Meet the new blog, same as the old blog.
After more than a year of not doing anything with my old blog, which was called Rational Dreaming, I’ve decided it’s time I need to scratch that blogging itch again, starting over with a new name — Mostly Rational.
I never really did like the old name Rational Dreaming very much. Too many people confused it with being a blog about lucid dreaming, of all things. Not good for a blog about skepticism and atheism!
Mostly Rational is a better fit. It’s a riff on the old Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s “Mostly Harmless” phrase that adorns the cover of that fictional tome, and describes my own personal state of mind pretty well too. After all, who doesn’t think and behave irrationally at times? I know I do, and more often than I would like.
The content will probably be pretty similar to what’s already here, a mix of posts about religion, atheism, conspiracy theories, and other stuff that catches my attention.
One additional thing I would like to do is keep tabs on news and comment about the “nones” — the term coined by Pew Research to describe the rapidly growing segment of American society that no longer associates with organized religion.
Naturally, there has been a lot of hand-wringing from the various religious communities in the US over the rise of the “nones”, and while it is clear from the survey data that the “nones” are typically not atheists, and are not even agnostics in many cases, the religious leaders’ claims that these people are merely seekers who will find their way home to God is not sustained by the survey data. The striking thing about the long term data on religious observance in America is that once a generation reaches adulthood, their religious beliefs are pretty much set in stone. The vast majority of the “nones” who have rejected organized religion, will not be going back.
I believe we are on the verge of a major transformation in the religious makeup of America, and it is the “nones” who are leading the way.