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Jon Henshaw

Can civil discourse be saved by Perspective?

It’s become rare to find comment threads on news articles that are civil and thoughtful. Instead, most comments are full of people calling the opposing side names and telling them why they’re wrong. People who reply typically use the same tone and defend their own points with religious-like vigor. Nobody is listening and nobody’s minds […]

Trump will usher in a new era of Nones

Information is the enemy of religion. There’s a direct correlation between access to dissenting, logical information about a religion and ones beliefs and devotion to it. This becomes exasperated when you introduce cultural phenomenon, like the mixture of politics and religion that are incongruent with each other and society as a whole. This is especially […]

My Overweight Child

A good portion of my childhood and adulthood has been spent being overweight. I hate being overweight!!! For a guy, being overweight means you have moobs (aka Man Boobs), which means you either want to cover them up and/or slouch to reduce the moob effect. For me, it ruined my posture and made me slouch […]

Tips for surviving international travel with small children

Adults often dread long flights for international travel, but it’s even worse if you have to manage small children. My husband grew up overseas and slept all the way through his first 12-hour flight at three months old. Not all parents are that lucky, but there are several things you can do to cope. Fly […]

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

It’s no secret that adding bacon to just about any recipe will make it taste even better. In fact, it is a truism that even applies to sweets. I recently saw a picture of cinnamon rolls that were rolled around bacon and knew that my tongue needed to experience it. Cooking Bacon Cinnamon Rolls The […]

The Flappy Bird creator is the only real friend you have

In a world of games like Candy Crush, game creators borrow from pscyhology to intentionally make their games as addictive as possible. Players then allow these games to rob them of their precious time. Time away from socializing, relating, loving and even creating. If the game creators are lucky, they can make a lot of […]

How to throw a Minecraft LAN Party

My son just turned eight and he wanted to have a Minecraft themed party, so I figured why not throw a LAN party! Minecraft Server If you’re going to have a Minecraft LAN party, you might as well run the server locally. I chose to go with McMyAdmin, because it’s easy to use and also […]

How “Cards Against Humanity” pwned Marketing in 2013

If you’ve never heard of Cards Against Humanity (CAH), then you’re probably a boring, prudish person with boring, prudish friends. And that’s okay, I’m just saying. CAH is what Mad Libs would be if it was turned into a card game and everything was dirty and awful. Basically, it’s the best card game you’ll ever […]

How to enforce computer time limits on your Mac

If you have a computer in your home that’s used by your children, then you probably struggle with how much time they spend on it. And even if you try to regulate the computer time when you’re around, some children will respond by getting up early – well before you’re awake – to use it. […]

How to opt-out of telemarketing calls, junk mail and phone books

I have yet to meet anyone who loves getting unsolicited phone calls, junk mail or giant phone books on their front porch. Unsolicited phone calls are annoying, junk mail just piles up and gives us even more to recycle, and phone books are useless in the age of the Internet. Luckily there are resources to […]

The Fool Story

My parents taught me that I was God’s creation and that I was loved unconditionally by Him. They told me that the Bible was God’s Word and that it was perfect (something the Bible conveniently states about itself). They made it clear that all things good come from God, that Christianity was the source of […]

False Hope

Some of the simplest and shortest sayings that people use in U.S. culture are actually overly complicated and philosophically wrong. They’re used to comfort those who are anxious or emotionally stressed, much like the religious institutions they are connected to. Take for example the saying, “everything happens for a reason.” It’s something that people tell […]

Ignorance

I was thinking about ignorance today. I realized – I doubt for the first time – that ignorance is not just one thing. There are different types of ignorance. Different reasons and circumstances for why people experience ignorance. Incapable of knowing ignorance Some people are ignorant, because their life circumstance doesn’t permit them to know. […]

Physical punishment linked to mental disorders

My wife and I were spanked as kids – me more than her πŸ™ – and we seem to have turned out as relatively healthy adults. Of course, neither of us liked being spanked, and I never took well to it. Even as I near 40-years-old, I have vivid memories of being spanked, not understanding it, […]

Religions’ number one enemy: Knowledge

Since my wife and I became freethinkers – we were formerly evangelical Christians – we’ve had many discussions about the culture our children are growing up in. We are Southerners, and we live in a neighborhood that is predominantly protestant. Almost everyone we come into contact with goes to church, and their kids are active […]

It’s gonna be o.k.

I live in a neighborhood (just South of Nashville, TN) with a lot of evangelical Christians. This seemingly majority belief in my community is usually not a big deal. The only time it gets annoying is when leaders force a truly evangelical prayer onto the festivities – something that was done a few weeks ago […]

Believing what you want versus believing what is true

It’s important to know why you believe. As a Christian, I believed what I thought to be true. As I came to the realization that what I believed may not be true, my desire for it to remain true kicked in. I wanted there to be a loving God – a savior named Jesus – […]

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

May 21st, 2011 has now come and gone, leaving everyone predictably un-raptured. The response from the Harold Camping was almost exactly what Richard Dawkins predicted in the Washington Post. I don’t know where he gets the money, but it would be no surprise to discover that it is contributed by gullible followers – gullible enough, […]

An Easter free of religion

This Easter was especially enjoyable, because it was spent without either of our parents (don’t get me wrong, we both love and enjoy our parents). There was no pressure to go to church, have our children confused by the absurdity of Christian theology (including the belief that a half human, half god came back to […]

We are Structured Chaos

There are laws that make up our universe – some of which we still don’t understand or know even exist. As best we know, we’re part of a great expansion. From the big bang, we are the consequences, the results, of time and matter. Everything exists because of a natural structure to things. If we […]