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Atheists who love Science!

A group for science enthusiasts of all types -- professionals, amateurs, students, anybody who loves science.

Members: 1575
Latest Activity: Apr 22

Whether you're a professional, a student, an amateur, an enthusiast, whatever! Lots of atheists love science. Might as well have a group for it!

Feel free to nerd out, link articles, talk about your favorite field of research, whatever!

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9/28/2008
I've been super busy with school this semester -- no time for Atheist Nexus, sadly!!
If anyone who's around here a lot wants me to toss them moderation privileges to run this group or anything, just send me (Sara) a message! Thanks!

11/14/2009
Removed ability to send mass messages to everyone in the group. At 1000+ members, that seems like asking for spam.

Offer still open if anyone active in the group wants moderation privileges, but it appears everything has been going smoothly with all kinds of great discussions without moderation. Fantastic! :)

Discussion Forum

Our Limbs May Have Evolved From Sharks Gills?

Started by Qiana-Maieev. Last reply by Sean Murphy Apr 22. 1 Reply

CRISPR soon to cure diseases

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 21. 1 Reply

Primate Evolution

Started by Qiana-Maieev. Last reply by Sean Murphy Apr 9. 1 Reply

Magnetic Field Powered By Moon

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 31. 0 Replies

"Science Isn't Broken"

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 30. 11 Replies

Slime Trivia

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 18. 0 Replies

Rock Cycle Illustrated by Phil Stoffer (2005)

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 11, 2015. 2 Replies

Diagnostic test for ALL viruses

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by philip_rhoades Nov 15, 2015. 5 Replies

Liquid-crystalline water

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 4, 2015. 4 Replies

Stable light-based memory

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 5, 2015. 0 Replies

Fascinating article on strange world ex BBC

Started by Christopher Cosgrove. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 4, 2015. 3 Replies

Dirty Oil Beats Science in the US

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 3, 2015. 0 Replies

Dog-human alliance edged out Neanderthals

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Gerald Payne Aug 27, 2015. 12 Replies

Not-amorphous glass

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 20, 2015. 0 Replies

Elon Musk: The mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ...

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 29, 2015. 12 Replies

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Comment by Clarence Dember on April 16, 2015 at 6:38pm
Tom Sarbeck:
I think nature and the things within it's locus have properties that can to a large degree be seen, felt, heard, or ascertained in some manner. Children and adults may suffer privation but it is no likely from nature which offers abundance. The rich bounty of our oceans are being decimated not by nature but by Fukishima. Philosophical defaults that lead to a non-failsafe nuclear power plant (multi) at that site would where blame for suffering should rest.
Comment by tom sarbeck on April 15, 2015 at 5:11pm

Clarence, I hadn't thought of Catholicism as the foundation of my atheism but I now see it really was.

I told many people that during its long history its leaders had devised answers to some hard questions, and for me to leave it I needed replies that would prevent my later return from either a personal crisis or "my deathbed".

What nuns or priests had described as heresies (i.e., the Pelagian heresy) I later saw were questions that merited better answers than dogmatic rejections.

For instance, in The Big Bang Never Happened, author Eric Lerner said Pelagius and his disciples had taught that the world’s pains and diseases were the result of nature’s laws and not punishment for sin. Catholicism, if it was to survive, had to call Pelagius an enemy.

Comment by Clarence Dember on April 14, 2015 at 11:11pm
Hi Tom. In my family it was my mom who instigated the trips me and my siblings made through Catholic school. I was thr first and only one besides my mom to make it through 12th grade in that kind of an "institution". You would think this would give me more in common with my mom as a result of rhe shared experience. While she accepted their dogma as defining the human condition; i found it to be the foundation of my atheism.
Comment by tom sarbeck on April 14, 2015 at 10:41pm

Clarence, my dad sent five kids to Catholic schools. I was one of the five and had the same experience.

Before he died he knew we had all quit.

Comment by Clarence Dember on April 14, 2015 at 7:38pm
I have not had a problem with creative writings per se either. My problems stem from dogma masquerading as education. :-)
Comment by sk8eycat on April 14, 2015 at 6:41pm

Clarence, the most serious problem with religious devotees and fairy tales is that they can't tell the difference between fact and fiction. 

I have always loved fantasy fiction AND SF, but I always knew all those tales were just that.  Tales.  Even the buybull always felt like a grim version of Grimm's Fairy Tales to me....but I kept my mouth shut for 30 years to keep my somewhat fundie mother appeased.  I did quit going to church when I graduated from high school.  Enuf was enuf.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 14, 2015 at 6:31pm

About having a dream, or a specific goal, I can certainly identify with Buzz Aldrin's post-Apollo 11 depression.  What do you do when you've actually been to the moon, and can't go back?

My own dream was realized by the time I was 20, and it was over.  I've spent most of the rest of my life supporting myself with boring desk jobs....at subsistence pay.  The only exceptions were the years I spent as a temp at KCET's Auction in its heyday, and working weekends at the Cat Hotel after I officially retired.

The only thing I really wanted to do was skate, and I was too stupid to realize that that was one of the shortest "careers" in the world.

Comment by Clarence Dember on April 14, 2015 at 6:27pm
They never grew beyond fairy tales those religious devotees.
Comment by sk8eycat on April 14, 2015 at 5:31pm

Since most religions oppose family planning and contraception, we are already at least halfway to ecological collapse at their bidding.  And they WANT it that way!

Every Abrahamic religion has predicted "the end of the world," and consider that a GOOD thing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2015 at 2:43pm

I think I understand living in the now, but I'm a bit of a dreamer I guess.

 

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