The Devout Rationalist

Natural Childbirth and The Bradley Method(ish)

When Sabrina and I decided we would attempt natural childbirth, our next big task was to research what we had to do to make that happen. There were thousands of possibilities, but the major/best recommended ones came down to “get an epidural”, “Lamaze”, and “The Bradley Method”. read more>>>

“Political Religionists”

I first saw this term in this Ben Swann articleProblem With Libertarians on the internal divisions among those on the “liberty-leaning”/”libertarian” side of the political spectrum. read more>>>

Numinous Ruminations

Finally, a word to describe my worldview!

Yugen

How *NOT* To Be a Rationalist

An atheist group in Southern California has “won” their battle to have a religious memorial removed from the side of a highway. The memorial, consisting of large wooden crosses, was placed by the mother of a young man killed by a teenager incautiously driving an SUV several years ago. The atheist group, “The American Humanist Association of Riverside County”, wrote a letter to their city council making the accurate point that as the roadside was public land, a religious display was unconstitutional. read more>>>

The Lout Is Out

You know, I was among the first to sign a petition calling for a trial for George Zimmerman. It seemed to me we would need that to ever have a hope of finding the truth. Now that it's happened, the evidence I've seen shows his zeal caused the whole mess (just so you know my bias). That said, I'm seriously concerned by the reactions of all my "liberal" and "conservative" friends. read more>>>

Discrimination Can Be Hard to See...

David Niose, in his article for Psychology Today, makes a powerful argument for the position that discrimination against non-believers in our society is so pervasive that even many non-believers never see it for what it is. He uses examples from the responses to the Newtown shootings to demonstrate.

Boiled down: read more>>>

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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 (http://www.societyofreason.com/devoutrationalist) is dedicated to my thoughts both on gaining self-knowledge and using your mind to eliminate misunderstanding and delusion.