I am grateful…
- … that all the math that is involved in my current class is soaking in. I’ve finally learned how to study regularly.
- … for the generous spirit that pervades the intertubes and leads us to share our knowledge with others. Case in point: Academic Earth.
- … for the family-focused attitude that I learned from my own family, and yes, the Mormon church.
- … for all the wonderful books out there, more than I’ll ever be able to read.
- … to live without constant fear.
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The Power of Myth changed how I viewed religion. Where I had thought religion was either true and good or false and bad, now I think religion can be consciously false and useful: now I see the transformative power of myth and symbol.
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As a newly minted atheist father, I worried about how to teach my children. Parenting Beyond Belief convinced me that teaching my children to be freethinkers was not only acceptable but preferable, even beautiful.
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I last read The Old Man and the Sea for seventh grade reading class. What a difference twenty years make! While I’m not yet old, some lessons come only with time: they can’t be rushed. The consciously futile struggle against mortality enriches our stark, youthful views into compassionate, full color vistas.
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Ah, the sweet irony of reading Moby-Dick safe in the landlocked Mojave with nary a cetacean in sight.
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