A graduate of NYU's class of '66, Rich was prevented by the draft from continuing study in the love of his life, social psychology. Instead of Viet Nam, Rich taught biology in private schools in NYC, then moved to Florida where he worked various jobs in healthcare.
He is retired now but still continues to study and write.
He is an active humanist with Husbay and dreams of the day when organized religion will cease to be a mental cage that has entralled the mind since ancient times.
His religion "None" is the fastest growing on the planet.
Ever since social psych class in the early ‘60s, I was enthralled by William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Many readers of the novel were alarmed without knowing why. The story is an allegory of Freudian psychoanalytic theory where each character represents an aspect of the theory—superego, ego and id. They were reading the story of humanity.
Let's do the same for Dawkin's The Selfish Gene.
The Deliberate Poisoning of Earth
on June 17, 2013
When I first read Steve Nelson’s description of "The Deliberate Poisoning of Earth" I said to myself, “what a coincidence.” My novel, "Mirror Reversal," deals with the same subject matter. But I failed to focus on the word “deliberate.” The latter deals with the poisoning of the planet as an unavoidable byproduct of stupidity and greed, rather than a malefic attempt to kill people by secretly poisoning the atmosphere in order to decrease the human population.
Being somewhat of an insomniac, during the ‘80s and ‘90s I was a steady listener of the old Art Bell Show, Coast to Coast. The radio show specialized on the supernatural, from ghosts and psychics, to witches and UFOs. As soon as I saw Steve’s section on Chemtrails I couldn’t help but make the connection. Y2K anybody? Art had his listeners in mortal fear and the closing days of the century approached certain calamity that the cyber world was coming to a certain crash landing: banks defaulting, NORAD going haywire, even our own personal computers doing their own thing.
I myself am an atheist and staunch anti-supernaturalist. If I don’t even believe in God, I’m certainly not going to believe in conspiracy theories. But I find this stuff immensely entertaining and fun. The Art Bell Show was immensely popular. It’s just that I fail to accept the evidence that would cause such a major change in my worldview—that being, things are tough enough, so don’t make it worse with irrational fears.
So, if the reader is attracted to such phenomena, UFOs and malefic corporations keen on making the planet sicker than it is, I recommend this fun and well written book. Steve does a fine job of presenting the material he had.
The only trouble is, Bell was trumpeting the dangers of Chemtrails since the ‘80s, 30 years ago, and people are living longer than ever. The other problem with the theory is that the board of directors of Monsanto has to live on the planet just like everybody else.
The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion
on July 08, 2014
It’s amazing how a good writer tells you stuff you already know. I’m an openly strong atheist but I’d bet religious people could read most of Dan’s book and say to themselves, “Hey, I knew that.”
For instance, Dan does a superb job explaining how religion has encroached and intruded into our daily lives with its outrageous pleasure-negative, puritanical outlook. Does it make sense for an advanced society to have prostitution illegal? Or gambling, or euphoriants like marijuana, or alcohol, or euthanasia when the patient is living hopelessly in excruciating pain? Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini even outlawed music, chess and free speech.
Leaders of the major religions seem to think that suffering is pleasing to God, as study of the history of medicine convincingly shows. Ether was discovered by alchemists in the thirteenth century but not used to alleviate pain until the nineteenth. The powers that be didn’t want to interfere with God’s plan.
Dan’s ten reasons not to believe are spot-on. I also enjoyed his optimistic predictions for a future world when humanity is free of superstition. People will start living for this life instead of the next.
All it takes is for our political, educational and corporate leaders to come out of the closet and our teleological (the study of the purpose of life) zeitgeist will quickly metamorphose like a beauteous butterfly flying into the sky after an incubation period in a cocoon of darkness and ignorance. Politicians know which way the wind blows. I mean, the purpose of life will change when people realize that the universe is indifferent to us and our pale blue planet. In the grand scheme of things, humans are as ephemeral as mayflies. It makes no sense at all to waste our limited time praying and worshipping gods that never answer and just don’t care.
Rich Goscicki, author of "Pot Stories" and "High School with Rudy Giuliani" on Amazon