July 2008 Blog Posts (204)

What is a substance?

A couple days ago, for no particular reason, I've started looking at some of the arguments for dualism. I began by trying to find a decent definition of the soul--to figure out what exactly these arguments are supposed to prove. But I haven't gotten very far, what, with another gigantic painting I'm working on, and just being easily distracted, in general. But I've been trying to read the catholic encyclopedia's entry on the soul. It is illuminating, if for nothing else, on the difference… Continue

Added by Maria on July 29, 2008 at 8:12pm — No Comments

An Atheist's Prayer

To Whom It May Concern:

Grant those who live in blind faith the ability to see the light of reason, that they may understand “faith” to be nothing more than a euphemism for self-imposed ignorance.

Let the self-righteous understand the damaging effects of their contemptuous dismissal of those who do not accept their dogma as truth.

Show those who use religion as an excuse to hate, murder, rape and torture the hypocrisy of their belief systems.

Expose… Continue

Added by Ruth Dickson on July 29, 2008 at 3:41pm — 6 Comments

In which I mention s'mores

I've finally finished nailing down all the technical aspects of getting my podcast up and running...just in time for me to leave town for a week! In less then 24 hours I'm leaving for a five day hiking/fishing trip to the greater north woods of Minnesota. I see freshly grilled walleye and s'mores in my near future...

For the curious my site is: http://thefeeblelance.net/

I've put details there on what I plan on doing with the show… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on July 29, 2008 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Back from vacation

Ahh... So I've just come back from Florida, and the trip was amazing! Gulf-front condo, right on the dunes :) Hard work pays off, and how. My hubby Matt and I stayed in Seacrest beach, about 5 minutes from Seaside, where they filmed the Truman Show. The town was great; all the crackerbox houses and condos are painted various pastel shades, and the beaches are all private! We took about a bajillion pictures, so I'll be posting those this afternoon. I picked up Stephen Hawking's A Brief… Continue

Added by Emily on July 29, 2008 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

Romancing free will

Romancing free will is but an attempted love affair, a love affair with one’s self, with control, an effort towards independence from the causal environment. But because we are part of the casual environment, no real betrayal can be made, for any attempt to divorce from ones arranged marriage would be determined by the very union one is attempting to break. We are in wedlock, a civil union where we take on the role of both spouses. Not only are we casualties of our environment but also… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on July 29, 2008 at 8:57am — No Comments


It is a shame that I've had to wait so long to see Democrats excited about an election--an election we have a wonderfully good chance of winning--only to be biffed in the face by my party at the same time. As the country makes a swing to the left, the Democratic party is making a swing to the right--the evangelical right, that is. It's not that I think while they are consciously appealing the the religious they are simultaneously consciously dissing the godless. In fact, I'll say that they have… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on July 29, 2008 at 8:18am — 1 Comment

What’s the point if we have no control?

Determinism doesn’t give a squat about the meaning of something. It simply acknowledges that the motion of events\actions are due to a perpetual cause and effect relationship.

Those who think there is free-will on the other hand, they claim they have control and choices, that they are free from causality, and have control to work towards some seemingly meaningful purpose. It seems more meaningful to the individual specifically when they think they have control. So among other… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on July 29, 2008 at 8:08am — No Comments


This about sums it up. Lovestory and tragedy in seven minutes.

Vidrar Vel Til Loftarasa, by Sigur…


Added by warreno on July 29, 2008 at 12:18am — No Comments

Jesus: The Atheist's Best Ally in Debate

I often hear from religionists in general and Christians in particular that we cannot fathom the way god works or that we must place faith in god's plan. And, most perplexingly of all, I have often heard that we cannot question the authenticity of the Bible. According to these people the Bible has been written by the creator of the universe and is perfectly constructed without error.

I know that most Christians in the United States probably do not believe that, but then again I'm not… Continue

Added by Just Trying on July 28, 2008 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

The ancestral smile

As the momentum builds,
the air increasingly glides through your fingers
until, Wham!
Your palms collide.

As soon as you can peel your hands off of each other,
Wham! Wham!… Wham!
Again, you repeat
with great apelike movements.

A primitive means to communicate indeed,
Your hands red and stinging, yet a grin,
following the air between your fingertips
an ancestral smile lights up your face.

