Theism as a cognitive translation of objects into deities

God does not exist. There’s no disputing this, there’s no debate to be had - it just isn’t a subject that is suitable for adult conversation. When I hear rational adults say they believe in god, I don’t believe them. That goes for deities of all types, spirits, ghosts, fairies, unicorns, etc. Maybe I sound like a dick about this, but sky wizards that created the universe and control your destiny? Come on, you’re making a fool of yourself. Then again, objects don’t exist either. I mean things like stones, trees, anything you can hold. They’re not real in the way that we understand objects. They seem like they are, but there is a tradition running from Heraclitus, through Nietzsche, Alfred Whitehead, Galen Strawson, and into modern physics claiming that all that really exists are processes. The concept is easier to understand with a statement like lightning flashes (Nietzsche’s example). What is it that’s flashing? There is no thing that’s flashing. The flashing is just happening with

Airbnb should buy Stitch Fix so that I don't need to pack clothes when I travel

     When I'm retired I'm planning to live a nomadic lifestyle, at least for a few years. I'll start in Asia, move west to Africa, north to Europe, then South America. I'll spend at least a month in each country, sometimes up to three months depending on visa policies, cost of living, and how much I like it there. It will take a few years to go to all the countries I want to visit. If I'm not bored with it by then, I'll start the cycle over again. I've worked out the numbers, and the most it will cost is the same as my cost of living now. In some countries, it will be less than half that. That's even when I factor in air travel. Now that remote work is standard, some people are already living this way.     One of the biggest problems I'm expecting to have to deal with will be all the stuff I'll have to pack. I'll need a couple books at a time, tooth brush and nail clippers and that sort of thing, and a laptop. Unfortunately, the most bulky th

New Review of Cousin Calls from W. A. Stanley

  A new review of Cousin Calls was published. "I thoroughly enjoyed Cousin Calls, and the stories have stuck with me days after reading them, and I still find myself chuckling over various moments through. [...]  If you’re a fan of transgressive fiction, or have a messed up sense of humour (like me, and evidently the author), I can not recommend Cousin Calls highly enough. You can sit down and read it like a novel, or you can just read each story when you’re ready. If you’re not quite as messed up as I am, or don’t gravitate towards transgressive stories, there is a lot to love and Haradon’s skilled writing will draw you in, even during its lowest of beautifully lowbrow moments." You can read the whole review here . Or buy it here .

Free book - Karl Is Out Of Opium

I wrote a short story called Karl Is Out Of Opium. It's about a half hour read, and I just made it free on Amazon (not free for Kindle Unlimited, but just free for anyone). Here's the synopsis: In this short story, a mysterious horde of cannibals called The Sea People has broken into Karl's building and is slowly making its way up the hundred floors to his apartment. While he waits for them to make it to his floor and kill him, he passes time by attempting to chat with his two sex robots. He would rather smoke opium, but he's run out. The only drug left is the mushrooms that his ex girlfriend left behind. You can get it here .

New review of Cousin Calls by RavenのNest blog

 A new 5 star review of Cousin Calls has been published by RavenのNest blog.  "...I love the writing style of this author and how he is able to completely entertain the reader while talking of basic things and everyday life until it gets messed up by a bizarre element- He makes you explore surreal scenarios that however get really interesting for how near they are to reality...." Link to buy the book or read it free on Kindle Unlimited

Interview Matt Binder

I was interviewed by Matt Binder regarding my documentary Waiting For NESARA. It's generating interest again because NESARA became a precursor to QAnon. You can watch the interview here .  And Waiting For NESARA is available here . Waiting For NEARA is a documentary I made in 2002 and 2003 about a group of excommunicated Mormons who believed that a secret law called NESARA would be announced imminently. They believed that the WTC attacks on September 11, 2001 were an effort to stall the announcement and that the pending invasion of Iraq would be another attempt to do so, but that benevolent aliens would intervene and prevent it.

How to write a book

A couple people have asked me how to write a book. I'm typing up this quick post so I can just send them a link instead of repeating it over and over. First, there's no one way to do it, and different people have achieved success using wildly different methods. I've read that Stephen King just starts writing with no idea of what's going to happen next in the plot, he just comes up with new ideas as he’s going and has no idea how it’s going to end when he starts (I’m sort of skeptical of that, but it’s what he says). Philip K. Dick says he used the I Ching to write The Man In The High Castle, letting the random drawings guide the plot twists. What i’m describing here is just what I do, and I might do something different in the future. I came up with my technique from writing screenplays, and it's based loosely off David Lynch's statement that “If you want to make a feature film, you get ideas for 70 scenes. Put them on 3-by-5 cards. As soon as you have 70, yo