insensitive, even crass? Well, yes. The Nazis DEHUMANIZED Jews, gays, Gypsies, the handicapped, and other undesirables, under the UNSCIENTIFIC theories of Eugenics, reducing the status of these humans to the status of non-human animals. So, Auschwitz victims were...
  10. Philosophy Podcasts

    This will be an ongoing entry, to be updated regularly with new podcasts and audio files. My faves are noted with a ♥. Podcasts hosted by Alan Saunders noted by *. (All digital art/images are by me.) The Existentialists: Albert Camus (reluctant philosopher/reluctant existentialist): Considered himself to be an absurdist rather than an existentialist, because unlike the other existentialists, he wasn't concerned with metaphysics, existence. Never believed himself a philosopher, but...
  11. Happy Secularmas!

    Best of the Hitchslap! [MEDIA=youtube]mQorzOS-F6w[/MEDIA]
  12. Coffee Break With the Hitch

    Hitchens was one of a kind. His wit, intelligence, graciousness, class, humor, charisma, voice--oh that voice--were like none other. Such a loss. Tragic. A brilliant man's life cut short. A man that should have been the one saved on that hypothetical, over-capacity lifeboat. Some lives are more valuable than others, sorry. Don't believe me? Place Hitler next to Hitchens. Who do you save? Sometimes I feel like my compass is a little wonky without him. I'm on my own. It is sometimes difficult...
  13. A Manual for Creating Atheists

    [MEDIA=youtube]8f70wZ-mLR8[/MEDIA] This is a summary/study guide of sorts for myself and anyone else interested in Street Epistemology. *I am learning to be more tolerant and less judgmental through reading this book. The title is slightly misleading. This book is not about evangelizing. The goal is not to convert anyone into an atheist. The idea is to teach critical thinking skills which will move a person from a faith-based epistemology to a reason-based one. Hopefully this will further...
  14. An Atheist's Last Wish

    In the event of my death, Please kindly hold your breath. Loved ones do not wish you to quote, Vacuous death cliches, Uttered by rote. You claim to speak from the heart, Offering condolences and support. But my prayers are with you, rest in peace, And she's in a better place, are insulting, To rationalists in mourning. If you must say anything, Just a few simple words will do. Tell my family and friends that, You are sorry for their loss, And for your own loss too.
  15. Quotable Me, Quotable Him

    *Updates about Google search results at bottom of post. So, the other day, I did a Google search for my name, Jehne Lunden. Oh come on, you know you have searched your own name as well. Anyhow, on page eight I found my name was linked to a website titled, Evidence for Christianity. Of course I was curious, so I went to the site to see what was up with that. Lo and behold, some student in a Christian Apologetics Certificate program, quoted me in his research paper. Thanks for asking...
Loading...