Been a bystander for the last year since joining this group. Mostly reading news posted here and any atheist material I can get my hands on. Well, decided to stop sitting on the fence and really start doing something. Would like to find other like-minded folks living in Hong Kong, discuss with them, organize, and take action to promote scientific thought and atheist ideals, and to assist in putting an end to the destructive superstition that faith based religions bring along.
Atheism is not a system of thought. It is not a moral code. It is simply the lack of one particularly stupid conviction. Therefore, atheists are not, as I just read, good people as such. They certainly can be and if I know someone is an atheist, then I am more likely to take them seriously. I might be able to infer some reasonability in their character and therefore a more likely proper moral code, but just because one is not a believer of one foolish thing does not mean he or she is not a… Continue
"We'll look back on this 50 to 100 years from now- we'll shake our heads and say, 'What were people thinking? They took these people who were very nearly viable, just barely dysfunctional, and put them in an oven or buried them under the ground, when there were people who could have put them into cryopreservation.'"-Max More, New CEO of Alcor
I am not an avid user of Facebook, but I do use it occasionally for events. After people found out I had finally joined the Facebook hive I started getting friend invites from a whole lot of people. At first I accepted them all with open arms thinking I'm was the coolest guy on the internet. But then reality kicked in and I found out that I don't really give a fuck if someone is going to go work out today, or if someone just painted their toenails. But then there is the worst of it…
I just recently moved back to the midwest after having spent about 10 years in major cities around the world. I have enjoyed being single with the occasional girlfriend for most of that time. But the reason I enjoyed it so much, was due to the city life in which I was accustomed. There were always other single people that wanted to go out and shoot pool, or go bowling, and there were always the prospects of meeting single women the same age with a lot of the attributes I was looking for.…
What do you live for? Why do you work? To what end? Is this life just a ride you get to experience for 80 years or so, if you're lucky? Is your reason to be alive to serve God or some other purpose? Is it to serve others? Your family? Or is it to serve yourself? To what end is the purpose of your life? Is it the attainment of virtues? The fulfillment of values? To what end?
I believe that no matter the explicitly articulated reason someone thinks they live, the real reason is personal…
Why does it feel good to see others happy? Why would we be interested in others' welfare? Why try to survive? Why make decisions toward our own welfare? We are hardwired. It is that simple. It is the way we are evolved. This is the way it is, even before people started talking about it (at earliest, as people were first talking about it). Every single person is always the final arbiter of every decision they make, whether it helps others or not. The final common goal in life is always personal… Continue
(found on ThinkingAtheist's channel)Look at our world through the eyes of Suzie, a devoutly religious girl who sees divine love and intervention everywhere. This cocoon of comfort keeps her ignorant of science and safely away from critical thought, but it sure makes her happy. If you've interacted with the deeply religious, you've probably met someone in your own life that is just like…
This is just a very short and simple version of what I have argued as the proper way to understand choice. I believe there is no such thing as freewill. Choice, in my opinion is a causally determined mental calculation that we are all relatively free to make. Freedom and control are relative terms describing a relatioship between entities. Neither can be absolute, ever. Of course we have relative freedom to choose, it is just that that choice is not completely free from anything and not at…
In February 2007, former Taliban and Mujahideen groups managed to stage a rather uneventful rally in support of a legal amnesty for war crimes and human rights abuses for all the warlords as well as many ex-communist power brokers. It was quite a spectacle to see how groups who only years earlier distrusted one another like a pack of hungry wolves were now eager to go on the public record in the defense the atrocities they collectively committed. While they chanted "Death to…
A copy of the 1997 letter from the Vatican, obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE and provided to AP, warning Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police. Photograph: AP
A letter to Ireland's Roman Catholic bishops has been revealed by the broadcaster RTE that contradicts the… Continue
Muslims usually don't drink alcohol. I say usually because I know quite a lot of Muslims that do drink some alcohol and do other stuff they shouldn't do. But never question their religion!!! Might get you into trouble.
Now the prohibition can be explained quite easily using the following verse in the Quran:
“O ye who believe! Intoxicants and Gambling, (Dedication of) stones, And (divination by) arrows, Are an Abomination – Of Satan’s handiwork; Eschew such (abomination), That ye… Continue
My life has presented me with no shortage of opportunities to re-evaluate my thinking, or to show me my short falls when it comes to my path of reasoning. It never comes when I think it will, nor will it present itself in a comfortable manner. My latest moment of clarity came when I asked a question of other people that I had not asked of myself in years, "Do MLK's accomplishments in the area of civil rights outshine his anti-Semitism enough we can call him a hero without shame?" It was not my… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on January 18, 2011 at 10:08pm —
DUBLIN – A 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police — a disclosure that victims' groups described as "the smoking gun" needed to show that the church enforced a worldwide culture of covering up crimes by pedophile priests.