I hate when non-clerics apply the word "heretic" to a scientist. Clerics at least have an excuse, albeit a catastrophically wrong and childish excuse, but when journalists, say, call scientific dissent heresy it makes me cringe. Too many people already think of science as some kind of secretive, dogmatic society, and combating that incorrect view is already hard enough. Last Sunday's cover article of the New York… Continue
Added by Planetologist on March 31, 2009 at 12:30pm —
I'm thinking this is a sort of a spam, maybe by a guy who got our contacts from Atheist Nexus, and I'll tell you why in a minute:
Interesting webpage Allee, you
> do not know me, you have already commented that i am not as bright as the non
> believing folk.
> You obviously are passionate
> about your beliefs "yes we are both religious Allee" its clear you spend
> an awful amount of time fighting the cause… Continue
For those of you who worship in the so called house of the lord....here's a message to dwell on!..I;m not going to ask the stupid questions like..CAn u see God..or Or can u touch him/it?..though these are all legitimate questions that you probably would give back a half ass answer to..its okay for now....However can you truly read from any book and not think that there are huge amounts of exagerations in its contents.....I mean give me a break...."the clouds parted and then there it was a… Continue
Added by john savacini on March 30, 2009 at 11:08pm —
In the last few years I have become an increasingly vocal atheist.
Over these years I have been amazed by how many other atheists and agnostics I have met. Most of them don't talk to other people about it but once they find out that I am they open up and start saying things like "how can people believe things like that?".
I feel really good that I can be a sympathetic ear and a good source for rational thought and scientific knowledge.
The only thing I struggle with is the… Continue
The photo shows me in praise of The Flying Spaghetti Monster or hypnotizing myself in prayer, not sure which. The St. Louis Ethical Society and St. Louis Atheists hosted my presentation on Sunday, March 29. 67 Attended with a great discussion and questions afterward. The Ethical Society has a beautiful facility. It is refreshing to speak in a venue that is both beautiful and dedicated to something other than the supernatural. Kate Lovelady and… Continue
Has a major branch of history been determined by one man's bout with epilepsy? I think so!
Epilepsy Toronto has, on its web page, a list of famous people who have had epilepsy. The idea of the list is that epilepsy doesn't need to stand in the way of achievement. On that list - along with such luminaries as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Joan of Arc, Napoleon and Newton - was Muhammad. Well, you guessed it . . . the incendiary email this organization received from indignant Muslims, prompted… Continue
I recently joined the local Humanist group. I wasn't sure if I was a humanist - after all humans are trashing the planet. Turns out Humanists are a very diverse group so most would non-believers fit in. They also get some really good speakers at the meetings.
Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that there is a God and there is an afterlife. What if we get to heaven only to find out that God doesn’t like us. After all, he stuck us on a planet far away from him. He drowns us, burns us, and blows us all over the place. He freezes us, let’s our children die, watches us get beaten, raped, abused and waste away slowly from disease. He does it to animals, too. He even does it to bacteria. Let’s face it, he doesn’t like us. So how do you think he’s… Continue
I've decided I really would like to be ordained...again. I was ordained many years ago when I was in my "leave no stone unturned" phase of looking for God. At the time, I did it primarily for the purpose of seeing for myself whether or not being a real ordained minister carried with it any special knowledge or revelation not available to the laity. In a way, it did. I found that he wasn't under that stone either.
One recent theory is the "God Module". The God Module was discovered when researchers tried to understand why certain epileptics experience deeply moving spiritual experiences during, and between, epileptic seizures. It appears that the seizures occur adjacent to an area of the brain, called the "God Module". The God Module allegedly predisposes us to transcendent feelings. It supposedly developed as a survival mechanism. By giving us a… Continue
I'm not sure which is worse. The people that come up with and spew out nonsense religious arguments or the people that hear the nonsense religious argument and say, "wow that was brilliant that'll show the nonbelievers." It's bad enough that the people saying it are too illogical to understand why the argument is nonsense, but to hear it and be amazed at the bad logic is just sad beyond words. I think I'd have to go with the speaker as being the sadder case. Not only do they think the argument… Continue
I've had to be a tightwad lately. I haven't been able to donate as much as I'd like to for various worthy causes. Today I recieved the following from Equal Rights Washington, a local group advocating marriage equality for everyone in my state. As a… Continue