The Devout Rationalist

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>>>

And This Why You're Wrong...

Have you ever tried to persuade someone to change their mind? I don't mean disagreed with someone, I mean really set out to alter their outlook on a topic. Did it work? If so, do you remember how you did it? For that matter, if it didn't, do you remember what you did wrong?

It's no secret that while there's little clear correlation between IQ and non-belief in the general population, those who are non-believers tend to be more "intelligence-oriented". read more>>>

A Skepticon Presentation Everyone Should See

I saw this link on Greta Christina's blog today. It is surprising, moving, and really important for everyone to listen to. read more>>>

Happy Reflection Day!

I've mentioned before how I'm not a fan of the term "Thanksgiving", because of it's supernaturalist overtone, but I do love the custom of setting aside a day to reflect on the good things in our lives, and take stock of our relationships with friends, family, and lovers. read more>>>

What Meditation Can Do

Many of my fellow skeptics/rationalists/atheists/etc. look at me askance when I mention that I meditate. They seem to feel that because meditation is a major part of some religions, that it must be inextricably linked with superstition and irrationality. It's a hard sell to convince them that you can meditate and not really believe that you are controlling mystical energies or visiting a higher dimension.

The funny thing is, I first learned to meditate during my martial arts training, from some very hard-headed, practical (and sometimes a little scary) people who never once mentioned any of that fluffy metaphysical crap. read more>>>

Naked Emperor: Why Believers Are So Threatened By Non-belief

In the US, there's been a lot of very public press for Atheist/Agnostic/Skeptical/Etc. groups lately, and it's got some folks really bothered. I'm sure you've heard of the various billboard, print, and airplane banner campaigns, and the resistance they've faced. Letters are written, billboards are defaced, stores are boycotted, pilots won't fly, and rambling, illogical editorials are showing up in papers and online. 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.