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About Eh

I am a humble Canadian father of 4 kids with a passion for discussing religion and theology in general. I'd say I am an amateur philosopher with a knack for translating logical arguments into everyday language. I'm working at writing my first non-fiction book on atheism as well as a fantasy novel in addition to my blogging and tweeting. I have plans for a YouTube channel, but thats the next project after I get my blog going strong.

Teaching methods


How Evolution Works

This video, embedded above, was a really cool way to explain evolution. This post isn’t so much about evolution itself as it is, per the title, about teaching methods. I personally find animations such as this one to be a highly effective method of conveying information, especially ones that have the potential for controversy.

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Homeschool org shut down

Christian Home School organization Wisdom Home School was recently shut down by the Alberta Department of Education for apparent financial irregularities. This is, to me, good news. As many of you know, we homeschool our two oldest kids (3rd goes to play school, might go to public school, 4th is TBD), but we strive for a secular education. We aim to ensure they will be able to compete with other kind devices their age.

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Are lifeforms just super-efficient entropy machines?

Start by reading this and this. Both articles present ideas on how life and entropy may be interconnected. I find this incredibly fascinating. It also makes a lot of sense from a layman’s perspective.

Think about it. Pretty much every aspect of life is part of an intricate system that reduces complex mass and energy into less complex mass & energy. In other words…entropy.

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Religion harms children

Sadly, here I am discussing yet another story of a person’s religious belief harming a child. An evangelical Christian woman beat her son with a coat hanger leaving 36 vicious bruises. There’s a graphic image of the child’s back in the linked story.

I know not every child abuser does it for religious reasons, some are just abusive assholes, nor are all religious people child abusers. However, that doesn’t excuse or change the fact that certain religious beliefs are undoubtedly the reason behind some child abuse. Whataboutery won’t change this.

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Therapy Session II: Forgotten Elders

This post is inspired by this Tweet.

Many of you that follow me on Twitter know that my dad has been having health problems lately. He’s had several scary falls in the last few months & it’s become apparent he’s no longer able to live at home. He’s 72 & was in decent shape his whole life outside a 60-year long smoking habit he kicked a few years ago.

However, when he was 65 he had a bad motorcycle accident & hasn’t had use of his left arm since then. He did major damage to the nerves in his shoulder that left his arm basically paralyzed. He can move his hand & elbow a bit, but there’s no movement in his shoulder. This means that really can’t protect himself that well when he does fall. Luckily he hasn’t had any serious injuries from his falls…yet.

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Objective Morality

First, let’s define these two words:

ob·jec·tive
əbˈjektiv/
adjective

1. (of a person or their judgment) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.
“historians try to be objective and impartial”
synonyms:    impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced, nonpartisan, disinterested, neutral, uninvolved, even-handed, equitable, fair, fair-minded, just, open-minded, dispassionate, detached, neutral
“I was hoping to get an objective and pragmatic report”

mo·ral·i·ty
məˈralədē/
noun

1. principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
synonyms:    ethics, rights and wrongs, ethicality More

Together it is “A set of principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.”

In other words, if you have a standard of morality that cannot be influenced by your own feelings, you can have objective morality.

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Atheism vs. Theism

When debating with theists on Twitter, or any platform really, there is a common mistake both atheists and theists make; although 9 out of 10 times it’s the theist that makes the error and the atheist then errors by not calling them on it.

That mistake is to compare atheism to a specific religion.

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Threshold of Proof

Note: This was originally published on my blogspot blog on November 9, 2014.

Different people obviously have different thresholds for what they consider “proof”; let’s call that our “Threshold of Proof” or ToP because I’m lazy & don’t want to type it over & over. To me, Evidence is what leads to proof. Some people require multiple pieces of evidence to consider something proven while others require little to no evidence to claim proof.

Where am I going with this? Stick with me.

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