A potpourri of microposts

This blog was born at the start of the calendar year 2016, almost two years ago. But I may or may not have mentioned that I run another blog under this pseudonym: my Tumblr blog (although I prefer using the term "tumblelog" for it, for the same reason that "dumbledore" sounds pleasing to my ears), which is exactly one year older, and on which I've made many more posts than here. Read More...

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The good, the bad, and the emergent neutral

During parts of college and early graduate school, I got mildly involved with some atheist/agnostic/some-general-category-of-nonbeliever clubs at my universities, primarily out of an appetite for hanging out with other students who wanted to ponder the kind of controversies that most interested me at the time. At around the tail end of this period, when I was preparing to extricate myself from my second university's atheist society for good, I was befriended by a young evangelical Christian who was about to leave the university and start a full-time career in missionary work. His recent approach had been to reach across the aisle and engaging with his ideological opponents: the campus atheists. Read more...

Confessions of a helpless epistemon

I was so pleased when I first encountered the term "epistemic helplessness", because it described my own mental state so much of the time. Feeling misunderstood is a hallmark of the emotional experience of the typical teenager, but probably most humans at any stage of life experience this emotion regarding some aspect of who they are. For me, I oftentimes think that the main element behind what routinely causes other people to not relate to me comes down to a state of epistemic helplessness which is fairly dominant in my perception of the outside world. Read more...