Author Archives: Jim Newman

About Jim Newman

Jim Newman is a philosopher. When I was young I wondered what was the ultimate truth. How should I behave? What makes it all work? I was intensely curious to know what it all means. It was enlightening to realize there is no ultimate truth, but nevertheless sufficient and necessary turth, and that meaning was a meta analysis of living one’s life. In this sense my work has been living large. Living and experiencing life has made me learn many things. Building boats, motors, houses, electronics. Raising animals. Teaching. Writing. Photography. Drawing. Knitting. Sewing. Cooking. Music. Painting. Hiking. Aboriginal living skills. All material aspects of reality that seem irrelevant until you realize they allow you to experience more. My epiphany came when I read Christopher Hitchen’s “Letters to a Young Contrarian” and I felt vindicated in my many meals of sacred cow.

Pope Says We Cannot Make Fun Of Faith

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised the pope has come out against blasphemy. As nice a guy as he makes out to be he is still the pope, and Christian. Religious freedom and freedom of expression, he said, are fundamental … Continue reading

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Political Cartoons, Charlie Hebdo, and the Internet

The most astonishing thing for me to arise from the recent massacre of Charlie Hebdo was my realization of how few political cartoonists remain in the United States. Gary Trudeau was the last of mainstream cartoonists. Cartoonists in general are a … Continue reading

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Catching Up to A New Year

Thank goodness Phil has figured out a way to keep his finance posts on top of the page. Good advice and evidence there. Much better than some idiotic Motley Fool ad-link that brags about how one can make millions from … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Mr Hitchens

I wonder how Hitch would respond to today’s conundrum of social justice, atheism, and social obnoxiousness. Hitch was clearly willing to interfere in other countries for humanitarian reasons. It was almost as if he were gleeful in the desire of personal harm for … Continue reading

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Does Protesting Work Anymore?

Over the weekend there was a Twitter debate on which kind of messaging works best on Atheist billboards. With the splintering of atheism into movements, identity politics, and ideological nuances, atheists are struggling with what to do next. There is a … Continue reading

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Removing the Religious Test

In my own local conversations I have seen informal religious tests for inclusion. Phrases such as “we are blessed” and even “bless you” are a means to determine if one is in some way Christian. They seem mild enough but if you use … Continue reading

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