We might as well have narratives that make sense of the universe in constructive and nurturing ways.
More notes on writing SF&F, as a Buddhist- and Zen-influenced author.
Ken Russell's "The Devils": not quite bad enough to be funny. But still awful.
On the devolution of Zen into a bad joke.
Given my interest in Zen, am I writing "Buddhist fiction"? I'm dubious.
On why the problem is not belief or the absence of same.
Belief or nonbelief isn't absolutely correlated with good behavior; it's all in how you use it.
"I did it, why can't you?" dissected.
Me and my, uh, belief system, whatever you wanna call it.
I'll tell me what to really think.
Respect ≠ tolerance, and why that's not a bad thing.
Zen's "no-mind" means humility, not cultivated ignorance.
"...to be happy to be alive in the full knowledge of all misery, our own included."
Belief's a label you earn, not self-apply.
Because, that's why.
Why am I, the atheist, reading a book of religious philosophy? Homework, but some other things too.
On how the world ended a long time ago. (And how that fits into my new book.)
On love being the highest law.
On using SF as an examination of the clashes of spiritual opposites.