NeeceNeece: An eclectic enigma, a paragon of practical pragmatism. I blog about whatever I find important, interesting or funny. I'm an atheist with a heart of gold, a skeptic and a free thinker. I'm married to a wonderful guy (since Halloween of '96 :P ) and have zero kids (by choice) and 3 wonderful dogs that drive me absolutely crazy. Feel free to contact me here at firstname.lastname@example.org. Befriend me on Facebook! And HDC has a FB Page.
My husband, Butch, and I design fun and rude t-shirts and other goodies for atheists, agnostics, and just about anyone who has a sense of humor. You can find them at my Zazzle store here. Curious how I lost my faith and became a happy atheist? Here's my story.
Where the name came from, Heaving Dead Cats:
H L Mencken, in The American Mercury, January, 1924
Of a piece with the absurd pedagogical demand for so-called constructive criticism is the doctrine that an iconoclast is a hollow and evil fellow unless he can prove his case. Why, indeed, should he prove it? Is he judge, jury, prosecuting officer, hangman? He proves enough, indeed, when he proves by his blasphemy that this or that idol is defectively convincing—that at least one visitor to the shrine is left full of doubts. The fact is enormously significant; it indicates that instinct has somehow risen superior to the shallowness of logic, the refuge of fools. The pedant and the priest have always been the most expert of logicians—and the most diligent disseminators of nonsense and worse. The liberation of the human mind has never been furthered by such learned dunderheads; it has been furthered by gay fellows who heaved dead cats into sanctuaries and then went roistering down the highways of the world, proving to all men that doubt, after all, was safe—that the god in the sanctuary was finite in his power, and hence a fraud. One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent.
This quote is actually the opposite of what we embrace here at HDC; logic, reason and the scientific method, combined with creative thinking and then critical thinking, are what make the world open up to us, and help us further along in our progress on this wonderful planet, in this awesome universe. :)