Hey people. I’m not sure how many follow my blog but if you do, you’ll notice I haven’t been writing much. I’d been doing a lot of podcasting however.
And I’d like to announce a new podcast which I am doing with Monique Lukens. It’s focused on the lifestyle of veganism and celibacy. Guests are welcome to join us if interested. Here are descriptions and links of the first two episodes. The current plan is to publish a new one each month.
Celibate Vegan Compadres 1. Chandler and Monique on Asexuality, Celibacy, and Veganism
This is a conversation I had on Skype with Monique Lukens.
I had misunderstood the thing about the Coast to Coast thing. What I was going to record was Monique’s meetup. However, the others were not interested and so basically it turned into the two of us talking. However it was a very good talk. We talked about asexuality, celibacy, and a lot of other strange things.
The only real problem is the noise where Monique was at and the call was dropped a few times and we had to restart. In any case I think it’s still a really good talk that shows things from the perspective of two asexuals and how they see sexuality in the culture.
Celibate Vegan Compadres 2. People Don’t Understand Us
Chandler Klebs and Monique Lukens are a minority within a minority. They talk about their experiences with people who misunderstand them both in the context of being asexuals who want to remain celibate and being vegan in a world filled with carnists. The audio of this episode was a lot better than the previous one because Monique was in a quieter place with less noise.
My mom now has her books published through a new company. They look much more professionally done than the old Createspace versions. They also designed a website for her and her books.
You can visit her website here:
and here are direct links to her two current books published with them.
I wrote a review for the Christian movie: A Matter of Faith.
I watched this movie and it felt like what happened near the end was a sermon instead of a debate. The creationist guy who finished the debate for the other guy was basically saying that we should believe in creationism not because it’s true but because we need a god to have rules and to be accountable to.
If you believe in an all powerful god who can create the world in six days, then let him fight his battles. When you try to defend him, you imply that he is too weak to do it himself.
To be clear, I am not all that well versed in evolution. I was raised in Christianity with creationism as the only thing I knew. However, something tells me that this movie is not at all an accurate representation of evolution. I have read some books and watched videos about evolution. If I understand correctly, evolution is not an explanation of the origin of life but how life has evolved over time.
But more importantly. One could theoretically still accept evolution and believe in a god. Similarly, one could be a creationist and believe in a god that is NOT the same one as the Christian god. The world is full of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, atheists, and agnostics. There is no such dichotomy of Evolution vs Creationism for the simple reason that there are infinite different types of creationism and/or theories for how life began. Indeed, one need not believe life had an origin at all.
While I don’t particularly like this movie all that much, I do think it is valuable because movies like this represent what Christians believe. It is for this reason that atheists like me still sometimes like to watch Christian movies. I may disagree with everything about Christianity but I would hate to misrepresent them. My main complaint though is that Christians nearly always misrepresent non-Christians. This can’t be helped however because they simply often don’t know what the rest of the world believes.
We Don’t Eat of Our Free Will
I’m going to use the topic of food to explain why what we eat is not chosen by us of a free will. Understand that none of us is the true author of the choice of what we eat.
1. We don’t choose to be hungry in the first place. We need to eat to live and we feel pain if we go too long without eating.
2. We don’t choose which foods taste better to is than others. We eat more of the things that we like better.
3. We don’t choose which foods are available in our area. We don’t control the climate and what grows nor do we choose which stores carry the food or what the prices are.
4. We also sometimes consider how healthy foods are for us and try to eat foods that will help us be stronger, live longer, lose weight, or prevent disease. However we don’t truly know what is really healthier nor do we have the power to make the healthy food available at a cheaper price or taste like our favorite food. If the food you like happens to be healthier or cheap, then you lucked out.
These 4 facts are a simple way if understanding that we have zero control over the food that we end up eating. It’s true that we try our best to weigh the options we have and consider all of the relevant factors, but these determining prior causes that our food decisions are based on is totally out of our control. You might say that you choose your food, but you don’t choose to choose your food.
Another way to think of it is to say that, if we “had a choice”, wouldn’t we all choose to never eat? If we could be solar powered machines that didn’t need to eat and yet were always full of energy, there would be no use for food. In a sense, we are all slaves to biology in this way. We don’t eat because we woke up one day and thought it would be fun to shove a grapefruit into the big hole in our face. We eat because we die if we don’t.
This is a powerful way of understanding the lack of food-free-will. This is a specific area of understanding that helps us understand the bigger picture that free will is an illusion. It applies to topics other than food too. However, the reason food is an important place to start is because we all are forced to eat. It’s something we all have in common.