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Once Upon A Time...

Once upon a time, when I was a little kid, I was wandering around with my friends. It wasn't a time of technology in India, so less information, more rumors and a lot of mumbo-jumbo. Everything was black and white. I came across some pink flyers stuck on the poles at the side of road. As i moved closer to read it, one of my friends said don't read it, otherwise you'll be in trouble. I couldn't see why,so I read the flyer which basically said-"If you don't make a 1000 copies of this same…

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Added by Amit Malik on June 29, 2016 at 12:48pm — 3 Comments

The Tale of a Billboard for the RNC

It was something over a year ago that I learned that Cleveland was going to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention. The prospect of having a bunch of misogynistic, homophobic, mostly white guys invading The Best Location in the Nation was not a welcome thought, as you might well imagine, and that many of them were scornful of the concept of church/state separation did not help matters. However, I was encouraged by some discussion at a meeting of the Northern Ohio Freethought…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 28, 2016 at 6:00am — 26 Comments

Book Review--Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

Large and In Charge—Maybe

Human beings like to think “I am the master of my fate:  I am the captain of my soul,” but  bestselling author Leonard Mlodinow makes clear in his New York Time number one book Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior that isn’t the case. Mlodinow takes the reader through an easily readable scientific tour of how the brain works and how much the unconscious mind influences decisions that we are not aware…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 27, 2016 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

The Battle for Zachary’s Brain XII: Logical Fallacies

“There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be

firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to

instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it

with an air of great seriousness.”

 

-- Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will recall that they are a narrative not of a horror movie…but of something equally disturbing: the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on June 25, 2016 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Crossroads: Thoughts and Impressions

We are all born in ignorance and initially live by our impressions of the world around us; ones that are influenced by our sense perceptions and the ideas that are circulating in the culture we are immersed in.  Our world at first is dimly lit and we exist as our thoughts, feelings, impressions, and perceptions. We could live our entire lives in this state of subjectivity, never knowing anything but this. We could live and die in this darkness.

It is the bad ideas, ones that are not…

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Added by James on June 23, 2016 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Revisiting non-belief in god(s) & Respecting our elders

To create the entire multiverse comprising several universes and our visible universe with 200 billion galaxies, each galaxy with 200 to 400 billion stars, each star with its planets and to create life on some planets, is a stupendous task for any creator. Such a creator cannot be a simple entity. It has to be a very complex entity.

Yet.

Science tells us that everything started with a big bang and just…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on June 23, 2016 at 2:04am — 6 Comments

Litany of Gendlin

What is true is already so.

Owning up to it doesn't make it worse.

Not being open about it doesn't make it go away.

And because it's true, it is what is there to be interacted with.

Anything untrue isn't there to be lived.

People can stand what is true,

for they are already enduring it.

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Added by Jack B. Nimble on June 22, 2016 at 2:14pm — 2 Comments

No news is good news... I guess.

I am just sitting here on my day off. 

On Facebook, I have been getting slightly argumentative with one or two people, including a cousin, but mostly about Politics, and I'd really not like to get into that stuff here. Suffice it to say, that the cousin is very much pro-Trump, and likes to troll the very left-leaning and pro-gay, anti-gun posts on my wall. He is now accusing me of being 'hateful' towards Christianity. 

I have been trying to get some reading done lately. I've read one…

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Added by Desanctified on June 17, 2016 at 9:33pm — No Comments

No news is good news... I guess.

I am just sitting here on my day off. 

On Facebook, I have been getting slightly argumentative with one or two people, including a cousin, but mostly about Politics, and I'd really not like to get into that stuff here. Suffice it to say, that the cousin is very much pro-Trump, and likes to troll the very left-leaning and pro-gay, anti-gun posts on my wall. He is now accusing me of being 'hateful' towards Christianity. 

I have been trying to get some reading done lately. I've read one…

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Added by Desanctified on June 17, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

On The Incident In Orlando – Seth Andrews and Kaveh Mousavi

Every now and then, Seth Andrews will ignore his to-do list and publish an unscheduled podcast when his mindset or an event demands it.  It should surprise no one, then, that Seth has produced a piece couching his own thoughts regarding what happened at the Pulse nightclub and all the reactions, reasonable and otherwise.  The YouTube version of that podcast follows here.



I wanted to draw attention, though, to an important segment of that piece.  Toward the end, Seth reads the…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 17, 2016 at 10:05am — 3 Comments

The real source of Muslim violence?

