My Appeals to Reason

Old drawing. But you get the point.

Ever since I was a teenager, I've been somewhat focused on the concept of rationality and critical thinking. It's difficult to pinpoint what started it, but I suspect my unhealthy obsession with atheism could be to blame (you'll see remnants of that all over this page, including in the address bar of this page). This lead to me being introduced to the books, debates, and discussions of many famous skeptics such as Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Carl Sagan, Neil DeGrasse Tyson (believe it or not, there was a time when not every kid knew his name), the Amazing Randy, Penn Jillette, Daniel Dennette, and so many more. Many of which happened to be scientists, as well, who were constantly espousing the benefits of reason. Not just in regard to religion, but in all things.

I suppose, since then, while my obsession with gabbing about atheism has subsided (to the relief of everyone around me, I'm sure), I've nevertheless held on to the idea that trying to push yourself into remaining sternly critical of all things before you delve into buying into them is an important part of understanding reality. This applies to almost everything in life and a whole assortment of things within our culture. And this page is where I've chosen to write some of my thoughts on various topics pertaining to that.

It should be noted, however, that I make no claims at being an especially good critical thinker and I'm no expert in, well, anything, really (and, frankly, I'm not that much of a writer, either). But I try my best to remain as reasonable as possible and avoid as many biases as I can manage when thinking about any particular subject. I may fail a lot at this, but here's hoping I succeed at least a time or two.

Cognitive Flaws, Leaving Neverland and Michael Jackson | An Appeal to Reason

Here's my first vlog-type thing. I wasn't intending on ever making a vlog-type thing, but, after watching the Leaving Neverland documentary, when I was about to write a blog entry about it, it occurred to me that maybe I could try my hand at just expressing my feelings to the camera instead of in text-form. So, that's what this is.
In Defense of PewDiePie | The Epitome of What's Wrong with the Media and Out of Context Journalism

A recent news report got me thinking about PewDiePie this morning. I decided to write stuff about him afterward.
Breaking Down Olivia Munn's Criticism Over #MeToo Backlash

I was checking out my morning news, only to find more hubbub concerning #MeToo. This time around, it was just a short, admittedly forgettable interview by a celebrity. Who it was or what she, personally, had to say wasn't anything too special, but it gave me an excuse to take off on another stream of consciousness diatribe about this scarily irrational, ever-growing "movement".
Leaving Neverland: More cashing in on #MeToo. Now at the expense of the King of Pop

An annoyed rant I went on earlier in response to the new Michael Jackson documentary. Originally posted on Reddit, copypasta'd to here.
Let Me Be Frank, Kevin Spacey, innocent until proven guilty, and the merits of Agnosticism

I ramble about how quick people are to jump to a conclusion, why "I don't know" isn't in our vocabulary, and undoubtedly give the false impression that I think Kevin Spacey is innocent of the things he's been recently accused of. It's probably for the best that no one reads anything I write.
In Defense of Roseanne and Her "Racist" Tweets

This post originated from a comment I'd made on the TVTime app in response to the cancellation of the TV Series, Roseanne, following a Tweet that Roseanne Barr made which many regarded as racist.

Michael Jackson: Setting The Record Straight (a QandA)

Years ago, in my youth, I wrote this gigantic article about Michael Jackson. Before his death, I'd always believed every negative rumor about him until I finally looked into matters myself. The misrepresentation of him by the media forever changed how I viewed society. Sadly, this article doesn't look quite as good as it could. It's been transferred to one website after another over the years, it's been edited by numerous moderators, photos have mysteriously gone missing, and most links within it are dead. Add on to that, I wasn't exactly the best writer at the time (not that I'm exactly a juggernaut nowadays). All that being said, however, I do stand by the basic facts in which I present in it. Perhaps one day I'll go back and clean the thing up and make it more presentable.
 Atheist Characters: A List of Atheist and Agnostic Film and TV Characters Atheist Characters: A List of Atheist and Agnostic Film and TV Characters

An ever-growing, vast collection of atheist and agnostic characters on film and TV. Updated regularly (well, as regularly as I can find — or am directed to — new atheist and agnostic characters) this list showcases all of the non-believers out there on the big and small screens.
The Top 15 Atheist Friendly TV Shows

"The Top" part of this title is definitely a tad misleading. Sure, I'd originally attempted to order these by how atheist friendly they were, but really... who cares? What's important are the shows themselves, order be darned. I'll keep this updated as long as new atheist friendly shows continue to come to my attention.
The Top 20 Atheist-Friendly Movies

Just as with our atheist friendly TV shows, let's overlook the countdown here. These are the handful of movies out there that have put atheism, skepticism or ridiculing ancient beliefs as a high-priority. This is another list that began its life with much fewer titles than it's come to have today. And as more atheist friendly movies roll in, it'll only continue to grow. If we're lucky, at least.
The Celebrity Atheist and Skeptics List

Granted, this one is a little more difficult to keep up with (there's just so many!). Luckily, there are other websites out there that do a much better job at keeping track of celebrity atheists than I do (truth be told, I've pretty much abandoned this anyway). They, however, aren't me. So look at my list instead. I need the ad revenue.
Science & Belief | Why We Believe in Gods, Ghosts, UFO's, Conspiracies and Everything Else

After reading numerous books by Michael Shermer, I decided to condense some of his findings, and the findings of other scientists, onto one handy article that explores why we humans are so prone to be duped, swindled, and to believe a whole plethora of BS. The sources for the information presented are located within the article. Which is important. Because why take my word for anything?
10 Reasons Why Christianity is Declining—and Atheism is Growing

After new polls come in letting us know the full statistic of how atheism is the fasting growing "religion" in America, I quickly put this gem together. It goes through various possible reasons why non-belief could be on the rise and Christianity is on its way out the door.

The Gutter Monkey Presents: Atheist and Agnostic Characters on Film and TV