Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Favourite Books of 2013

I managed to achieve my goal of 52 books this year (again), although didn’t go above and beyond this time. I thought I’d share my top recommendations, but you can see all the books I have read on Goodreads. But of course there are favourites each year, and these are the ones I’d recommend the …

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Link Love (2013-12-21)

Religion “But perhaps none of these harm us more than the subtle ways in which religion dulls our ability to think critically, the very capability which would enable us to see through the irrationality of everything else mentioned thus far. I call this a “silent killer” because it’s difficult to detect the ways this harms …

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Link Love (2013-12-14)

Thought-provoking “I’m not angry anymore. I’m simply wistful. I wish my parents could accept me rather than just tolerate me. I wish my parents could be proud of me. I can imagine a different story for my family, one characterized by the acceptance and even valuing of difference, disagreement, and diversity. Sometimes I long for …

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Link Love (2013-12-07)

Thought-provoking “Among Tumblr’s 140+ million blogs, social communities form around specific topics: music, fashion, photography, and also kinds of disorders. Months ago Laura was part of one such community, scrolling through hundreds of photographs on Tumblr that evoke negative emotions through art and call it depression. Black and white photographs of mystical emaciated women who stare off into the distance …

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Link Love (2013-12-03)

Thought-provoking “A ground-breaking theory suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy – rather, they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.” Theory finds that individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t lack empathy – in fact anything they epathize too much – seventhvoice 10 Things I Learned About Surviving Breast Cancer – …

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Secular Sunday: Losing My Religion, Part 4: Coming Out as an Atheist

I have been asked several times to share my story of how I went from growing up as an Evangelical Christian, to a Qur’an-only Muslim and finally as an Atheist. The only “beliefs” that give me no cognitive dissonance. In the words of Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The only position that leaves me with no cognitive …

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