I've uploaded my Halloween photos from October 2008.
They can be found, lurking, here:
I look forward to reading any comments.
When I was training as a teacher there was this prohibition against even mentioning Halloween. I never did understand the reason (though I can guess). It always struck me as a tremendous resource for art and creativity, narrative (eg setting, mood) and… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on February 19, 2009 at 6:05am —
A Reason for Everything
Instinctively making sense of the world
by Hania Koever
Charles Darwin should be spinning in his grave: more than 40 percent of American adults still don't believe in evolution. Though Darwin's theory has been universally accepted by scientists, public resistance remains remarkably forceful. Meanwhile, creationism and intelligent design enjoy widespread public support.
UC Berkeley psychologist Tania Lombrozo is interested in why people… Continue
Added by Phillip Law on February 19, 2009 at 4:48am —
The majority of people in America are apparently not atheists or even ascribers to the theory of evolution.
Having said this- I can tell you that the depiction of the bullet riddled chimp cadaver splayed on a suburban lawn ; with the two uniformed men and what appears to be a smoking glock- with the caption from one of the men saying "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill" This kind of thing is tasteless to me and I'm an atheist who ascribes to the theory of… Continue
Added by Clarence Dember on February 19, 2009 at 1:30am —
So I was sitting outside Starbucks with my girlfriend today after school. And two ladies came up to me and introduced themselves. Apparently they were from the church down the street and wanted to "ask us a few questions". I figured this would be a good opportunity to see first hand what happens when an atheist crushed someones religious arguments.
So I agreed to the questionnaire. But, as with most religions, I was misinformed about what I had just volunteered for. The entire… Continue
Added by JustJoshNYou on February 18, 2009 at 11:21pm —
Added by Dawn Meggison on February 18, 2009 at 9:56pm —
The Garden of Proserpine
by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Here, where the world is quiet;
Here, where all trouble seems
Dead winds' and spent waves' riot
In doubtful dreams of dreams;
I watch the green field growing
For reaping folk and sowing,
For harvest-time and mowing,
A sleepy world of streams.
I am tired of tears and laughter,
And men that laugh and weep;
Of what may come hereafter
For men that sow to reap:
Added by Mike Haynes on February 18, 2009 at 9:00pm —
I don't know if this is true or not, but it is reported here
"Christopher Hitchens is currently in Beirut sponsored by the same group that owns that crap NOW Lebanon. He got in a few nights ago and surprisingly went out drinking. On his way out of the bar he saw an SSNP poster and wrote on it "Fuck the SSNP". There just happened to be some SSNP thugs near by--most likely asking people for their ID,… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on February 18, 2009 at 9:00pm —
I posted a new blog entry today... but for some reason Blogger decided to stick it under yesterday's post. Odd.
I thought it was high time that I wrote about the impossible man that is my father.
Anyway, here it is:
My dad is extremely intelligent. But sometimes he gets a little carried away and ends up being one of these people who is ready to believe any piece of pseudo-scientific, crackpot, conspiracy theory news. For example:
Giant Worms on… Continue
Added by EnsignR on February 18, 2009 at 8:16pm —
"...But if you want everlasting life, that’s a completely different issue, and that’s where Christianity is unique. Almost all religions are what are called “works righteousness” religions. By that I mean they maintain that you have to do something to merit salvation (eternal life). However, Christianity says that we can’t do that because we are criminals in God’s eyes, who have seriously violated His Law. That means that anything we try and do to please God (fasting, praying, etc.) are not… Continue
Added by Kristine Robinson on February 18, 2009 at 7:26pm —
Please, join the fight!
Newdow vs Roberts
Added by V1ktor on February 18, 2009 at 6:02pm —
AU ACTION ALERT
Atheists United is proud to be among the first organizations to join as a plaintiff in Newdow vs. Roberts which seeks to remove references to religion from the Presidential Inauguration ceremony. Michael Newdow is looking for 1000 new plaintiffs in the case. If you are interested in becoming one of them, read his message below:
From Michael Newdow:
“Although many think that the inaugural lawsuit was lost, it was anything but. We merely lost a… Continue
Added by Atheists United on February 18, 2009 at 3:18pm —
Traipsing through the jungles of Panama with people who are largely uneducated about evolution was an experience. Everywhere one looks, there is evidence of sexual and natural selection going on, even in the humans. While my Panamanian associates were non-religious in large measure, they seem to have no understanding of the mechanisms of evolution and how they manifest themselves especially in tropical climes. It reminds me that we have a huge educational opportunity, even with those who are… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on February 18, 2009 at 2:24pm —
Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?
--Arthur C. Clarke
The World is divided into armed camps ready to commit genocide just because we can't agree on whose fairy tales to believe.
In the end, Religion will kill us all.
-- Ed Krebs
Added by IMAOZI on February 18, 2009 at 2:02pm —
In the recent edition of the Osservatore Romano (16-17 Feb 2009) there is a very short piece entitled "In the footsteps of Galileo science must value faith and reason." The message is spelled out in the first sentence, stating that scientists are called upon by the Vatican to not renounce "neither reason nor faith". To suggest that scientists do not value reason is an insult of the highest order. But the abuse of language which is one of the hallmarks of Vatican propaganda needs not only to be… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on February 17, 2009 at 10:42pm —
So my friend's mother dies, not unexpectedly, at an advanced age. He sends us all an e-mail, asking us to pray for his father, if we can.
Must...not...reply..."So if we pray, your god will decide not to make a poor old man more miserable than he already is, or put happy thoughts in his head, or what?!"
Not a good time to bring it up. I couldn't resist the other day, however; same group of people, one of them said a doctor was discussing his mother's cancer, and he (the… Continue
Added by Moonbeam on February 17, 2009 at 9:00pm —
I suffer from a chronic sinus condition. I have had it since childhood and have just learned to live with it, to the point where I hardly notice. My nose is always stuffed, not due to any allergy per se, but I think it may call for some sort of surgical procedure. I know I should look into it, but money seems to be the problem and the current state of our health care system is…..blah, blah.....not the point of this blog…..
Here’s the real issue:
I work around many people… Continue
Added by zeeman barzell on February 17, 2009 at 12:36pm —
I simply can't stand us. Really I can't. We crack me up.
I've written before about the endless obsession of the freethought community with labels
: atheist vs.
humanist, atheist vs.
agnostic, humanist vs.
secular humanist, nonreligious vs.
I don't mind someone saying why they choose one over another, or why they switch back and forth in different situations. What I've had enough… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on February 17, 2009 at 11:24am —
(Wrote this on Myspace some time ago, and thought it was time I reposted it here.)
Let's start with a short 'pop' quiz ...
Q. How do we know that God is real?
A. Faith!… Continue
Added by Chrys Stevenson on February 17, 2009 at 5:56am —
Please check out the above link to my YouTube channel where you'll find 100 videos, these will give you better idea about me than I can here on a keyboard.
Added by coughlan666 on February 17, 2009 at 4:36am —
A man was playing soccer. He tripped and hit his head. When he got up he knew only his language. He saw two men arguing.
"What do you mean, heirs of ANY caliph can be a successor of Muhammad?"
"They were trained the same, were they not? Does it matter if they share blood?"
The man thought for a second.
"Muhammad wouldn't care whether they shared blood, he trained them the same!"
The first arguer frustrated, left.
The second arguer and the man talked for the rest of… Continue
Added by zack on February 16, 2009 at 11:23pm —