March 2016 Blog Posts (18)

Eight Tips for Writing an Eight-Tip Advice Post (Crazy Uncle of A Bullet Point Mind)

The internet is full of pages providing us with numbers.

Numbers and tips!

Numbers OF tips.

That’s right. The internet is full of posts containing a designated number of little advisatory gems. I don’t know how much use there is in reading these lists, but I’m convinced there must be a point to writing them. I reckon the wisdom must reside in the numbers. So, the secret to providing advice online must be to put the advice in the form of a list of useful tips. Most…

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Added by Dan Wall on March 31, 2016 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Fun with Gods and Gays!

NO GOD! FAMOUS ATHEISTS and INFAMOUS THEISTS!

My new eBook...an antidote for America's religiosity!

PLEASE forward this to your members, and others who may be interested.  MANY thanks, Mike.

Two new controversial eBooks by Mike Newell, ex-Broadway and London actor,

have  just become available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Fire, fully illustrated in full color

500 famous thinkers’ thoughts about religion!

Including: Woody…

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Added by Mike Newell on March 28, 2016 at 11:51am — No Comments

My sort of in-laws keep trying to push their religion on us knowing we're atheists



It's no secret that my long time significant other and myself are Atheists.  I routinely post my antithesis thoughts & disdain especially for Christianity (you would understand if you lived in an area predominantly filled with whiny, entitled, intolerant, paranoid, & ignorant Southern Christians) on my social media account on which my almost-MIL is a friend & stalks my page.  My significant other has come out that he is not Christian in the last few years to his dad and…

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Added by Alicia Holtzhauer on March 28, 2016 at 1:20am — 3 Comments

Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…

On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”

Irving Berlin

“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”

Marquee outside church in Massachusetts

Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 26, 2016 at 4:00pm — 14 Comments

Inspire! Motivate! Affirm! Be Heard May 7th! Speakers Needed!

Hey, kiddos!

 

We've got the next online convention coming up on May 7th for the Atheists of Facebook Online Convention. These events are starting to really take off. We had Seth Andrews and Dan Barker on this last time. Anyway, we're starting our next casting call…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on March 24, 2016 at 7:50pm — 2 Comments

Some quotes from Mr. Einstein, worth saving for reference.

Some quotes from Mr. Einstein if it pleases you.



It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. 



- Albert Einstein, letter to…

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Added by John B Hodges on March 22, 2016 at 3:38am — 3 Comments

Argumentation and its Narrative Payoff

It’s been a long time since I read Lakoff and Johnson’s book Metaphors We Live By, but I was recently thinking the internet has surely added a lot of good material for some of its central themes. The the notion of argumentation as warfare comes to mind. In that book, they advanced the notion that a lot of the metaphors people use for argumentation are those associated with warfare and violence in general.…

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Added by Dan Wall on March 20, 2016 at 3:45pm — No Comments

The Need for Humankind to Grow Up

If we’re to grow up as a species, we need to address the systems that infantilize us.

-- TheraminTrees



I recently posted a question to Steve Shives for his “You Had to Ask” series, wherein I asked for his thoughts regarding population growth and the problem it poses for our continued existence on this planet. No great surprise, Steve had no solutions among his musings, but he noted importantly that, as a problem, population growth is far more obvious and blatant than…

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Added by Loren Miller on March 18, 2016 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

The needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many

"The needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many" In the old original Star Trek television series whenever you would see a new crew member beam down with the Captain, and the Doctor and the Engineer and the Science Officer you knew that it would be that particular unknown crew member that would always allow us to hear that familiar line from the good Doctor: "he's dead Jim" .

I want to serve the principled, worthy few and I don't care if I end up like that extra with Dr. McCoy…

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Added by Ryan Shields on March 16, 2016 at 5:22pm — 1 Comment

A Strange Occurence

It was a big story in the news a while ago, but these days hardly anybody seems to remember it:

A new parson arrived at a small church and slowly but surely turned it into a secretive cult. He demanded more and more from his congregation and recruited young men from the youth club to enforce his rulings. Soon he had complete control of the whole congregation and eventually reached a…

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Added by Michael on March 16, 2016 at 11:57am — 3 Comments

My Christian Mingle Submission

MY INTRODUCTION:
  I am a man that values his relationship with God far more then he will ever value you. I put a strong emphasis on Jesus with everything I do in my life and believe the people that do not follow the all mighty should be rounded up and put in camps. My goal in life is to achieve a high enough level of political power…
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Added by JustinTetro on March 16, 2016 at 3:25am — 5 Comments

Humanism and Self Help - Mutually Exclusive?

Self help has a bad reputation within the secular community. And for good reason. Much of what passes for self help is woo. 



Psuedo-science non-science causes real harm. But that doesn't mean Humanists should shy away from providing self help to people.

100s of millions of people look for help in the self help market each year. They need help on everything from depression and divorce to motivation and leadership skills. By ignoring their needs we:

1) Fail to…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on March 15, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Friendly Neighborhood Atheist gaming group on Steam

now over 2, 400 + members and growing

Would you like to have the company of fellow non-theists on Steam?

My Steam group is growing with new members…

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Added by Steph S. on March 14, 2016 at 9:57am — No Comments

When Arguendo Argues Itself Into a Somehow

Pop-apologists love to tell stories about how much atheists hate God. It’s a powerful claim, not because it’s accurate, but because it’s a bit like wishing us into the cornfields. All at once everything we say and everything we think is effectively removed from consideration and we sit mute despite our best efforts well beyond the eyes and ears of the one who put us there. You can try to reason with people who make this argument, but to them you might as well be out in the cornfield after…

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Added by Dan Wall on March 11, 2016 at 4:48am — 3 Comments

Epicurean Philosophy Discussed at the Doers and Shakers Podcast

I gave an interview to Tom Church on The Pursuit of Happiness, Epicurean Philosophy, and Changing Your Mindset. Please enjoy and share!
Http://www.tomchurch.co.uk/hiram-crespo-on-the-pursuit-of-happiness-epicurean-philosophy-and-changing-your-mindset/

Added by Hiram on March 9, 2016 at 9:21am — No Comments

Diffrerent paths to Humanism

I don't hide my Humanism. I have learned over the years of being out that I do harm by hiding my values.  People want and need to learn about this secular philosophy, so every time we hide our humanism and talk about something else, we prevent these people from finding a philosophic home that will not only help them live better, but it will allow them to finally through off the last vestiges of religious thought. 



There are a lot of different ways people come to Humanism. Some…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on March 8, 2016 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Opportunity costs of Loss of faith

Makes me sad to think that Hindus in India waste so much of their time, energies & monetary resources on religious rituals like homas, yagnas, teerath yatras, temple festivals, prayers & bhajans. But sametime I wonder what they might do with the time released from these preoccupations if they opt to be secular.

Females might indulge in more gosssip, suffer depression because they now do not have the option of praying to gods for succour and male…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on March 3, 2016 at 10:38pm — 7 Comments

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