“…We want the same things…”

—Susanne Barakat

“If we were to peel away all of our layers of fear and hatred, and peel them back until we’re able to see eye-to-eye, and recognize that we’re actually all the same. We want the same things; we want to be loved, we want to belong, we want to live our lives and provide for our children. The only things that actually matter are kindness, compassion and love. If we could peel away our layers, and just get down to the one where we see eye-to-eye—then I think we’d have a very different world.” Continue reading ““…We want the same things…””

Theistic Evolution

Obviously, god did it.

Suppose you’re speaking with a believer who says, “Well I think evolution is true, I just believe that God designed the world through evolution.”

I think it’s great that the believer is so accepting of scientific research. It’s very, very important to learn about ourselves and our world! But let me spell out the differences between the neutral view and the theistic view. Continue reading “Theistic Evolution”

“Primates are collectively defined as any gill-less, organic RNA/DNA protein-based…

—Aron Ra

…metabolic, metazoic, nucleic, diploid, bilaterally symmetrical, endothermic, digestive, tryploblast, opisthokont, deuterostome coelomate with a spinal cord and 12 cranial nerves connecting to a limbic system in an enlarged cerebral cortex with a reduced olfactory region inside a jawed skull with specialized teeth including canines and premolars, forward-oriented fully enclosed optical orbits, and a single temporal fenestra, -attached to a vertebrate hind-leg dominant tetrapoidal skeleton with sacral pelvis, clavical, and wrist and ankle bones; and having lungs, tear ducts, body-wide hair follicles, lactal mammaries, opposable thumbs, and keratinized dermis with chitinous nails on all five digits on all four extremities in addition to an embryonic development in amniotic fluid, leading to a placental birth and highly social lifestyle.”

Quoted from 11th Foundational Falsehood of Creationism

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Hans in Luck | The Brothers Grimm

I like fairy tales, and a lot of good ones are not only in the public domain, but useful teaching aids as well. …although some of them teach a somewhat dark lesson… As a continuation of my “Secular Lessons” I’ll read some random fairy tales and copy-paste them on my blog. I’ll read them to my kid when he’s older.

Human speech is about 160 words per minute, and with that figure, I’ll post at the beginning of the stories how many minutes it might take to read it out loud to your kid. At the end of the story, I’ll post some questions I can think of (and maybe offer a few potential answers of my own), and if I happen to think of a fun activity to help further illustrate the story, I’ll also leave that as well.

Okay, here we go–the first fairy tale is from the Brothers Grimm, “Hans in Luck” Continue reading “Hans in Luck | The Brothers Grimm”

Baby’s First Year

Secular lessons for a newborn doesn’t put much emphasis on morality or citizenship, but rather the exploration of their physical surroundings.

This is a continuation of my Secular Lessons for Kids.

I figure it makes the most sense to start at age 0–baby’s first year of life. Check out my about page to understand my level of expertise: I’m not a pediatrician or an expert in child development. My knowledge is largely driven by the fact that I have a son, and he is now 1. His first year is still pretty fresh in my mind.

Continue reading “Baby’s First Year”

Are you going to dedicate your son?

I’m going to dedicate my son to free thinking and reason. I’m dedicating my son to good citizenship.

My sister-in-law asked me if I was going to dedicate my son. “Dedication” is a ceremony that many churches are doing these days for new arrivals. Families bring their babies to church and publicly declare their intention to raise their child as a Christian in front of the congregation. Since some of my family members don’t know that I’m atheist, I gave her an awkward look and just said Continue reading “Are you going to dedicate your son?”