January 2012 Blog Posts (97)

Correctly applying skepticism (in history)

I want to talk briefly about what it really means to be a skeptic. Skepticism can be variously defined, but it generally relates to the idea that information needs to be well supported by evidence to be believed. It seems characterised by an attitude that questions sources, checks facts, analyses data, and fields a healthy amount of incredulity with regards to nonsense.

In short, I think a skeptic is someone who comes to beliefs about reality through a process of rational inquiry into…

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Added by Matt VDB on January 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Paraedolia and the Grieving Atheist

I have some really dear friends who, like me, have children who have died.  Unlike me, however, they see signs and messages from their dead children in clouds, flight patterns of birds, animal (and even insect) behavior, the way flowers float in the water when we toss them in remembrance of ours sons, dreams, and other natural events.  When the conversation turns to these events, I'm extremely uncomfortable.  These so-called "messages" seem to be comforting to my friends,and the last thing I…

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Added by Dorris Journeay on January 26, 2012 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Support A/N

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Added by Darrel Ray on January 26, 2012 at 10:07am — 2 Comments

My New Children`s book “Great Without Religion.”

Hello everyone! My name is Lance and I have just published my first children`s book, “Great Without Religion: Being an atheist kid in a world full of gods.” I wrote it because, like most authors of freethinking or atheist books, I find it hard to believe that there are no books like the ones we have been forced to write, which tell the truth about gods and religion. Personally, I wrote this book not to be hateful or even disrespectful, but because I, unlike most of you, live in a country…

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Added by Lance Gregorchuk on January 26, 2012 at 9:55am — 4 Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 338: Oxycodone Drug Dream

Back from the hospital and still on drugs. This is what I have managed to share with you in my haze.

Playlist

Attention

Alleee1

Hanna Barbera Underscore

After Your Local News

The Bran Flakes * Oddio Overplay

The Homosexual will have to wear diapers

Azalia Banks * 212 Foot Lazy Jay

Norel Pref * Agree All Day Long

The Flintstones Underscore

Norel…

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Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on January 25, 2012 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Reddit - Sex and God

I hope you will all go on Reddit and vote up for Sex and God it helps get the word out. You can order it on Amazon and wait a week or more to get it or order at IPCPress.com and get a signed copy immediately. Amazon is slow to stock new books, so it has already run out. It will be available on Kindle and other eBooks in a week or two.

Thanks,

Darrel

Added by Darrel Ray on January 25, 2012 at 1:42pm — No Comments

I propose The Apologist's Dilemma

I don't know if something like this already exists, but I'd like to propose an idea I had I call The Apologist's Dilemma. This was partially inspired by the youtube video Putting faith in its place by QualiaSoup.

All the Apologist's Dilemma really boils down to is you can't lie or cheat in a theological debate, referring to two specific lies that are almost universally found at the core of apologist arguments. These are:

A) No amount of invalid arguments will…

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Added by Space Sergeant 101 on January 25, 2012 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

Morals And Self-Control In The Absence Of Religion

Morals And Self-Control In The Absence Of Religion



Religions supply a predefined set of morals.   The higher power, deity or deities is or are believed to reward moral behavior and to punish transgressions.   People are motivated, instigated, coerced or manipulated to follow rules restraining their behavior, either with or without any insight in the benefits and necessity of the rules.    …
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on January 25, 2012 at 7:26am — 11 Comments

The struggle for meaning

I would like to bring out the inspiration of atheists today by drawing from two concepts brought forth by Charles Darwin’s observations.  In The Origin of Species, Darwin  writes about the struggle for existence.  Darwin’s observations led him to the following conclusion:…



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Added by Jonah on January 24, 2012 at 1:47am — 1 Comment

BRUTALLY HONEST: It's The Abuse, Not The Use, That's The Problem

After a seven-week break, heeeeee's baaaacccckkk!!!

Who's back, you ask?

Why none other than my buddy - The Brutal One - David 2 and his weekly BRUTALLY HONEST on-line commentaries!!!

David begins his 16th year of on-line commentaries about what's going on in the news, in society and life in general today with a look at extremism and how it relates to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement. It's got some good advice (and criticism) for both…

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Added by Brent Feeney on January 23, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Houston Convention DVDs

Good News!

The complete record of the Atheist Alliance of America/Texas Freethought Convention is now available on a six-disc, double sided, DVD set, and can be ordered through the AAAmerica website (AtheistAllianceAmerica.org).  

