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Added by Joan Denoo on February 26, 2017 at 11:15am — 4 Comments

Why Are Atheists So Toxic?

I see this question asked by religious folk frequently. I do disagree with some of the harsher anti-religious sentiments, at least as far as tone is concerned, but I understand exactly where those attitudes come from. Christians (speaking from the USA) have a harder time seeing the hold their religion has on our society and the actual harm it can do. When they are faced with the topic of crimes and abuses committed by other Christians, I commonly hear that the perpetrators were not "true…

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Added by Teagraves on February 24, 2017 at 8:16pm — 10 Comments

Me + weed

I was a bad student. I didn't really learn how to read until I was 8 and was defensive that I was stupid. I was hyper, had crazy add and didn't act right It continued pretty much until high school I was drinking and did not give a fuck.



When I first cupple of times tried weed I didn't get high. I didn't know how to smoke it. One day I was smoking in a group and one of the guys noticed I was a noob and taught me the propper way. He was very nice about it. When I got high my brain felt… Continue

Added by Gwen on February 23, 2017 at 6:25am — 4 Comments

The counter intuitive nature of the universe

First I would like to note that I'm still working on Part 2 of what is science, since a strong understanding of what is evidence, and how one weighs various forms of evidence, and separates evidence from falsehoods is so important I am taking my time with it to ensure I get the best quality and highest accuracy that I can (while hopefully still making it fun and enjoyable for you all). Thank you John Elder for suggesting I read Carl Sagan while I work on…

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Added by BenGee on February 23, 2017 at 5:15am — 3 Comments

"Damn universe; it's not obeying my math!" And then a segue to power.

Those seven quoted words, together with America's religiosity during the 1920s, explain the battle between two models of the universe, the gravitational (Big Bang, or BB) model and the electric universe (EU) model.



Be advised that knowing the stuff before the segue will not help you pay the rent or even feed your pet gerbil. The stuff after the segue, if you choose to learn and use it, may help you pay more than the rent, feed more than one pet gerbil, and make you a leader in…

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Added by tom sarbeck on February 23, 2017 at 1:37am — 3 Comments

An amazing overview of my favorite show of all time.

Cowboy Bebop,

A Japanese animation with 24 episodes and 1 movie, that I first saw as a kid. It quickly became immortalized within my heart upon viewing the final frame of the final episode. In the moment of the "protagonists" death a message is left for the viewer.  Against a black screen in white letters, instead of "to be continued..." It says simply, "You're gonna carry that weight.

I've tried to explain how important this show is to me in the past with friends, and…

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Added by BenGee on February 19, 2017 at 10:25pm — 4 Comments

Is gravity weaker than magnetism (or electromagnetism)

So, fun little experiment. Take an electromagnet and a piece of metal (or even just a regular magnet and some metal), place them close together and watch the metal "stick" to the magnet. You can have some fun making the metal move, and even suspend the metal in air. 

HOLY SHIT YOU JUST DEFEATED GRAVITY!!!! woooo! this must mean that magnetic forces are billions upon billions upon billions times more powerful than gravity right? Eh, not really.

(Also claims that…

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Added by BenGee on February 19, 2017 at 4:30am — 19 Comments

I've been waylaid with a pressing question that needs answers.

I was watching a video and again confronted with something that has bothered me for years. So I wrote the maker of the video in the hopes they might have an answer. I'll leave the letter here as well, maybe someone can finally answer my question.

Hello, I recently watched your video "Countering the Moral Argument part" 1 and 2 and was reminded of a question that has been bothering me for many years. I sincerely hope you see this message, can respond, and hopefully…

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Added by BenGee on February 18, 2017 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Trans

I´ve always thought of partner and myself as an ordinary hetero couple, even if my attention often wandered to women. Perhaps we still are the ordinary couple, but things can suddenly change in unexpected ways, even for people of over sixty.

On Januari 1 of this year we were still drinking wine with a couple of neighbours when our neighbour put off her wig in the overheated room - she is still in transition. Rien, who is usually not very spontaneous put on her wig, and suddenly all…

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Added by Plinius on February 16, 2017 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Purpose

I mentioned in one of my comments exactly where I think I may be heading with my little corner of the blogosphere.

