Honor our Soldiers?

I often see posts online about how we must honor our American soldiers who died defending our “freedom”.
I have a few questions related to this.

1. What freedom do you believe it is that was actually defended?

2. Is this freedom worth dying for?

3. Do the dead people care whether you honor them or not?

4. What exactly do you mean by the word honor?

Some updates to the Causal Consciousness site.

Earlier this year, George passed his website on to me. Basically he wants me to keep it online and update it as needed. I have made a few small changes based on his recommendations as well as added a “Contact Chandler” mailto link.

If you’ve never seen this website before, you need to.


3 most common positions on free will

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There are several branches to the tree of opinions on the subject of Free Will and moral responsibility. I will briefly describe the main three of them.


A libertarian simply says that what they do is their choice. They don’t really look further at the causes that led them to do it. Often they believe that humans make choices randomly. Often this means that people can do things for no reason whatsoever. This is something they must convince themselves because they want to feel that it is “up to them” what they do in their life. Those who become libertarian philosophers are almost always either extremely rich or extremely religious and believe that they deserve credit for using their god-given free will to choose better than other people did. This means they have little or no sympathy for the poor, sick, or mentally ill because they believe that anyone…

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A Black Feminist Vegan Perspective on “Women, stop complaining and either raise a family or don’t have a family and just pursue your career”

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Here are some updated thoughts to what I posted a few days ago about challenges to finding an opportunity in academe…

In terms of my previous post, I need to mention that one of my biggest challenges is that as the primary caretaker of 3 kids under the age of 6, most of the teaching opportunities I see do not pay enough for me to have someone take care of children and for me to work. Recently, I ended up losing a contract with an organization because I didn’t have enough income to hire someone to take care of my kids (1, 3 and kindergartner) when I needed to work. I rarely see this as an impediment for cisgender men. It is also challenging for me to ‘build’ a traditional teaching record when positions offered have a salary so low that it literally cannot cover child care (as a man in…

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How to be happy?

Recently I have been trying to figure out how I can be happy even though the world is still full of suffering which I can do nothing about. I am discouraged by all the time I spent writing about what is wrong with abortion, buying meat and animal products, and religion in general. I don’t know if people have really payed attention to any of it and I am seeing that I may have wasted a lot of time. It doesn’t matter if what I say is true. Unless it makes people feel good, they tend to dismiss it.

Is it possible to be happy at the same time as knowing the truth about how the world really works? I currently don’t believe so. I would say that you are either educated and depressed, or ignorant and blissful. The old saying: “Ignorance is bliss”, may be one of the wisest things ever said. No wonder people escape into dreams and fantasies.

I recently saw the movie Tooth Fairy(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808510/). It is about a hockey player who has to spend a few weeks being a literal tooth fairy. Through his experience he comes to believe that having dreams, even unrealistic ones, is a good thing. What do you think about that?

Chandler and Judena 1

This is a special video for my 28th birthday with the woman who gave birth to me. We get to talk about some serious subjects but have a great time too. This will be the first time the world will see what kind of mother I have.

The stigma surrounding mental health keeps people afraid of getting help for depression because people judge them for “choosing to be depressed”. This is something my mother wanted to educate people on and I suggested doing a video. I think it turned out great.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQK5EvCMeKs

video download: https://archive.org/details/ChandlerAndJudena1

Free Will, Science and Religion Podcast 3-22-2015

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Chandler, George, Jamie, Felicia, David, and Will talk about responsibility, the criminal justice system and how the truth of our unfree will fits into all of this. We also talk about the common fears and myths surrounding the topic that keeps people from accepting the most basic truth of human will.

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Atheism is not the correct answer

A few years ago, I started calling myself atheist because I knew I no longer believed in god and I thought the title was descriptive enough for people to know what I meant by it. The problem however was that the real issue I have is not whether people believe in an invisible man in the sky who created them.

No, the problem goes much deeper. It is injustice defended by religious belief. The killing of living things is considered justified when god commands it. Animal sacrifice is a common practice in many religions. Also, many human wars are still fought today because people hate those who follow a different religion. It is the killing and the pain that is the real problem I wish to rid the world of.

So even if I actually believed there was a god who was behind the suffering that has happened, it would not really make a difference to me. If I am against violence such as killing cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, humans, or penguins, then it matters not a bit to me if there was a god who caused it or not. The point is that I wish to stop people from hurting others. So even if god showed up and told me to slaughter a pig or donate to planned parenthood and fund killing the unborn, I wouldn’t do it. And if I am punished for this disobedience, then so be it. After all, even my disobedience was god’s will if god created me for the purpose of disobeying him.

So I need to stop wasting time explaining why the omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe doesn’t exist. More important is that people understand that by being a pro-life vegan, I stand opposed to anyone who causes unnecessary suffering.

And that means ANYone.