If you could not attend that Convention, this is your chance to capture it all. Even if you were there last October, there was too much going on for you to see it all, particularly in the…

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Added by Chuck VonDerAhe on January 22, 2012 at 10:02am — No Comments

Preorders

Thanks for all the preorders for Sex and God! As a result, it has risen to #10 in books on sexuality, gender and religion, just below Good News About Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions About Catholic Teaching. after the Catholics finish reading that, they can read Sex and God. Any bets on which will give them more accurate information? It is still below What Wives Wish their Husbands Knew about Sex: A Guide for Christian Men, but I think we will catch up soon!

Added by Darrel Ray on January 22, 2012 at 8:16am — No Comments

An Atheist President: Are we ready?

We witnessed the United States reach a significant milestone three years ago when the American people elected a black president.  Abraham Lincoln, viewed historically as the savior for the black race, once said in referring to the black man, “he is not my equal in many respects-certainly not in color, perhaps not in moral or intellectual endowment”.  Of course Lincoln also went on to say, “But in the right to eat the bread, without the leave of anybody else, which his own hand…

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Added by Jonah on January 20, 2012 at 8:38pm — 8 Comments

Need help with a kid

This has nothing to do with atheism, but I have become fond and familiar with the community here and I would like your collective opinion on a sensitive matter with which I am faced. I know a little girl at a chinese restaurant I frequent; she is the owners' daughter and she eats with me when I come in. Recently she mentioned that one of her parent's employees creeps her out, so I asked her why. She said "he tickles me," which immediately sent up red flags to me. I asked her if she had told…

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Added by John Camilli on January 20, 2012 at 2:28pm — 11 Comments

Greed, Wealth, Anger and Envy

The "Occupy Wallstreet" movement is no longer dominating headlines but I still find people debating the "haves" and the "have-nots" and what to do about them. Like most in the Occupy Wallstreet movement, I'm a political independent. I consider myself moderate: a centrist with beliefs spanning both liberal and conservative ideals. I saw a list of 18 demands allegedly made by Occupy Wall Street but their official website denies there are…

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Added by Atheist Exile on January 20, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

my brothers Atheist Manifesto

First and foremost; I do not hold a degree in the field of Evolutionary Biology -- nor am I considered to be an authority in the area Theocracy. In the Scientific community, I most likely would be considered as the ambiguous middle man – a lowly bowery ever so gracefully swinging near the middle link in the evolutionary chain of the self-educated. But above all things I am (if nothing more than) a whisper in the steadily rising crescendo of the unheard voice in the battle between…

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Added by Jarrod Adams on January 20, 2012 at 8:40am — No Comments

Neosocialism - My New Philosophy.

I have started a blog on Wordpress where I can start working on and promoting Neosocialism. The goal of Neosocialism is to develop a philosophy which combines atheism, socialism, information freedom with scientific and technological progress. The goal is to develop and implement a new vision for the future of humanity in space.

The current economic, social and government systems are inappropriate for a life in space and for the future. If we all them to proceed then humanity is doomed…

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Added by Dee Neely on January 19, 2012 at 10:23am — 14 Comments

Germs and strong counter measures.

A great tactic for brain boosting the faith based has got to be a discussion of how germs evolve around antiseptics, antibiotics and antibacterial scrubs but hit the wall when Mr./Mrs. Gotmygermon meets Mr./Mrs. Autoclave! Because people usually don't autoclave eating utensils, it leads to super germs when antibacterial Triclosan based soaps are used instead of less toxic non-pesticide based dish washing licquids since it is too easy to leave dirt on utensils. .

Added by Clarence Dember on January 19, 2012 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Norm's Conceptual Corner: Natural Law

 

Norm’s Conceptual Corner: Natural Law

This week your hosts examine the old modern theory of Natural Law. What is a natural object? Why are there trees? Is God lonely? The purpose of man is questioned. Dishwasher robots are granted free will, and Aristotle is rolling in his grave in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner.

Added by The Mile High Sanity Project on January 18, 2012 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Idea for an Atheist TV show

for starters, it would have to be on cable, i.e. HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc.  simple premise:

 

Atheist person living in a relatively urban/suburban setting, preferably in the deep South.  i'm thinking Atlanta.  he/she should be relatively young, perhaps late 20's or early 30's.  the show depicts the exploits of the protagonist, who is a normal, not combative, Atheist and his/her constant interactions with Theists.  many interactions may be visual and vocal, while others can be…

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Added by matthew greenberg on January 18, 2012 at 2:24pm — 2 Comments

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