December 2016 Blog Posts (10)

The Science of the Soul

Let us say a woman patient was hemorrhaging badly. She felt weak, cold, and the pain in her abdomen was excruciating. A nurse ran out to fetch the doctor, but by the time they arrived she knew she was slipping away. The doctor was shouting instructions when quite suddenly the pain stopped. She felt free—and found herself floating above the drama, looking down at the bustle of activity around her now still body.

“We’ve lost her,” she heard the doctor say, but the woman was already…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on December 30, 2016 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Drug Deaths

During the past couple of days, the annual holiday death toll included two more well known entertainment figures - Carrie Fisher and George Michael.  I think it would be a public service for press to discuss potential roles of drugs in their deaths, rather than treating it almost as a random event "found dead" and "massive heart attack".  There is no harm in discussing their drug addictions at the outset, even if it's speculation.  For what it's worth, drugs like cocaine have long term high…

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Added by Daniel W on December 28, 2016 at 12:44pm — 15 Comments

My Pagan Winter-solstice (Christmas) Musings

Cognitive dissonance (CD) is the concept of holding two very different ideas in your mind at the same time. This is something all the great composers do when they think of two melodic themes and how they can intertwine, adapt and combine them. We would find it very difficult to whistle one tune while thinking of an entirely different one but that is the sort of thing that Beethoven or Mozart would consider trifling.

Let us take two different ideas:

1. Man created god(s), and the…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on December 25, 2016 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Winter Solstice offers a time to look back on the past year to acknowledge my challenges and the things I chose to do to solve those problems. This recent past year was a very hard one for me with th…

Winter Solstice offers a time to look back on the past year to acknowledge my challenges and the things I chose to do to solve those problems. This recent past year was a very hard one for me with the death of my oldest son, Cary, a victim of cancer at the young age of 53 years and one month. This loss turned out to be harder on me than I imagined. Thankfully, Craig and Laura and their families walked these dark days with me. 

After wallowing in that pain I turn my attention to the…

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Added by Joan Denoo on December 24, 2016 at 4:38pm — 6 Comments

Heaven – a desideratum for some and a delusion for others

Since time immemorial, believers in a loving and just god have looked around at the world we live in, filled with toil, strife and suffering, and have pondered how to reconcile their belief with the facts at hand. The solution which most religions have adopted is to assert the existence of another world, beyond this one, to which the souls of the good will fly in order to receive their due reward.

Poets and dreamers throughout history have filled their scriptures with rapturous…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on December 15, 2016 at 6:12am — 10 Comments

Donald Trump Got His Wish ... Or Did He?

Know this from the get-go: I do not claim to know Donald Trump very well if well at all. What I’m laying out here is something which may be semi-plausible, based on what little I DO know and have seen of the words and behaviors of the man who is now the president-elect of these United States.



There can be no doubt but that the healthiest (or at least most active) characteristic of Donald Trump’s psychology is his ego. Regardless of what he has or has not accomplished, Trump is…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 12, 2016 at 7:45am — 22 Comments

Anyone Out There Like Me?

Is there anybody out there who thinks like me? I have been an Atheist all of my life and I resent religious people who want to force everyone else to live the life they envision. However, I respect any religious person who lives his/her life and doesn't tell or force other people to live as they believe. 

Although I have always supported organizations like Secular Coalition, Freedom From Religion Foundation, American Ethical Union, American Humanist Association, etc, I am not an…

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Added by Elgin Madeo on December 11, 2016 at 11:40am — 4 Comments

Gratitude

Found this today in my news travels...

http://theprovince.com/feature/immigrants-say-thank-you-to-canada

I so needed it, after all of the EXTREMELY depressing, distressing and disgusting U.S. news(which I should just stop reading, I suppose, even though on the flip side, I can't stand not being informed).

I feel so much pride in my country. I am so grateful for its inclusiveness, its kindness, its… Continue

Added by Winona on December 8, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Nativity according to Matthew; why I'm an atheist

  It is often said that many are atheist because they read the Bible. This is my story.  I did not know there were atheist books, activists or anything of the sort. I was a christian with my Bible. I could not discuss doubts with other believers I had to study the Bible that was my only choice.

  This is one of my favorite passages that led to my disbelief. I did not know that Nazareth was not inhabited at all during Jesus's life time, that there was no census or that it couldn't have…

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Added by Compelledunbeliever on December 5, 2016 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Back again, or at least visiting!

I felt almost scared clicking the checkbox that said I was a non-theist when I signed up for Atheist Nexus years ago, even though I knew it was true. And how my heart pounded when I saw that big glaring red "A" that was my default profile picture!

Talking with Atheist Nexus folks helped me adjust to a new identity, and transition to a new way of thinking about life. Too bad the community doesn't seem to be as active as back then. But it is good to check in anyway.

Added by Round Peg on December 4, 2016 at 6:38pm — 9 Comments

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