Will US airstrikes stop ISIS?

A Q&A with Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London.

Summer Twilight: A Humanist Sermon

On a night earlier this summer, a humid blue twilight in July, I stepped out of my home to run an errand. It was sweltering and heavy after the day’s heat, but it must have been the perfect temperature for fireflies. There were hundreds of them, swarming in the air and the grass, glimmering and [Read More...]

Ten cosmic myths

Why is the sky at night dark? What does gravity do? How big is the universe? Does time go forwards or backwards? The answers may surprise you . . .

My music website got a pretty hefty overhaul this weekend. New...



My music website got a pretty hefty overhaul this weekend. New pages for videos, projects, and info about my music and how to get it.
http://music.christophersisk.com

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9yss/524e1776

If you’ve purchased anything from my Bandcamp store recently, be sure to open that...

If you’ve purchased anything from my Bandcamp store recently, be sure to open that “Thanks” file for some special gifts!

Hint: It’s a 20% off discount code and a free download.

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"Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your...



"Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. To date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive, women won’t be compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves." —Emma Watson’s speech at UN Women’s HeForShe launch in NYC

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A short, 6 minute cut from the 1-hour longform ambient album...



A short, 6 minute cut from the 1-hour longform ambient album “The Last Days of September”

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9woM/524e1776

Richard Dawkins’ Reasonable and Proportionate Response to Criticism

As I’ve mentioned previously, Jerry Coyne of Why Evolution Is True wrote a post this weekend in which he let it be known that he was very upset with me and my article in the Guardian on Richard Dawkins. Well, you’ll never guess who showed up to post this unbelievable comment: Thank you, Jerry. I [Read More...]

A few wise words from Mr...



A few wise words from Mr Rollins

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Dawkins Needs Better Defenders

This week, I published a column in the Guardian arguing that Richard Dawkins’ sexism is overshadowing his contributions to the atheist movement. It got, shall we say, a large reaction. But not all negative, I hasten to add! I was very pleased with the amount of praise and compliments it attracted – I heard from [Read More...]

Complex Symbioses 1 from the album The Wind Under...



Complex Symbioses 1 from the album The Wind Under Water

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Highest respect to those early pioneers. I really wish I could...



Highest respect to those early pioneers. I really wish I could find and buy some of those very early avante-garde compositions.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/9uZa/524e1776

A classic Brian Eno documentary and my go-to description of what...



A classic Brian Eno documentary and my go-to description of what and why ambient music is.

Friday Night Music: Quiet Company

Over the summer, Chris Stedman published a list of his 20 best atheist or agnostic anthems. I’ve been listening to his choices and found a few artists that I like quite a lot. One of the groups that was new to me is Quiet Company, a formerly Christian band from Austin, Texas. Their 2011 album [Read More...]

Atlas Shrugged: Make the Trains Run on Time

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter V The band of crossties swept in wide curves around granite corners, clinging to the mountainsides of Colorado. Dagny walked down the ties, keeping her hands in her coat pockets, and her eyes on the meaningless distance ahead; only the familiar movement of straining her steps to the spacing of [Read More...]

Your Death Theology

death-cult-leunigThe horrors of fundamental and even of moderate Islam are obvious. But when Christians criticize the supposedly sacred ideas and writings upon which these Muslim’s support their horrible ideas (the Qur’an and Hadith), the Christians’ ignorant irony is laughable.  The above cartoon by the famous Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig captures that same tragic irony that I also expressed in my 2010 post “Your God is weird!”.  Death theology, Exclusivist theology, Tribal theology and all such wrong thoughts must be fought constantly — sacred or secular.  Freedom from stupidity is not a right, it is the tenuous fruit of constant effort.


I AM CURATING… An Exhibition with Katy Perry - jonCates...



I AM CURATING… An Exhibition with Katy Perry - jonCates (2014)

INSTRUCTION SET FOR PARTICIPATION IN EXHIBITION

STEP 1. DOWNLOAD ORIGINAL REWORK: http://systemsapproach.net/img/IAC_KatyPerry.png

STEP 2. INSERT MEDIA INTO TRANSPARENT AREA

STEP 3. UPLOAD TO TUMBLR

STEP 4. TAG “I AM CURATING”

Link: http://systemsapproach.net/img/IAC_KatyPerry.png

LIGHT: A Generative Album has a new website with a pop-out...



LIGHT: A Generative Album has a new website with a pop-out player. BIG thank you to all my LIGHT subscribers out there for supporting the project. I <3 you all!

#ambient   #ambientmusic   #music

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Noam Chomsky & The Scottish Vote

scotland2Today is the Scottish vote — exciting history! Yet this issue will really tell us nothing more about the nation-state than so much more in our news.

At the bottom of this post is a great interview with Noam Chomsky where he uses the Scottish vote issue to discuss several of the deep, complex political phenomena feeding this vote.  Chomsky puts today’s event in perspective to the rest of the world, as is his specialty.  He is brilliant.

Noam Chomsky (wiki) has taught me much through the years. I haven’t always agreed with him, but then that means nothing. His last line from the interview was one of my favorite.  He made it after many, far-from-subtle attempts by his clearly leftist interviewer to get him to give a aphoristic nugget of socialist wisdom.

“there are no illuminating single phrases that capture the complexity of human life”

Oh I loved that. And among his many anarchist insights he also discusses:

  • the tension between regionalism & centralization
  • the inherited disaster of imperialist borders
  • how Capitalism would be an improvement over what we have today, but still inferior

Pic source: amttravel.com
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New on the Guardian: Atheism Doesn’t Need Richard Dawkins

It had to be said. My newest column on the Guardian is titled “Richard Dawkins has lost it: ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name“. It’s about Richard Dawkins’ indefensible regression to gross and ignorant sexism, after a brief period in which it seemed he was flirting with enlightenment regarding the treatment of women in [Read More...]