Added by TJMorgan on July 28, 2008 at 10:35pm — 2 Comments

Memetic Debris - Enjambement

Children’s personification of inanimate objects compliment their imaginary friend complex and subjects them to being unable to distinguish between reality and fantasy to the point of where even as an adult they cling to an Imaginary attic friend whom they have been conditioned to believe really exists and should be referred to as an almighty omniscient god whom spares no rod to those without faith to worship it’s name and proclaim to all others that they too need to worship this invisible “who”… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on July 28, 2008 at 7:58pm — No Comments

Atheistic Comfort

On Yahoo! Answers, Jomamoeuskadi asked the following question:

I was brought up Catholic but recently lost all belief and now class myself as atheist. I do…

Added by NH Baritone on July 28, 2008 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Why I am NOT a "Bright"

The Brights. As in "I am a Bright." I don't like it.

I don't really like the term 'atheist' either. Sam Harris was right when he said that the term 'atheist' should not even exist because all it is, is an admission of the obvious. It's used to identify a non-believer but there are no words, or labels, for other groups or people who are non-(pronoun).

But I think that the term 'Bright' is the worst. Professor Dawkins is an intimidatingly smart man but when I first read… Continue

Added by Jared Smith on July 28, 2008 at 6:11pm — 5 Comments

My Blog

I post to a blog at The Enlightened Observer

Added by Enlightened Observer on July 28, 2008 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Where Do You Stand With Suicide?

Hello, I know, a really cheery subject.

But I'm kind of lost. I'd love to know your opinions on this touchy subject.

See, 2 months ago I thought suicide was a stupid, permanent solution to a potentially temporary problem.

But a month ago, a very dear friend of mine who was amazingly intelligent and wonderful killed herself at the age of 59. I know she was in very poor health, and that she had problems with her family abandoning her. Other than that, I have no idea why she… Continue

Added by Neece on July 28, 2008 at 5:06pm — 4 Comments

Our father who art not in heaven

The fattest fairytale ever fed

fixes a folly to foil ones head.

Flattering its host with features to attract,

it forges a fiction flavored like fact.

It’s firm to force that flesh will fade

and fibers internal are forever in grade.

Made in faith this figure does flower,

framed as the most famous, favorite, phantasmal power.

Our father who art not in heaven,

figure in yet another seven

days or more

to free us from each and every… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on July 28, 2008 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Why I'm an Atheist / Bright / Humanist

The following is a note I wrote on facebook for my friends there (posted yesterday, 7/27/08), but I thought I'd cross-post it here... Maybe you all have some good feedback.

Why is Robby an Atheist / Bright / Humanist? And what does it all mean?

I know many of my friends and acquaintances may have noticed my "religious views" here on facebook and may or may not be surprised/shocked/horrified. If you haven't yet noticed, let me put it all out there: I don't believe in any sort… Continue

Added by Robert Prather on July 28, 2008 at 1:25pm — No Comments

The Wisdom of South Park

I've just been watching the South Park two-part episode "Go God, Go!"

I think it imparts some useful wisdom, but I'd like to see what everyone else thinks. You see, it's not that atheists are incredibly stupid, it's that PEOPLE are simply prone to worshipping whatever ideas are most appealing to them at any given moment.

How can we relate this revelation to our religious counterparts, whom I'm sure are good at heart. Well, for the most part.

Added by Carter Fort on July 28, 2008 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

The Danger of Religion

We hear many words to describe religion, but we rarely discuss the danger religion poses. To see the danger of religion one has only to read the daily news. Today, for instance, the AP news service reports that “Suicide bombers struck a Shiite pilgrimage in Baghdad and a Kurdish protest rally in northern Iraq on Monday, killing at least 57 people and wounding nearly 300….” We might make the mistake of attributing this violence to extremists of a certain religion or sect, but that ignores all… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 28, 2008 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

The lab pixies strike again

My protein, a dark, evil mistress from hell, refused to fold on command like her nicely behaving homologous sister. A year into assaying folding and buffer conditions with only slight improvement, I went the mutagenesis route.

After doing all sort of skippy victory dances when I finally got my mutant, I transformed some nice bacteria, grew them and burst them. So I'm, at last, folding the protein again. I expect no problems, I tried folding some of my incomplete mutant and it… Continue

Added by Madeline (Brigit) on July 28, 2008 at 9:02am — No Comments

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