Words and Meaning – A Completion

Words transmit meaning. We often say that they “have” meaning, as if it’s an intrinsic part of their existence. But, as we invent new meanings we, consequently, invent new words to transmit them or, sometimes, use existing words in new ways. Therefore, I say meanings have words.

A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism by John Michael Greer

Solo Book Club: January 2015

Today’s writing (as “required” by my New Year’s resolution) is going to be fairly short.  If writing code counted, I’d have already completed today’s installment a few times over, but alas, the slave driver who came up with these rules (i.e. me) is a bit of a tyrant. Author’s Notes The revived version of the

a photograph of the Milky Way taking in Australia

A Multiplicity of Religions

Ryan BellFor the last year, I’ve been reading an Ryan Bell’s blog at the Patheos Atheist channel called A Year Without God. Bell was a pastor at a Seventh-Day Adventist church for some time before resigning in 2013. Then, in January 2014 he decided to spend a year without god, exploring atheism and blogging about it on the site linked above. Now, one year later, he’s posted a retrospective on his journey, and I found one part of it truly fascinating.

Words and Meanings (a fragment)

Words transmit meaning. We often say that they “have” meaning, as if it’s an intrinsic part of their existence, but as we invent new meanings we, consequently, invent new words to transmit them or, sometimes, use existing words in new ways.

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On #GamerGate

I’ve always been a gamer, but the recent spate of verbal, and threatened physical, assaults on women in gaming bothers me personally and philosophically. I’m no longer willing to remain silent on the matter.

What!? I can't hear you!

Listening

Throughout Pagandom, there has been a hue and cry over the idea of pop culture Paganism. Like many such arguments in the community, all sides of the conflict need to take a step back and actually listen to what people are actually saying.

International Pagan Coming Out Day

International Pagan Coming Out Day

International Pagan Coming Out Day (IPCOD) is an important call to action for Pagans to stand with others in our community who have come out but, just as importantly, to recognize that not all of us can do so safely.