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The Dangers of Atheism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Madhukar Kulkarni Mar 22, 2013. 23 Replies

I ran a quick search for discussions on this topic and nothing came up, so I thought I'd make a thread on it to see what you guys think. The provocative title of this thread is identical to the title…Continue

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Agora and Hypatia: Separating Fact from Fiction

Started this discussion. Last reply by AgeOfAtheists14 Mar 26, 2013. 72 Replies

Alright, I know that this might be a bit of a serious topic to discuss around the "water cooler", but bear with me. I'm a bit of a history nut, and a big pet peeve of mine are the pseudo-historical…Continue

Atheist from Belgium

Started this discussion. Last reply by booklover Jan 1, 2012. 10 Replies

Hey what's up everybody ;)Just thought I'd stop by and say hi. I'm a 17-year-old (well, almost 18) atheist from Belgium. My name is Mathieu, but since you Americans have trouble with them French…Continue

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Correctly applying skepticism (in history)

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 7:30pm 1 Comment

I want to talk briefly about what it really means to be a skeptic. Skepticism can be variously defined, but it generally relates to the idea that information needs to be well supported by evidence to be believed. It seems characterised by an attitude that questions sources, checks facts, analyses data, and fields a healthy amount of incredulity with regards to nonsense.

In short, I think a skeptic is someone who comes to beliefs about reality through a process of rational inquiry into…


Historical Myths and Atheism

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 5:30am 36 Comments

As most of you who know me have found out, I spend a fair amount of time on this site not just making friends and having conversations, but also have debates which usually center around history. I am not a professional historian, but I am pretty well-read on the subject and consider it one of my hobbies, so I usually find myself debating with people not very familiar with the issues.

What I've noticed is that many atheists are not as historically literate as they think (I've…


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At 9:00pm on January 7, 2012, Lorien said…

Watergate was a coverup. Yes conspiring does exist but the conspiracy theory rhetoric is a complete waste of time and never ends because they don't accept provided evidence proving there claims are wrong.

At 4:21pm on January 7, 2012, Lorien said…

I wonder if my double facepalm will be deleted again on that 9/11 blog. Some atheists just can't make the leap to being a skeptic. You can't be a real skeptic if you are not an atheist (non-believer) but you can be an atheist and believe in conspiracy and paranormal crap.

At 1:56am on December 31, 2011, Alice said…
At 7:30pm on May 15, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Matt! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D We'll have some interesting conversations. Maybe you can start one.
At 5:35am on September 23, 2010, Rob van Senten said…
Hi Matt VDB,

Thanks, and you're welcome!
I hope that the discussion at the "Man Made God" blog from Richard Goscicki will not be completely derailed.
At 6:27am on September 21, 2010, Rob van Senten said…
Hi Matt VDB,

I just came by to tell you that I appreciate your input. A|N needs more people that actually check the facts before regurgitating them, thanks!
At 3:38pm on August 9, 2010, Mark R. Stevens said…
Not a problem here -I do understand that these are emotional issues and have had a lifetime of practice discussing them. I like to think that those of us independent thinkers are a cut above -if that's not being too pompous...

I appreciate the comment
At 1:26pm on June 9, 2010, nick altman said…
Thanks for the heads up. Quite a claim, his site at first glance seems to hint at a lot of woo and spiritualism. I hope he did not come here based on an appeal to our atheism to support his argument.
At 9:52am on June 7, 2010, Ben Gold said…
Yes, I remember my time in Brussels very fondly. It was a beautiful and interesting city, but most of all I stuffed myself full of beer, waffles, fries, and chocolate. It might have been the most delicious (and gluttonous) weekend of my life. I love traveling and so far I've been lucky enough to make it work and still feed myself most of the time. There are great things on this side of the pond of course, but if I were you I'd treasure my time in Europe more. Maybe it's a "grass is greener" kind of thing, but with the exception of New York I'd say all my favorite places in the world are much closer to you than to me. Enjoy it while you're there!
At 9:30am on June 7, 2010, Ben Gold said…
Thanks for the welcome, and thanks again for the interesting conversation. So far I'm enjoying the site.

You have a good eye when it comes to beer glasses: that picture was in fact taken in Brussels when I was there in November!



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