I'm no psychologist, but I believe I have figured out how the "god concept" is formed in an individual's mind. Without getting into it too deeply, what it comes down to is that every person has in their mind a…"
"One can certainly prove a negative; proving a universal negative is much more difficult and in some cases impossible. It's easy to show there is no cat in this box; impossible under normal circumstances to demonstrate that there are no cats in…"
"I agree. I didn't learn much science growing up, but I was fortunate enough to go to a Waldorf-style school where we learned about a huge number of polytheistic myths. I think that one needs to hear them all in order to have a well-balanced…"
"An excellent BS call. :-P
It reminds me of Ingersoll's lectures where he put forth that matter is eternal, and all we've ever seen is either matter or force, which is a property of matter. Of course back then the cosmic microwave…"
"Ha! I can summarize that blog post in a few sentences, I think.
"Christopher Hitchens has cancer, but I'm praying for him. I know it will drive him nuts, but I'm doing it because I'm such a good person."
I understand that…"
"I felt the same way when I heard about Hitchens--I was both cheering for him to beat this and hearing Theist buzzards beginning to circle. It's the ultimate transfer of emotions, really, whether they're talking about Hitchens or something…"
"*FACEPALM* No, actually I didn't see that particular response coming. Still, you gotta love how no matter what happens, some believer of some sort will find a way to take credit for it. He smoked, he got cancer, and hopefully he'll be…"
"Well, I think it's a habit like anything else, from biting your nails to bullemia. It will probably take some time to break the habit and direct your attention towards something more productive.
On the other hand I know that when you are going…"
"In a word, no. I don't see how anyone, in the majority or not, has the right to not be made to feel sick. And it does no other harm--no danger, no financial cost, etc. Democracy isn't two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for…"
"I threw together a hypothesis about this. In my opinion it relates to the human tendency to personify our environment. I just started a thread about it; I'd love to get everyone's thoughts on the matter."
Hi Kara Smith, and welcome to this friendly meeting place with freethinking nontheists who recognise that religion is a grand deception aimed at controlling vulnerable superstitious people, including defenceless children; and you know
how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and even longer.