The Devout Rationalist

Judge not, lest ye be... human?

I want to talk about judging. All my life, I've heard people say things like "Don't judge him. You don't know what his life has been like." Religious folks get in on the act with the old "Judge not.." chestnut, etc. I've always taken this to mean, "Don't form an opinion about someone's character if you don't know them, or their situation." This seems at least superficially reasonable, so it's never really occurred to me to question it.

But here's a conundrum for you. How does one exercise one's moral opinions, without judging others? read more>>>

Not All Fanatics!

I'm so sick of the parade. Time and again we see it. Some nutbag religious group kills a bunch of people in the name of their religion, and out they come, the torrent of 'moderate' religious folks, shrilly wailing that we can't think badly of every member of a group, just because 'some fanatics' did something evil. read more>>>

The Obligatory Post

Well, it's that time again... read more>>>

Don't Do Dogma!

One of the hardest things about being a rationalist is the realization that critical thinking is *not* what your human brain is designed for. The moment your attention strays from trying to think rationally about something, its natural laziness and prejudices sneak in, and nudge you off-course. read more>>>

Objective Morality, And Other Fairy Tales

There are moments when I feel like all is lost. When I realize that no matter how hard we may work to free ourselves of our primitive instincts and destructive beliefs, every one of us is still vulnerable to the same irrational biases and unclear thinking that has plagued most of humanity's history. read more>>>

How I Became An Atheist

I've gotten a few queries about this over the last year or two, and I wanted to detail my process, so as to leave no questions in anyone's mind. I think it's important to note that I don't label myself an atheist, in general. Trying to define oneself as a "not" is really difficult. I'm *not* a rapist, either, but I don't really want to be known as an "arapist". 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.