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A good read by Daniel Dennett

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Sheldon Oct 2, 2009. 1 Reply

The golden rule

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fred Werther Nov 20, 2009. 19 Replies

Having a lengthy argument about God and religion

Started this discussion. Last reply by AgeOfAtheists14 Sep 30, 2009. 1 Reply


So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.

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Little Name Atheist commented on Jay's video

unaired pilot episode of south park - the spirit of christmas

"Wah! Copyright claim! I don't think I'd ever seen that one."
Dec 19, 2009
Tarquin St John Sh'gn'sty replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
""As you act,so shall you be treated" (Petosiris C4th BCE) "Do not neglect to help those who help you" (Ankh-Sheshonk"
Nov 20, 2009
Howard S. Dunn replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
Nov 18, 2009
Howard S. Dunn replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"This is, most assuredly, correct. Human children tens of thousands of years ago still did not fully mature until around the age of eighteen - even though that represented over half the life expectancy. Given that, imagine the rate at which far…"
Nov 18, 2009
Louis replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"It came up in all those places independently of each other. Reciprocation isn't a super brilliant idea, it's fairly simple and it's not surprising that people with the free time to think could derive it."
Nov 13, 2009
carl replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"nice one. ;]"
Nov 11, 2009
Johnny replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"Simple. The secular thinker says: Ok, we can teach your religion if we also teach about Allah, Jehovah, Shiva, Christna, Zeus, Thor, Satan, and every other form of worship currently in the United States. That will shut them up pretty quickly.…"
Nov 11, 2009
Alex McCullie replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"Here's a thought experiment. It's hard to argue with most variations of the golden rule - the attitudes seem so obviously progressive and liberal-minded. As Harry Gensler, http://www.jcu.edu/philosophy/gensler/goldrule.htm, suggests it…"
Nov 9, 2009
Johnny replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"heeheehee good one =)"
Nov 9, 2009
Timo Ostrander replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"I've just read the kybalion (since your mention of it was the first i'd heard of it) and I'm curious, Regi, if you ascribe to it. It is a theistic work, is it not? "The ALL" of the kybalion being merely a code word for God.…"
Nov 9, 2009
Jaume replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"To be fair, I have more than a passing interest in philosophy myself. But demolishing the spirit of the Golden Rule on the premise that a specific wording may be counter-productive in specific circumstances is often more wordplay than philosophy.…"
Nov 6, 2009
Alex McCullie replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"Actually, to be fair, I must defend philosophy. I'm not a full-time philosopher, but I lecture adults in related subjects. Even though philosophers can be excruciatingly nitpicking, as you say, their writings can help to clarify the issues…"
Nov 5, 2009
Alex McCullie replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"I agree it's a great overall attitude combined with charity, forgiveness, and caring. I imagine the important point for atheists is make sure Christians are aware it didn't start with Jesus. In fact he would have been simply quoting the…"
Nov 5, 2009
Jaume replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"Everyone intuitively understands the Golden Rule without having to set a particular formulation in stone: the spirit counts more than the letter, but all those nitpicking "philosophers" obviously have too much time on their hands.…"
Nov 5, 2009
Marshall replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"The concept was clearly developed around 30AD by Jesus Christ. Anyone who has ever read the bible should know that. Prior to Jesus, civilizaton was essentially one non-stop rape and murder-a-thon."
Nov 5, 2009
Alex McCullie replied to Jay's discussion The golden rule
"Some form of this occurs throughout human history and reappears in recent cognitive science work on fairness and equity. It seems so basic to have evolve as part of our socialisation. Many ethics philosophers are not particularly enamoured with the…"
Nov 5, 2009

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Yes the Bible is ridiculous but....

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 10:30pm 4 Comments

this is the most bad ass story I ever read:

From biblegateway, Second Kings 2:23-24

23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. "Go on up, you baldhead!" they said. "Go on up, you baldhead!" 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.

What caught my… Continue

Health Care Reform in America: A story of fear-mongering and a debacle of a debate

Posted on August 8, 2009 at 12:00am 9 Comments

I think it has become increasingly apparent to any rational person in the US that this "debate" on health care reform has put politics and fear-mongering before the well-being of the American people and their opinions. According to polls, at least 70% of Americans want reform in the health care system. Around 24% say no, and around 6% are unsure. For the most part, the most vocal of reasons against the proposed public option has been that the public option will tear down the country because the… Continue

New podcast show on politics, news, entertainment, etc: API

Posted on August 5, 2009 at 12:30am 0 Comments

or otherwise known as Association of the Politically Incorrect, me and a friend of mine are gonna put up a weekly podcast. Sometimes we'll have extra hosts. The first show and the API site....everything should be set up by tomorrow night.

I'll post more details plus links tomorrow afternoon/night. Topics of discussion and debate range in politics, current events, religion, philosophy, atheism, science, entertainment, etc...

Would be most appreciative if you guys come and… Continue

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At 10:59am on December 13, 2009, Little Name Atheist said…
Happy birthday, Jay!
At 5:52pm on August 9, 2009, Chrys Stevenson said…
Thanks Jay - your endorsement means a lot. I'm beginning to feel like a shrieking old shrew!
At 9:38am on August 4, 2009, Ruth Abigail said…
Haha, indeed! Now we just have to locate the rest of us Jersey atheists!
At 2:54pm on July 24, 2009, William Ely said…

At 11:12pm on July 22, 2009, Chrys Stevenson said…
Hey Jay, thanks! ;-)
At 3:35am on July 22, 2009, Ida said…
There are more cool sites. www.thinkatheist.com is a sister site of AN.
At 3:24am on July 22, 2009, Ida said…
Welcome to AN, Jay :)


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