The Devout Rationalist

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:

A Community Letting Me Down

Dozens dead in a Connecticut school shooting. It's horrendous. It's also a political football already, which is even more horrendous.

No sooner had the reports come out, than the media and internet were full of assholes using it to push their agenda. This proves we need more gun control; This proves we need more guns in civilian hands; This proves we need more funding for random screenings of the populace, to detect mental illness; This means we need more religious crap in our society. read more>>>

Let Me Tell You How You Feel...

It's strange how we humans can be so different and so similar, all at the same time. I'm continually amazed at how often I find someone with whom I seem to agree on nearly everything, who then surprises me by saying or doing something completely, inexplicably identical to something a member of a group we both oppose would do. read more>>>

New Mantra

Darwin didn't mean we should...

"Faith Moves Mountains"

I occasionally think some rather odd things. Today, that seems to involve deeply analyzing old sayings and proverbs. In doing so, I may have stumbled upon something somewhat profound. 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 ( is dedicated to my thoughts both on gaining self-knowledge and using your mind to eliminate misunderstanding and delusion.