The Devout Rationalist


I got an junk email the other day from someone trying to convince me that there must be a god, since DNA is too complex to have ‘happened by accident’, and is irrefutable evidence of ‘intelligent design’ (oh yeah, and as Carlin put it “He needs money!”). My first thought was a reasoned response pointing […]

Which came first, the Jesus-Fish or the Humorist?

So I have a few more bumper-sticker observations! Of late, I’ve been seeing lots of Jesus/Darwin/Evolution/Truth/Crazy-ass Religious Nut fish on my morning commute. While I have to admit I enjoyed the humor, until I was overexposed to the whole thing, I still can’t grasp why there’s an argument in the first place! Any way you […]

God Bless America?

I’ve recently begun to realize that I do not, and may never have, lived in the USA. That is to say, not in the USA I had drummed into my head for oh so many years in social studies class. That USA is about individualism, and freedom, and responsibility, and getting out of life exactly […]

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About the Author

Despite a decade of Catholic school, I have never been a believer. I guess I was just born without the gene! Nevertheless, I've always tried to explore others' ideas and practices, on the theory that just because you can't use one part of a product, it doesn't mean you have to throw the whole thing away.
I spent over a decade traveling the world, and I've lived in both Europe and the US. I've read the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Koran. I've studied engineering, yoga, martial arts, shooting sports, and ballroom dancing. What I've discovered is that a) spirituality is just a spooky sounding word for any of a number of methods for learning about yourself and your mind, and b) whatever word you use, doing so is the single most important thing in learning to be happy.
My blog, The Passionate Rationalist ( is dedicated to my thoughts both on gaining self-knowledge and using your mind to eliminate misunderstanding and delusion.