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Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 66 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

White House Petition: Change National Motto Back to "E Pluribus, Unum"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky Jan 22. 8 Replies

There is a petition being sponsored by whitehouse.gov to remove "in god we trust" as the national motto and replace it with the original: "E Pluribus, Unum" or "Out of Many, One."  As of this writing, there are around 11,000 signatures on it, with…Continue

Tags: E Pluribus, Unum, in god we trust, petition

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2015. 3 Replies

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

coming out (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Atheist in FundyLand Dec 23, 2015. 6 Replies

Whether as atheist, agnostic, gay / Lesbian or whatever, the process of coming out has been a repeated topic of discussion here on Atheist Nexus and for good reason: it is at once a necessary yet potentially supremely painful process, depending on…Continue

Tags: Lesbian, agnostic, gay, atheist, TheraminTrees

If God Exists (DarkMatter2525)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 23, 2015. 4 Replies

"Practice makes perfect."  That's the concept, isn't it?  Work diligently at something, especially something you enjoy and are adept at, and your skills sharpen, your judgment improves, and the product of your efforts demonstrate that improvement. …Continue

Tags: religion, YouTube, god, DarkMatter2525

Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 1, 2015. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

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Comment by Joan Denoo 19 minutes ago

Who? Oh! I have never heard of that, at least I don't remember. 

Dunning-Kruger Effect

"The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others."

I've known people like that, people who know it all and think everyone else is stupid. They are loud, opinionated, arrogant, domineering, while others who can get things, done, school came easy for them, they have people skills as well as mental skills and assume life is as easy for everyone. 

Comment by Loren Miller 36 minutes ago

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-- Bertrand Russell

Dunning-Kruger, anyone?

Comment by Joan Denoo 1 hour ago

Charles Darwin

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. 

― Charles DarwinThe Descent of Man
Comment by Loren Miller 5 hours ago

Joan, we shouldn't be surprised at all that some deity is supposed to be the source of both health and disease.  If it is, indeed, omnipotent, omniscient, et cetera and created the whole schmeer, then it's responsible for the whole nine yards.  Besides, their own holy book says so:

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
-- Isaiah 45:7

Comment by Ian Mason 8 hours ago

Joan, I admire your ability to keep moving forward. It may be at a slower pace but you've kept your will and your direction.

Chris, the politics in NL sound just like those in DK. "Liberals" are often to the right of traditional conservatives. The former left-wing parties worship at the shrine of St. Tony Blair and his policy of privitization at all costs.

Went out to eat with some former colleagues yesterday. Quite nice although the huge restaurant was too noisy for conversation. One novel thing: crocodile meat. No, it doesn't taste like chicken.

Comment by Plinius 9 hours ago

The Green Party is a bit elitist and has lost the contact with common people. Our old socialist party, the Partij van de Arbeid has watered down from red to vague pink. (Red is the socialist colour.) I go for the Socialist Party - I know Americans don't like the word socialist - they are the left wing party with sound ideas that could benefit the 99%. Most of the other parties mouth ideals but do nothing to realize them.

Comment by Joan Denoo 10 hours ago

Chris, I had no idea there is such a difference in our political groups. No wonder I had a knee jerk reaction when you wrote "liberal" in such negative terms. I thought you had jumped ship from the philosophy I thought you had. Glad we got that straight. 

Is the Green Party a good one for the Netherlands? 

That damned trickle down nonsense brings havoc to the lives of so many people. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago

"Either Theism is true or false. If true, discussion must help to spread its influence; if false, the sooner it ceases to influence human conduct the better for human kind. "

A Plea for Atheism, Charles Bradlaugh , Page 17

Comment by Joan Denoo 12 hours ago

"What does Christian Theism teach? That the first man, made perfect by the all-powerful, all-wise, all-good God, was nevertheless imperfect, and by his imperfection brought misery into the world, where the all-good God must have intended misery should never come; that this God made men to share this misery — men whose fault was their being what he made them; that this God begets a son, who is nevertheless his unbegotten self, and that by belief in the birth of God’s eternal son, and in the death of the undying who died as sacrifice to God’s vengeance, men may escape the consequences of the first man’s error. Christian Theism declares that belief alone can save man, and yet recognises the fact that man’s belief results from teaching, by establishing missionary societies to spread the faith. Christian Theism teaches that God, though no respecter of persons, selected as his favorite one nation in preference to all others; that man can do no good of himself or without God’s aid, but yet that each man has a free will; that God is all-powerful, but that few go to heaven, and the majority to hell; that all are to love God, who has predestined from eternity that by far the largest number of human beings are to be burning in hell for ever. Yet the advocates for Theism venture to upbraid those who argue against such a faith."

A Plea for Atheism, Charles Bradlaugh , Page 17

Comment by Joan Denoo 12 hours ago

"The more ignorant the Theist, the more numerous his Gods. Belief in God is not a faith founded on reason. Theism is worse than illogical; its teachings are not only without utility, but of itself it has nothing to teach. Separated from Christianity with its almost innumerable sects, from Muhammadanism with its numerous divisions, and separated also from every other preached system, Theism is a will-o’-the-wisp, without reality. Apart from orthodoxy, Theism is the veriest dreamform, without substance or coherence."

A Plea for Atheism, Charles Bradlaugh, page 16

 

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