"Not really a quote, but something I saw on another forum and have ...er...borrowed...
"This is a paraphrase of an old usenet posting regarding free-will ...
People think that Stalin was evil because he sent lots of people to the Gulags. But…"
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"My inclination would be to say they don't. Now Dawkins and Dennet are intelligent guys, and Dennet has some grasp of philosophy, but their work is scientistic and moralizing. Note that when I say 'scientistic' I mean a misapplication…"
"This WAAAAY later, but . . . . I agree with you.
I think we atheists tend to fall into the trap of knowing we are right and not attempting to "bridge this gap" by empathising with our opposition.
In changing a person's…"
I've been atheist for about 35 of my 43 years. Been playing guitar for around 28 years (but still only know the three chords i learned from the sleevenotes of the damned's Machine Gun
Etiquette, which included chord tab for…"
"The current 'everyone draw Mohammed' idea is a direct reaction to the proposal that an individual or small group if people can be prevented from putting pen to paper by threats of violence. The thinking is that when such threats are made…"
"I have an undergrad degree in philosophy, but I'm definitely not a professional philosopher.
My own philosophical sympathies have in general tended toward Kant and Wittgenstein (though now I'm gravitating more toward Spinoza, and have…"
"I love that Camus quote. Shakespeare got there way before him though: "to be or not to be - that is the question."
In fact, I would argue that all religions that offer an afterlife are answering that question as mostly 'no.'"
"I think that's about right, Dave. I think if religion weren't so dominant, it would be just another flavor of woowoo, like ghosts, ESP, etc. And in that scenario, atheism would simply be an unnamed flavor of skepticism. "So you say…"
"One strategy encountered in philosophy is to challenge others' and one's own views via thought experiments (John Searle's 'Chinese Room' or Hilary Putnam's 'Twin World' come to mind). In relation to atheism,…"
"I realize this is way late and somewhat ironic, but I wasn't attempting to suggest that we should find some way to accommodate subjective 'evidence' in the debate. Just that we need to take the different 'baselines' into…"
"Lorien, You're not wrong, but I don't like him very much any more (if Pete's blog is true, and the evidence seems to suggest it is).
This affair has just served to confirm the view held by many, many believers that atheists are a…"
"I got the order of events a bit wrong in my previous post; the over-the-top comments were posted after the more restrained critical thread on RD.net had been removed and a number of admins' accounts and histories entirely deleted."
Thanks so much for your comment. My post "Do Atheists Hate Gays" created quite a stir in our friendly little e-community. One super-homophobe was banned from AN for life, and the after-life, and at least two AN members were incensed that I would have the audacity to even suggest such an outrageous topic, which makes me think they struggle with the issue also. Based on the blog entries, I determined that atheists are not impervious to the ubiquitous religious dogma. Thankfully, the majority of AN members who responded are sane, articulate, and support equality.
I have yet to find a rational reason why some atheists hate a particular group of people. I would be very interested to hear your experiences in the UK. Maybe you can ask your atheist-homophobic friends why they hate “poofters” and let me know.
Welcome to Atheist Nexus with its thousands of good friends.
Try joining groups like the busy discussion group ORIGINS (Origins: Universe, Life, Humans, Evolution, Religion..... ).
I have been running a long discussion there about being "Proud to be Atheist" as we all should be,
seeing that we hold the intellectual high ground over the nonsense of the irrational, superstitious god believers.