I’m going to start publishing this post after every act of Muslim fanaticism, suicide, and murder. 

I felt like starting it after the Ft. Hood massacre.  A psychiatrist(!) with openly Muslim fanatic leanings cold-bloodedly murders dozens of soldiers in one of their own facilities (where they are prohibited from carrying guns).  Surprise! It’s called a workplace incident and buried forever.

WHEN will we call the enemy by its right name?  And I don’t mean the argument about…

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Added by Alan Perlman on June 16, 2016 at 9:00pm — 18 Comments

Thus Spake Zarathustra

Not sure if I've shared this before, but here are my Reasonings on Thus Spake Zarathustra, Nietzsche's great masterpiece of atheist spirituality.

Added by Hiram on June 15, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Mythicist Milwaukee is filming a feature length documentary

The Mythicist Milwaukee group is in the process of filming a documentary regarding the historical evidence (or lack thereof) for Jesus.  

Scholars include:

Richard Carrier

Robert Price

Aron Ra

David Fitzgerald

along with Celebrity comedian : Paul Provenza

The Teaser trailer is here:  Take a look, we have an impressive film director leading this project.  Please share if you enjoy this!!…

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Added by Brian on June 14, 2016 at 3:13pm — 3 Comments

The Case of the Social Justice Warrior

The concept of the Social Justice Warrior, also called SJW, is fairly new to me.  I don't claim to be expert, and may not be able to do justice to the phenomenon.  Social Justice Warriorism first came onto my radar, while reading comments on The Friendly Atheist website.  I don't have a link to those old comments now. 

The topic comes up now, because Reason Rally in Washington DC was noted to have less attendence, compared to the prior Reason Rally.  Some writers and…

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Added by Daniel W on June 14, 2016 at 2:43pm — 7 Comments

Reason Rally 2016 – Photo Album

There are lot of people I've met online since I became an atheist, many of them I am glad to call, "friend."  Still, it's something altogether different to MEET these same people in the flesh, or at least be close enough to photograph and hear them speak live.  Being able to do that a few times this past June 4th was as valuable to me as being able to attend the Rally itself, and I am glad to share with you some of those very neat moments here.





Here's Daniel and I.…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 13, 2016 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Reason Rally 2016 – My Impressions

Driving 360 miles with a lousy cold isn’t ordinarily my idea of fun, but this was the Reason Rally, and those don’t happen every day. So I added zinc and Hall’s Mentholyptus to my overnight bag and set off a touch after 8 AM Friday. Turns out the drive was pretty easy, and I got in around 2:30. There wasn’t a lot going on at the time, and I wanted to decompress after the drive, so there wasn’t much to do other than collapse! I DO want to note, however, that one thoughtful provision had been…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 13, 2016 at 8:20am — 6 Comments

Green Party's Jill Stein: What We Fear from Donald Trump, We Have Already Seen from Hillary Clinton

There are those of us who do not like Hillary or Donald. What are the options? None, really, because if we split the Democratic vote Trump gets in as President of the United States. The only hope is if enough if a spoiler comes into the Republican Party who are people  who can get behind another candidate to split it. Another option is to arouse enough of the Millennials…
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Added by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2016 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Went Fishing: The Creatards are still biting!

Here is a somewhat cheeky reply to another Creatard.

This one, like another Jewish Creatard, had been attacking me on Prager University's  FB page, as I've been picking on their fallacious lessons that they think as educational.

But, they are merely continuing the old 'god of the gaps' out-dated nonsense.…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on June 11, 2016 at 7:58pm — 1 Comment

It requires Inquisitiveness & a lot of guts to be a Secular humanist

Secular Humanism (Secular = Atheistic; Humanism = Concern for Human welfare) does not believe in the Soul, afterlife, karma, reincarnation, heaven or gods and most of all does not believe that man’s mission on earth is to have an implicit & unquestioning faith in gods and to keep praising & glorifying them.

"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything" -- Friedrich Nietzsche.

But debating about the existence or non-existence of…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on June 9, 2016 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

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It finally drove me to writing. I was going to say drink, but it’s before 8 am here, although I have been known to have an occasional rum for medicinal purposes. I’m here because I was cleaning out the email that managed to escape my blocker and became infuriated by something that has irked me for…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 8, 2016 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

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