I was reminded recently of the work of Dr. BF Skinner. I will explain for those who aren't familiar. I am sure most will understand what I mean.
The work I am interested in is with rats, and modifying their behavior. The goal is to see if you can get a rat to push a lever. Rats do not usually push levers, after all. So, what is the first try? You tie its food to pushing the lever. Rat pushes lever and, in return, gets food. Seems to work. It gets the rat to push the lever,… Continue
Added by Nightfall on May 28, 2010 at 3:27am —
Added by richard lee on May 28, 2010 at 12:03am —
Something was brought to my attention a bit ago. Some Republican politician is trying to get a "Christian" prayer thing passed that says anything with a payer in the military has to be "Christian" or something along those lines...
Yet again another Goodie Two Shoes is trying to jack with the military because they think they can.
So, I have offered up my own prayer.....
I call it:The Military Secular Atheist… Continue
Added by Rick on May 27, 2010 at 10:13pm —
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on May 27, 2010 at 3:44am —
In the late 1990s Irving Kristol and other writers in neoconservative
magazines began touting anti-Darwinist views, in support of intelligent design. Since these
neoconservatives were largely of secular backgrounds, a few commentators
have speculated that this – along with support for religion generally –
may have been a case of a "noble lie", intended to protect public
morality, or even tactical politics, to attract religious supporters.
Added by Bubba Tarandfeathered on May 27, 2010 at 2:58am —
It has been well over 30 years since Iran's "hijacked" revolution and the establishment of the Ayatollah Kingdom where the Mullahs rule with an iron fist. Like all other so-called Islamic Republics and Democracies the constitution in Iran guarantees well versed phrases such as the freedom of speech, freedom of association, gender equality, freedom of belief, freedom of movement and many more freedoms but the same constitutions also categorically state and emphasize that "all laws and… Continue
Added by Afghan Atheist on May 27, 2010 at 12:49am —
I was reading an Female genital mutilation essay out of "The Book Your Church Does Not Want You to Read," by Fran P Hosken. In this short essay, I learned that 84 million women and girls living in 1989 had been genitally mutilated. The objective is to make sexual intercourse impossible. The essay said it is practiced mostly by Muslims. This infuriated me!
I Googled infibulation, which was used as synonymous with genital mutilaiton and got some better information. Actually, there are… Continue
Added by Rudy Ruddell on May 26, 2010 at 10:00pm —
Family is code word for patriarchy in christian America.
Added by Calhoun on May 26, 2010 at 4:04pm —
I watched a very interesting discussion last night - "Should Religion be Taught in Schools?" In Australia, all government schools allocate a certain amount of time each week for School Religious Education, or Scripture. These classes are conducted by volunteers from church groups. Some high schools plan their SRE time for afternoons, and because volunteers for the high school system are rather thin on the ground, ,many schools allow the students to go home earlier than… Continue
Added by Gia Cunningham on May 26, 2010 at 7:31am —
When we first started as a species, we were the first to realize there was a beginning and an end and there was something more to life. We looked at the stars for answers. Stars were the first usages for measurement navigation, harvesting, and many many others. Without any of the modern conveniences of today, we started to fill the blanks by ourselves. Those turned to word of mouth, and those words were exaggerated to the point in which they became myths, those myths had a following, those… Continue
Added by Jennifer W on May 26, 2010 at 7:30am —
“If you don’t believe in God, then what keeps you from murdering people?”
This has probably been the most persistent question I’ve gotten since deconverting to atheism. The question is, essentially, how can one be a ‘good person’ (or act morally) if there is no deity in which morality inheres. Of course, belief in God, in itself, is not what is being questioned, but whether or not that entity exists. None of the persons I have met would (as far as I know) claim that all persons that… Continue
Added by Christopher Berman on May 25, 2010 at 5:30pm —
I was thinking of writing to the Oxford English Dictionary recommending a new definition of the word ‘faith’.…
Added by Richard Francis on May 25, 2010 at 6:30am —
The law states that any material that "incites violence or hatred" is ignoring the responsibilities of liberty/free speech and therefore should be banned. Unless it is religious. Then, of course, it is exempt from that law.
Think about this.
On the one hand, an individual could produce a leaflet that incites violence or hatred; only a few hundred people may get to see it, most of whom will dismiss it out of hand. The law argues that if there is a risk…
Added by Richard Francis on May 25, 2010 at 6:00am —
I've noticed an interesting trend in the rhetoric about, well, rhetoric - as it relates to speaking up and speaking out.
I was in a band years ago - an acid jazz band (for wont of a better term) and we were in the 'green room' at the club we were playing when I noticed they were pumping in really awful eighties disco. One of the singers, Yva, was this Peruvian pixie dyke with a full on beotch attitude and the voice of a goddess. In the room was a leather clad gay kid - a… Continue
Added by Howard S. Dunn on May 25, 2010 at 4:00am —
I live in Texas.
I’ve always been an atheist.
All my life I’ve had to put up with these bible pounding clowns who think their “Manure” does not stink.
Well it does.
I’ve seen these clown just ruin a college.
At first there were no preachers on the Board of Regents.
Then one day there was one.
The next thing you knew all the Regents were preachers.
That lead to the demise of the college.
It lost it’s… Continue
Added by Rick on May 25, 2010 at 12:00am —
family from Texas is racing to stop a woman from having her toes
amputated, because they want to let the prayer have more time to work.
started praying 5 heart attacks ago.
The lack of circulation has
left her toes black and doctors fear that if they don't act soon, her
condition may worsen.
Still after all the needless… Continue
Added by J Burgoyne on May 24, 2010 at 11:09pm —
In the past year, Facebook has transformed itself from a 'social networking' site to a 'we'll now use ALL your info to sell to third parties' website.
I like the idea of social networking, but this is no longer Facebook's mainstay. Social networking is now strictly a subterfuge to garner all your private information.http://www.quitfacebookday.com
I invite all my friends to seriously consider the true nature of the "New"… Continue
Added by TNT666 on May 24, 2010 at 9:18pm —
While my wife and I were traveling through Arkansas this weekend, I decided we just had to pull over to take a picture.
I couldn't help but laugh at this. I'm assuming there were two separate intended messages here:
• I haven't seen enough proof that Barack Obama was really born in America, and therefore he shouldn't be… Continue
Added by IAmTheBlog on May 24, 2010 at 2:00pm —
As I mentioned, Hungary held elections in April. While we are still wating for the new government to take over, the parliament is already up and working, and the Society for Freedom Rights is doing their work: as they pointed out, the preambulum of one of last week's bills goes as follows: "We, the members of the parliament of the Republic of Hungary, those who believe that God is the ruler of history and those who endeavour to understand history from other sources..." ("Mi, a Magyar… Continue
Added by Szekularis Figyelo on May 24, 2010 at 11:31am —
I dont understand how one decides what deserves God's attention via prayer, but the hubris to ask God to pay attention to you while he apparently ignores, for example, those two Asian women recently discovered to have been chained up in a neighbor's basement for a year...or those kids getting diddled by priests...is really frustrating.
Added by ryan cameron on May 24, 2010 at 10:42am —