Author Archives: Jerome

About Jerome

I am a senior C# developer in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am also a recovering addict, who spent nearly eight years using methamphetamine. I write on my recovery blog about my lessons learned and sometimes give advice to others who have made similar mistakes, often from my viewpoint as an atheist, and I also write some C# programming articles on my programming blog.

On attempted reversal of the burden of proof

Recently my brother stated that “every time you and Megan get together, you relapse”. To believe this, he must ignore the last time in 2013, which happened to be the time I stopped using drugs on the day she arrived … Continue reading

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Here’s something ironic to think about

I deleted my last post. Sorry about that but I think it was a little too personal and shouldn’t have been published publicly in that form. But here’s something ironic I saw today that makes me think… It reminds me … Continue reading

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Even skeptics have blind spots when arguments agree with their beliefs? (On an argument stating that addiction is a disease.)

Well, this sucks. I shared to disagree with this bad argument the other day, only to find that some of my friends, who are atheists and skeptics, agreed with it. Now consider this: People who think Jesus is not God … Continue reading

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What the 12 steps are really about.

After reading a friend’s Facebook statuses and reminding myself how much I hated 12 step programs, I felt inspired to write this. It may not be my most eloquent post, but it is truthful as fuck. Step one: Bullshit. Step … Continue reading

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Did you have rules or standards that you held yourself to during your addiction? I did.

I broke all but one of my own rules though. Those of them that I can remember went like this… Never use after 8PM. A foolish rule when I first used meth, since I believed that I would sleep if … Continue reading

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"You are a fool", says the scammer I didn’t give money to, just like the preacher who likes to quote the Bible claim that atheists are fools.

Funny how this works, eh? I’ve wondered for some time how these Facebook Messenger scams make money for the cons. I mean, apart from the many men who claim to run orphanages in Uganda, all of whom use the same … Continue reading

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On religious pareidolia, cognitive biases, and dreams

I find religious pareidolia hilarious. For those who don’t know, pareidolia in general is the psychological phenomenon of seeing objects of meaning in otherwise mundane objects. Like seeing giant rabbits in clouds, or a face on Mars. Religious pareidolia involves … Continue reading

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