"My point is that cultural animosity against suicide transcends religion.
To give an analogy, most religions are hierarchical and enjoin amongst worshipers a stance of meek obedience. But a similar cult of obedience is entirely possible…"
"Suicide is obviously an intensely personal decision, but just as obviously, the consequences extend far beyond the personal. If we disavow any serious supposition that there's some cosmic force looking out for us – as presumably…"
"Having now spent several years immersed in the excruciating frustrations of online dating, my impression on "settling" has been colored by recent experience.
First, I need to soften my earlier stance (written now some 3 years ago!)…"
"I've been away from this site for a while, and one reason for this was my late mother's illness. Contrary to expectations, I actually ended up as her caregiver. For much of her illness, she was functional and independent - in…"
"Joshua, your experience is yet another data-point supporting the idea that non-belief stems from a deeper scholarship of religion itself. Investigation within a religion - and not necessarily any intentional polemic against the religion - is…"
"The implicit idea behind "prayer" is that if the individual remains without prayer, he remains a single unit. But if the subject of prayer, then he's absorbed into the tribe. His formerly solitary tribulations now become…"
"Today's dominant religions have had many centuries over which to develop and codify their creeds. Lots of smart people with deeply vested interests have worked through their respective doctrines to charm, ensnare, cajole and contain…"
"Following others' lead, here is an attempt to return to the original question in this thread... atheist reasoning on gun control.
In religious circles, the operative question is whether a given idea is or is not consistent with the…"
"The math doesn't add up. A 10 kg mass, lifted by 1 meter near the surface of the earth, acquires 100 Joules of potential energy. With 100% perfect conversion efficiency, that energy amounts to 1W of power for 100…"
Living alone obviously implies a certain element of, well, being alone - albeit not necessarily loneliness. Most times, one can immerse oneself in work, a hobby, a book, or some other distraction. But from time to time, there are the overbearing bolts of loneliness, the sudden feeling almost akin to panic of having no recourse to the companionship or attention of others. Thankfully this is rare. But it does occur. For example, I had such an episode when getting stuck in a snowstorm while…See More
"Somehow I missed this discussion last June, but better late than never.
The connection between religion and reproduction is that both draw from a feeling of personal connection to some great and abiding continuum. Religions, without…"
"Russell (and others),
The statistics on homicide rate, and on gun-related homicide rate, indeed point to America as being markedly unusual amongst industrialized societies, and in a negative sense. However, I would argue that while any life…"