I've been thinking of continuing to make material, refine my work through the encouragement and feedback from all of you, and then releasing my work to a wider audience. You may wonder why I choose some of the topics that I do, considering much of it should be well known within this community, well this is why. I'm thinking about the future and working on things I…

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Added by BenGee on February 16, 2017 at 3:35am — 9 Comments

Thoughts on the book, "A beginners guide to our Electric Universe" By Tom Findlay (Part 1) Revised (cleaner)

After consulting with John Elder I decided to post this on my blog, it’s a more polished version of my debunk of EU. I intend to debunk the entire book, however I plan on only releasing these in chunks and well-spaced out as I do not want my personal blog to be centered around this one book of falsehoods. This is a practical application of almost every other topic I've written about in my blog, so it is relevant. However there are many more valuable and important topics I do not wish to put…

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Added by BenGee on February 16, 2017 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

What is Science? (Can Science be a religion) Part 1

I wasn't feeling up to tackling this all in one go, so here's the first half, I'll try and finish the rest tomorrow.

You know I talk a lot about pseudoscience, and why many pseudo-scientific belief systems are clearly bullshit. But to quote so many people I've talked to "How do you know?" I mean, "How can you be sure you're correct?," I mean after all, "Isn't Science just another belief system?"

Now to be clear, I don't like the word belief. Fuck belief I don't…

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Added by BenGee on February 14, 2017 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

"Mistakes" in science

So many science deniers, pseudo science advocates, and religious apologists try to claim that Science has "made mistakes" 

They imply that since science isn't always right, so all of it is subject to suspicion, and their hypothesis is clearly correct because its easier to understand.

Statements like, "I simply can't believe that everything in the universe fit into something smaller than a pinhead," are nothing more than an argument from ignorance, or an argument…

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Added by BenGee on February 13, 2017 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Flat Earth, Young Earth Creationists, and all other Pseudo Science nonsense

Cards on the table time, if you disagree with ANY scientific field of study (or all of them), you do not have to disprove their hypothesis or theory. You really don't need to attack evolution, cosmology, the theory of gravity, the laws of the conservation of energy. You don't have to disprove a damn thing.

Pretty cool huh?

All you have to do is prove your alternative hypothesis. That's literally all you have to…

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Added by BenGee on February 13, 2017 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

Thoughts on pseudoscience

Feedback is always encouraged.

For one to make room for a pseudo-scientific belief they must ignore or change natural laws, the math, those things which serve as the foundations for scientific study. If we allow such an exception to accept a pseudo-scientific belief. Logical consistency and intellectual integrity would by extension require we carry those same exceptions into other fields of study. Fields which depend on the consistent, and reliable…

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Added by BenGee on February 7, 2017 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Sunday Morning Christians

I'd like to think that I came from a typical American family. We had a roof over our heads, although it was cramped at times. We had clothes to wear, but rarely anything brand name. We routinely had doctor and dentist visits. We always had enough to eat, thanks to my dad's hard work and later, my mother's as well when she didn't need to be watching the kids any longer.

I was more insulated than most from certain things; I only had one relative who had been divorced (an…

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Added by Milo Coots on February 1, 2017 at 6:08pm — 4 Comments

Women's March 2017 – Impressions

On the night of 8 November, 2016, in the wake of the stunning election of Donald John Trump to the presidency of the United States, an idea was started by a Facebook post and grew from there to proportions hitherto unheard of.  The idea?  A march, to react to the new presidency and insist on a maintenance of rights, for women, for LGBTQ folks, immigrants, legal or not, in short for anyone who stands to be minimized at least or injured at worst by the new administration.



Two and a…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 1, 2017 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Living with crazies.

In the two years since I was last here..

I have almost died.

Which sent me to the hospital for a few weeks.

Had my dog hit by a car the week I got out of the hospital.

She lost a leg.

After two years lost my home.

Had to give up said dog.  That one still hurts.

Had to leave Oregon for California to live with family.

And now I live with my Dad and his fifth wife and they are Christian…

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Added by Nick Walker on January 26, 2017 at 12:15am — 6 Comments

The Ethical argument for Veganism- a comment on a Facebook post

Vegans who argue from ethical grounds usually use some version of Utilitarianism, which is compassion  made universal and exclusive. Peter Singer, for example. David Hume had a reply: for ethics built around compassion, the question is, do we have ENOUGH compassion to motivate us to follow the ethical rule prescribed? He said "Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don't, and when we don't, why…
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Added by John B Hodges on January 25, 2017 at 8:37am — 4 Comments

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