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What Are Your Values?

Started Sep 5, 2011 0 Replies

I found this list of keywords on the internet and I thought it might be good to share it and get an informal sense of what our values are as atheists. What sorts of values do we share as atheists,…Continue

Tags: diversity, similarities, morality, ethics, atheist

A Thoughtful Review of Atlas Shrugged

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hiram May 9, 2011. 3 Replies

I know. I am a naive fool, and about to get whalloped by posts that usually go on for pages with little of value actually being discussed. I don't care. I watched Atlas Shrugged (Part 1) and I want…Continue

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Praise, Blame and Sam Harris's "Confluence"

Posted on December 15, 2011 at 10:04pm 1 Comment

In a forthcoming article in the New Statesman, Sam Harris states that not only is the idea of god a delusion, but so also is the idea of free will. He states that "we can find no room for it in the causal order" and that "all of our behavior can be traced to biological events about which we have no conscious knowledge." Finally, he states that "every person represents a confluence of forces that he did not will into being - and we can be lucky or very unlucky in this respect."

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What Bothers me About Atheism

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 7:53pm 5 Comments

Last week I was having dinner with a fellow atheist and he was talking about a mutual acquaintance who was preaching to him about creationism. I expressed my views on the subject, being a former creationist, but he said that he wasn't in a hurry to respond because as far as he was concerned, this person was his enemy.



This, I am afraid, is an all too common response among atheists. Our behavior towards the religious is in need of a makeover. Yes, we are the targets of bigotry and… Continue

On Being More Fully Human

Posted on May 14, 2011 at 8:09am 2 Comments

Here's my three-word rebuttal to Hume's is-ought gap: "Get over yourself."



A lot of people seem to think that not having ethics that are sourced outside ourselves is a problem, and that it requires a well-thought-out solution. This is not the case. It has become increasingly obvious that our ethical sense is built on the bedrock of biology and natural selection, and that guilt, compassion, fear, and anger, emotions commonly associated with being ethical, are instincts dictated by… Continue

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At 2:19pm on February 2, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi Michael, and welcome to the world of common sense that is atheism on Atheist Nexus----far from the beliefs of the masses with their superstitions and fictional god.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 400 discussion topics and 2350 members.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terry Meaden
At 11:12pm on January 30, 2011, Atheist Princess said…
Welcome Fellow Heathen ( :
At 6:33pm on January 30, 2011, Catherine Piske said…

Welcome to Nexus, Michael :)

 

I am so glad to hear that the Hitchens/Dembski debate helped sway your beliefs, or lack thereof. I was also at the debate, it was something to behold.

 

 

 
 
 

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