And alternative or sister question would be – Does Intellectual Honesty Matter? So, what is so different about intellectual honesty from the regular or standard form? In this blog post I will explore what intellectual honesty is, and how it differs from other forms of honesty, and why it matters. I hold intellectual honesty in high … More What Is Intellectual Honesty?
“Another Santa Claus post,” some might groan, and “is this going to be an annual thing?” some might ask. Well, Santa is still alive, and I might write a post every year until he is no longer such. “What? You can’t possibly still believe in Santa. You even admitted that your proofs for … More Is Fun a Good Reason to Belief in Santa Claus?
First, the description I will give of the ethics of care is based on my own development of it. My familiarity of the literature on this type of ethical theory is limited. I have only came across it here and there, and also in an introductory book on ethics I read within the past year. … More What Is and What Can Be Done with the Ethics of Care?
Or, at least like it? This is do you like or love what you are doing, mainly presently? “Presently” maybe the main word here because I am talking about being able to live in the moment. Hence, this post will be about mindfulness, or at least my take on it. My take on it will … More Do You Love It?
Have you ever seen a mean person looking happy? I do not recall seeing one myself. Hence, why I have asked the title question. I will admit that I have not done anything near an exhaustive exploration of this question. So, in this post I will go with whatever I have observed, and what I … More Can Mean People Be Happy?
Or, There and Back Again This is the story about my “spiritual journey,” or not, so far.* I started out life as an agnostic, as I believe all of us have, and fell into being an atheist by default. Then, there was a relatively brief period of belief, and finally I once again became an … More How Did I Get Here From There?
A couple of Baxter’s Christmas time activities. Of course, cats do not ask questions, but I ask them for them. Well, Baxter for the most part. And, I do much more than that; I attach all sorts of intentions (belief, feelings, wants, etc.) to him. But, this question comes up fairly often. You put something … More “What’s That Doing There?“ asked the Cat.
[Preface: This is my second Christmas blog post, and hopefully it will turn into an annual event. My first blog was Does Santa Claus Exist?.] The first thing I will say is that the meaning of Christmas to an atheist definitely does not include the pious rhyme: “Jesus is the reason for the season.” This … More What Can Christmas Mean to an Atheist?
Or, at least a definition that is satisfactory to me. In this post I will explore what I think are two definitions of spirituality. The first definition I came up with (back in the early 1990s) is spirituality is the search for order. As a teaser, this would be close to the popular*¹ Einsteinian version … More Can Spirituality Be Defined?
Does personhood belong exclusively to human beings, or do animals have some of the moral characteristics of personhood too? This is an ethical blog. I intend to explore how we should treat animals, most particularly those that have some obvious kind of consciousness. At the same time I will investigate what personhood might be or … More Is Baxter a People Too?