I absolutely love this. In Town Halls across the USA, people have been stepping it up.
In Las Vegas during a town hall, Senator
Catherine Cortez Masto was getting pressed about Universal healthcare. After skating around it a few times, people were not satisfied with her answer.
Rigorous science is critical to my administration's efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection. My administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks. As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.
-- President Donald Trump, commenting on the March for Science…
Over and over again in life, things happen. Things that don't make us happy today, and won't make us happy tomorrow, or probably, ever. Hearing about those things, or reading about the repeatedly, won't make us happy, today or tomorrow, or the next day.Continue
Srikanta Swamy (SS): What do you say to someone who is struggling with the pain of withdrawal symptoms of leaving his religion and coming to the realization that this is all there is and that there are no personal Gods - Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva, speaking in the context of our Hinduism?
Me: Deal with it. It's a fact of life. Look at the bright side. You no longer have to worry about eternal punishment. Your life is now your own, not governed by external forces except for those imposed…Continue
Variations on the following have just been sent to the feedback sites for CBS, NBC, and ABC News:
I may be mistaken regarding your current journalistic focus, but a bunch of ineffectual cruise missiles in Syria, then one large bomb goes BOOM in Afghanistan and any attention the media may be paying to the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged complicity on the part of Donald Trump's campaign seems to have been distracted. Insofar as I'm…
WHY PRAYER "WORKS"
Prayer is a unique combination of meditation, wishful thinking, simple greed, conscience-clearing and a desire for peace of mind. It’s all rolled into one! And it’s all quite selfish when you examine it.
Since most people begin prayer with their eyes closed and their hands clasped or at least at rest, you’re off to a good start in the area of relaxation. That’s really all meditation is anyway, which is why it works for so many people.…Continue
With Canada's 150th anniversary just around the corner (July 1) our national song should be one that everyone can sing with gusto (being on key not required). Unfortunately, the official words in both official languages exclude many Canadians (National Anthems Act, 1980)
Immigrants are excluded in both English and French - "home and native land," et "terre de nos aieux."
Women will be included if the Senate approves "in all of us…Continue
A mentally healthy person whether a believer or non-believer has to have these nine characteristics:
- Self interest,
- Self direction,
- Acceptance of Uncertainty,
- Scientific thinking,
- Risk Taking, &
- Self acceptance.
These characteristics are CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT in Religious people. Let us see how this happens.
1. SELF-INTEREST. The emotionally healthy…Continue
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Of course it is true that some highly educated people believe religious claims. Why is that?
Permit me to offer some explanations.
FIRST, smart persons are very good at defending ideas that they believe for non-smart reasons. They want to believe something, say for emotional reasons, and they then become quite adept at defending those beliefs after the fact, since they are smart! But it is arrogant of those with no credentials in the sciences, and no experience in the field or…Continue
Faith is belief in illusory things that are not based in fact. Since gods know everything, they can't have faith. So gods are atheists.
Because they are already the highest power, they don't believe in a higher power. So they are atheists because atheists do not believe in higher powers.
* Jesus ( Historians/Archaeologists say he didn't exist) did not believe in the god of Judaism or the Roman gods. So he was an…
you can monitor the progress of my works here Kasese Humanist initiatives
With Science, we can progress.
The Universe equals everything which exists.
The Universe consists of matter (dark and visible) and energy.
None of the aforementioned things are supernatural.
Nothing which exists is supernatural.
In the endless and tiresome bickering/debating over god's existence why is it that theists are not attempting to substantiate their claims by finding heaven and hell?
Am wondering whether any of you have known a theist to do so? Ever hear of a theist becoming a physicist/astronomer so that she can find out about heaven? Does heaven emit something that we can detect? Black holes do. Why not heaven? Do souls travel at the speed of light? How long does it take to reach heaven once a…Continue
New Texas bill takes aim at men's masturbation habits
Houston's Jessica Farrar files "men's health" legislation
HOUSTON — Texas State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, filed a bill…
Greeting, all. The following is a short vignette about life as an atheist in Muslim countries. Enjoy!
A few months ago, I decided, against my better judgement, to date a girl whose mentality was my polar opposite. I was a secular, westernized, freedom-loving hedonist, and she a pious Lebanese Muslim who, like many of her peers, was being torn at the seams by the clash between the forces of modernity and her religion.
To a certain extent,…Continue
I am getting terribly frustrated lately with a certain experience, and the more I think on it, the more I believe it to be a common one among Americans and maybe the world in general. The experience I refer to is in trying to express myself to a religious person and having that person cut off the conversation because my facts or opinions make them uncomfortable.…Continue
Let me start off by saying this simply an idea I have from time to time, I consider it a fun existential mental game. It's likely reasons like this most of my friends think I'm macabre and dark lol. This is not reflective of reality nor is it the sum total of my position or outlook on life or the world. I consider myself a reasonably happy person and not particularly depressed so any who get that vibe please understand that its totally ok to embrace the darker emotions (sadness, loss,…Continue
Ok so click bate title I know, and no there's not a water bottle that fills itself. Why? Well that inconvenient thing called math, and observable, measurable science.
And here in lies the problem. So many people fund idiotic ideas like this because they think you "don't need math" to deny cosmology, physics, science, instead you need to just sit there and think, and if it makes sense to you then you must be right! Totally laughable. Yet many fall for it. Millions of dollars…Continue