I was wrong. I used to think that ignorance of the scientific origins of the universe, life and mankind was behind the faith of the believers. And I used to recommend to my fellow atheists & Secular humanists that they should read the introductory literature on cosmology, astrophysics, evolutionary biology, anthropology & Evolutionary psychology so that they can convince the believers of the natural causes of origins (Universe, Life & Man) & hence persuade them to stop…Continue
I was watching this video series, which contains interviews with defectors from North Korea. These people underwent ordeals similar to the Underground Railroad, except they were leaving mental enslavement and starvation in North Korea, for the uncertainty of freedom, first as illegal immigrants in China, then ultimately to South Korea where they were welcomed with open arms. What do they day about happiness?Continue
I promote Humanism for a reason.
The Atlantic had a great article about how the secularization of the electorate is impacting politics. If you are unfamiliar with the term, let me translate. More and more people lack religion. Because our beliefs impact our politics, larger groups of…
What was the first thing you did when you woke up this morning? Chances are you used water. Try to imagine life without water. It's tough,…Continue
Have you ever noticed how believers handily redefine Christianity to fit their personal agendas, prejudices and circumstances? I have.
For numerous examples of this practice, see the comments about my piece for Daily Kos:…Continue
Back in college, I was invited to participate in a production of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, which was being put on by the drama department of Notre Dame College. It was a nice diversion from my engineering studies for one thing, as well as causing me to gain two really good friends from the then-all-female enrollment of that school. I don’t recall ever actually reading for any one particular role, but I wound up with the part of George Gibbs, who starts out as a wide-eyed kid…Continue
A perennial claim made by the moderately religious and religious apologists alike is that religion and science are somehow compatible, and that religion need not be an impediment to the advancement of human knowledge and the welfare of mankind. However, try as we might to reach this accommodation, we find that faith and reason are ― now more than ever ― anything but best…Continue
I absolutely love this. In Town Halls across the USA, people have been stepping it up.
In Las Vegas during a town hall, Senator
Catherine Cortez Masto was getting pressed about Universal healthcare. After skating around it a few times, people were not satisfied with her answer.
Rigorous science is critical to my administration's efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection. My administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks. As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.
-- President Donald Trump, commenting on the March for Science…
Over and over again in life, things happen. Things that don't make us happy today, and won't make us happy tomorrow, or probably, ever. Hearing about those things, or reading about the repeatedly, won't make us happy, today or tomorrow, or the next day.Continue
Srikanta Swamy (SS): What do you say to someone who is struggling with the pain of withdrawal symptoms of leaving his religion and coming to the realization that this is all there is and that there are no personal Gods - Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva, speaking in the context of our Hinduism?
Me: Deal with it. It's a fact of life. Look at the bright side. You no longer have to worry about eternal punishment. Your life is now your own, not governed by external forces except for those imposed…Continue
Variations on the following have just been sent to the feedback sites for CBS, NBC, and ABC News:
I may be mistaken regarding your current journalistic focus, but a bunch of ineffectual cruise missiles in Syria, then one large bomb goes BOOM in Afghanistan and any attention the media may be paying to the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged complicity on the part of Donald Trump's campaign seems to have been distracted. Insofar as I'm…
WHY PRAYER "WORKS"
Prayer is a unique combination of meditation, wishful thinking, simple greed, conscience-clearing and a desire for peace of mind. It’s all rolled into one! And it’s all quite selfish when you examine it.
Since most people begin prayer with their eyes closed and their hands clasped or at least at rest, you’re off to a good start in the area of relaxation. That’s really all meditation is anyway, which is why it works for so many people.…Continue
With Canada's 150th anniversary just around the corner (July 1) our national song should be one that everyone can sing with gusto (being on key not required). Unfortunately, the official words in both official languages exclude many Canadians (National Anthems Act, 1980)
Immigrants are excluded in both English and French - "home and native land," et "terre de nos aieux."
Women will be included if the Senate approves "in all of us…Continue
A mentally healthy person whether a believer or non-believer has to have these nine characteristics:
- Self interest,
- Self direction,
- Acceptance of Uncertainty,
- Scientific thinking,
- Risk Taking, &
- Self acceptance.
These characteristics are CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT in Religious people. Let us see how this happens.
1. SELF-INTEREST. The emotionally healthy…Continue
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Of course it is true that some highly educated people believe religious claims. Why is that?
Permit me to offer some explanations.
FIRST, smart persons are very good at defending ideas that they believe for non-smart reasons. They want to believe something, say for emotional reasons, and they then become quite adept at defending those beliefs after the fact, since they are smart! But it is arrogant of those with no credentials in the sciences, and no experience in the field or…Continue
Faith is belief in illusory things that are not based in fact. Since gods know everything, they can't have faith. So gods are atheists.
Because they are already the highest power, they don't believe in a higher power. So they are atheists because atheists do not believe in higher powers.
* Jesus ( Historians/Archaeologists say he didn't exist) did not believe in the god of Judaism or the Roman gods. So he was an…
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With Science, we can progress.
The Universe equals everything which exists.
The Universe consists of matter (dark and visible) and energy.
None of the aforementioned things are supernatural.
Nothing which exists is supernatural.