EXPOSING THE NONSENSE: ESSAYS OF A RATIONAL CRUSADER

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

Now that Donald J. Trump is President, just what kind of a job will he do? The answer lies in his psychology. The first thing to know is where his intelligence is. Everybody is smart in some areas, stupid in others. Show me a person brilliant in an area, and you will...

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Foolish Pride in Confederate Ancestors.

In American states that had been part of the Civil War’s Confederate States of America, it is common for folks to adorn their cars, homes, and when they can get away with it, public buildings, with Confederate flags. Defenders of these practices maintain that the...

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THE UNCELEBRATED HERO OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

The great popular hero of the civil rights movement in America is of course, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.who did more to rock the foundations of the Jim Crow segregated south than anyone. Arguably the finest orator of his age, he was courageous as he was...

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Atheist Demands

ATHEIST DEMANDS People, both religious and irreligious, often ask why atheists join atheist organizations such as American Atheists and New York City Atheists, and what their goals are. While I cannot speak for all, I can express my aims. To start, I have no desire to...

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Trump and the Downfall of the United States

TRUMP AND THE DOWNFALL OF THE UNITED STATES Donald Trump’s theme, “Make America great again,” is perhaps the most ironic of campaign slogans, for his election is actually a step in the possible downfall of the United States. In the arc of history great nations reach...

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The Trump Phenomenon

THE TRUMP PHENOMENON It does not require a history degree to realize that the 2016 Presidential election of Donald J. Trump will produce a plethora of books and articles on the subject, which is to say that my analysis is by no means the last word. True, he got less...

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HUMAN MIND VERSUS COMPUTER

Computers have certainly come a long way with the newest advance being artificial intelligence, the promise that computers will duplicate the human mind. Wonderful, and perhaps frightening as these machines will be, they could ever think as we humans do because a...

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WHAT MAKES A PERSON INTELLIGENT?

We label some people intelligent, but what does this term really mean? A common view is that it constitutes superior global intellect, meaning that some people have an overall intelligence greater than the norm. This is a fallacy. Except for the seriously brain...

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WHAT IS HUMOR, AND WHY DO WE LAUGH AT IT?

Humor, also known as comedy, can be visual, or be in the form of short stories called jokes, but whatever its form, it makes us laugh. This essay explains why. Put briefly, we laugh when relieved from something which is anxiety provoking. Imagine a caveman confronted...

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Why Extreme Income Inequality Hurts the Economy

A major political issue today is income inequality, a term I do not embrace because in a properly functioning economy there must, and in fairness, should be variations in income. What becomes problematic is when the inequality is extreme, a situation that now exists...

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Lawrence Samuel Shaw has been an atheist since his early teens. He has worked in government and the entertainment industry, and is now working on historical novels. The blog consists of essays about assorted subjects written from an atheist perspective.