Category Reorganisation

Just a quick post to say that I’ve reorganised my categories so that they indicate the reason for the post or the approach I’m taking in writing it, rather than the subject matter. Gone are categories like “pseudo-science” and “Mainstream religion” to be replaced with seven others, including “Thinking”, “Debating”, “Reading”.

For a brief explanation of what each category means, check out the archives page (see the link, top right). For those who are interested in posts on a particular subject, the archives page also has a tag cloud.

Return To Blogging

This post is to announce that I will to return to blogging regularly in the next week.

My hectic life is almost under control and I have several posts planned for the near future. I’ve been catching up on reading and commenting on other blogs. I’m also reading a few books, some of which may result in reviews.

Thank you for bearing with me over the last few months.

Blogday And Excuses

It was a year ago last Wednesday that I made my first post on Bridging Schisms.

Since then I’ve written 45 posts, perhaps somewhat below average. I could tell you that the reason I haven’t written more is my dedication to accuracy, originality and quality. But if you’ve actually been reading Bridging Schisms for the last year you’ll find that a rather obvious piece of marketing codswallop. The reality is that life has often got in the way of blogging and all the more so in recent weeks when my job situation has changed, keeping me busier than I’d like. (I actually wrote this post a week ago, but forgot to publish it, which only goes to show the hectic state of my life at the moment!)

However, I have a number of new articles planned for the coming months which I hope you will enjoy. These include an interview, several book reviews and a challenge to practitioners of pseudoscience, which I hope to finish off in the spare moments I can grab around work deadlines.

In the mean time I’d like to thank you for reading and beg for your patience. Your comments and suggestions are welcome as always and I promise to return to blogging (and commenting on your blogs) as soon as I can.

Take care,

– Eshu

Six Things Meme

the chaplain tagged me recently with the Six Things Meme.

These are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random, arbitrary things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Here are my six arbitrary but not entirely random things:

1. I despise paperwork more than any other chore.  Actually, I have some paperwork to do right now. Maybe I’ll clean the toilet first.
2. I’m happily married to a woman who is better at football (soccer) than me.
3. I have a BMI of 21.3 kg/m2.
4. My hair has a mind of its own. It’s extremely coarse and refuses to lie flat. My parents have a school photo of me aged about ten looking smart and neat except for of a huge tuft of hair sticking up at the back.
5. I can swim 50 metres underwater in a single breath.
6. I’m slightly scared of heights.

I prefer not to tag people, but if you like the idea of the Six Things Meme, by all means carry it on and leave a comment below.

Welcome to Bridging Schisms

Welcome to Bridging Schisms! In this blog I intend to explore, question and attempt to understand other people’s beliefs.

I regularly come across people who believe things which to me seem ridiculous. Instead of saying, “That’s nonsense!” or “Let’s agree to disagree”, I try to question and challenge believers. In doing so I hope to get to the bottom of what people believe and why. I am also hopeful that in some cases I may be able to change their minds.

As for myself I’m a humanist. I believe that ethical questions should be decided on the basis of human needs. I don’t believe in the existence of any gods, nor in anything supernatural, simply because I have not seen sufficient evidence for either. That said, I’m not ruling out the possibility that such things could exist, but I’ll need more than anecdotal evidence to be convinced.

I intend to base this blog primarily on experiences and encounters with beliefs and believers in my day to day life. I don’t yet know how much talking with different believers my time and patience will allow, but I will endeavour to be thorough and to share my experiences here as much as possible. I hope that I can learn something in this process and provide some interesting stories.