ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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Comment by Joseph P on February 3, 2011 at 7:33pm
  • He also showed me a tape-recording of people supposedly screaming in Hell. The story goes that some miners were digging very deep, and they got so close to Hell that they could hear people screaming.

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

 

  • Truth to be told, he does not really reflect mainstream Protestant tradition.

I think he represents the level of aggressive ignorance of a lot of them, just perhaps not the particulars.  I've met a lot of people who are so far around the curve.  It's usually paired with a similar level of general ignorance, such as the guy who couldn't remember if we were up to 44 or 45 states now.

Comment by david perry on February 2, 2011 at 11:28pm
A nice article from PZ myers about definitions of atheism.
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/02/why_are_you_an_atheist.php
Comment by Tony Davis on February 1, 2011 at 7:31pm

All,

Just posted an article on the "argument from morality".  Some info there dealing with evolution of morality, though in a short article one can't delve too deeply....

http://www.examiner.com/skepticism-in-washington-dc/skeptical-of-ch...

VR,

Tony

Comment by Jedi Wanderer on January 29, 2011 at 10:21am
True, the story was invented. Didn't know Voltaire had contrived it though. Thanks Claudia!
Comment by Tony Davis on January 29, 2011 at 9:53am

Claudia,

 

I have no idea if Voltaire invented the story, but in a Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking said the apple story was almost certainly apocryphal. 

 

VR,

Tony

Comment by Carolyn on January 17, 2011 at 10:28pm
Thanks John!!
Comment by John Jubinsky on January 16, 2011 at 1:26pm
Hello back Carolyn! Good to have you.
Comment by Carolyn on January 16, 2011 at 12:10pm
Hello everyone! I'm Carolyn. Thanks to Dr. Meaden for inviting me to join the group.

Be well everyone.
Comment by Tony Davis on January 16, 2011 at 11:57am
I actually thought that the "what if you are wrong" challenge from theists had just about gone the way of the dodo, but having been challenged with it twice this week I thought I'd post an article on Pascal's Wager.

http://www.examiner.com/skepticism-in-washington-dc/skeptical-of-ch...

 

VR,

Tony

Comment by Marc Draco on January 1, 2011 at 6:41pm

That's right, he's been force feeding himself for weeks!

 

"Great days, yeah! The Bistro Illegal; The Evildrome Boozerama; Slim's Throat Emporium! Great days, yeah!"

 

We'll have to get a room at this rate, Tony! Curiously, a reference to Hotblack Desiato appears in "Mass Effect 2" (XBox, PC and PS3) where one of the characters comments that a lot of people are spending a year dead for tax reasons these days.

 

Ah Doug, we miss you so.

 
 
 

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