I have been off my blog for a few days while I attended The American Atheist conference in Atlanta. Had a hugely fun time. Athiests know how to have fun but I have to say that the Alabame Atheist contingent with Blair Scott could take the prize (if there was one). The height of the conference was the debaptizing ceremony led by Edwin Kagin and his cronies. It is a simple process, quick and painless by hair dryer no less!
The official sacrilegious food… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on April 12, 2009 at 5:51pm —
Ten Answers from an Austro-Athenian
Scott Pruett has written 10 Questions for the Atheist, and François Tremblay has answered with the first half of 10 Answers from an Atheist (with more to follow). Pruett seems to equate atheism with materialism (“Atheism,” Pruett tells us, “by definition, holds that there is no God and nothing beyond this world of matter, space, time, and energy”!) and… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 12, 2009 at 2:54pm —
Also posted to Memetics and Cultural Evolution
Susan Blackmore on The Future of Memes
- Pop!Tech Conference, 2005
Susan Blackmore, the author of The Meme Machine
, gives a very good overview of memes. She describes a number of… Continue
Added by George on April 12, 2009 at 2:53pm —
Here's wishing everyone a good time today, but remember that even though zombies can be fun, they can also be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Always have an adult present when attempting to raise the dead, in case something goes wrong and instead of a harmless dancing skeleton you accidentally summon up a horde of terrifying revenants bent on consuming the life force of all humanity. Please be courteous to others and always dispel your zombies when you're done with them. It only… Continue
Added by Planetologist on April 12, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Yesterday , Saturday 11 April 2009 I had a debate on the resurrection with Canon Michael Cole on Premier Christian Radio
It can be heard at http://media.premier.org.uk/unbelievable/c990dacd-56ba-44f4-8bed-5b8c9f596e15.mp3
Comments are welcome.
Added by Steven Carr on April 12, 2009 at 12:31pm —
Unlike the previous 2 blog entries, this piece is NOT a word challenge response. It was inspired by the CSN&Y song, "Helplessly Hoping" (you can find the song in the MP3 player on my A|N page
). The song, Helplessly Hoping", uses alliteration very effectively; the way it's supposed to be used. I, however, wondered how far one could take alliteration and still produce a meaningful piece.
The following piece was an… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on April 12, 2009 at 10:30am —
Unfortunately there wasn't free internet access in Emory Hotel so I couldn't make any updates while I was at the Emory Hotel. So here it goes!
Day 1 (Friday):
We (my dad, my sister Vanessa, and myself) left super early that morning. I had a hard time getting to sleep that night because I was so excited so I was pretty tired when I got up at 7am (doesn't help that I went to bed around 3am either). When we got to the convention center at the Emory Hotel I thought it was very… Continue
Added by Gnome Magic on April 12, 2009 at 9:30am —
It just occurred to me (while going all Tolstoy on a comment page) that my thoughts and words may be better suited here in Blogville, USA.
Anyway, Lent in south Louisiana (and other hardcore Christian areas) is hell for non-theists. The following is a quick list of the reasons why. Why a list? Because I'm a guy and guy's like lists and tournaments...that's why:
1) Easter dress shopping...c'mon...really?
2) Even more people walking around asking you about church,… Continue
Added by BCarries17 on April 12, 2009 at 2:37am —
The majority of people in this country are religious and most of them are fundamentalist Christians. That means that those of us who hold a rational view of the world around us and who choose to think for ourselves are vastly outnumbered. The resulting lopsided electorate means the majority of the people in our government not only believe that global nuclear conflict is inevitable, they actually welcome it. That’s right. They welcome it, because, according to their… Continue
Added by Stephen Van Tuyl on April 12, 2009 at 1:44am —
All I have been hearing about lately is the sinning homosexuals and the fact that the government has essentially "allowed" them to marry. No matter what you say, the fact that someone else is an apparent "sinner" is not affecting you in any way, the only way it affects you is if you allow it to. Using your religion to attempt some sort of justification of hate is neither holy nor peaceful. Hating in the name of god is not the answer. If you dislike that two people who love without restriction… Continue
Added by bludecembers on April 12, 2009 at 1:39am —
All Christian ceremony thievery connotations aside, Easter is my favorite holiday and I wish you all a good one!
I get totally into Easter. I make baskets for anyone who has so much as been nice to me lately. I decorate. I wear fuzzy ears. I'm even nice (read: less bitchy) to strangers. Last year my roommate, my boyfriend, and I hid somewhere between 60 and 90 eggs for each other (the last one was found more than a month later). I love Easter!
I wasn't raised to be… Continue
Added by Ariel on April 11, 2009 at 10:24pm —
Recently Alison gave her answers to the 10 Questions for the Atheist from the web site LifeWay. Since I’ve answered this sort of thing before, I decided to have another go at it. But before we start, a word on their definition of atheism: Continue
Atheism, by definition, holds that there is no God and nothing beyond this world of matter, space, time, and energy.
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 11, 2009 at 9:30pm —
I blogged last week about a little girl who disappeared and was found murdered 10 days later.
How I felt bad because I couldn't pray in the first place, and that I knew was going to turn out horribly anyway.
Who on earth could have known that it was a Sunday school teacher; the mother of a five-year-old little girl? All those people praying, what do they think of a god who would let one of his own agents commit such a heinous act? Aside from being sick on top of confounded, I don't… Continue
Added by HotMess on April 11, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Every now and then, while stumbling across the intertubes, I stumble across some appallingly badly designed website that purports to prove the existence of God. The 'proof' consists of a series of logical fallacies posed as questions to which the site will only accept one answer – essentially forcing you to accept their premise at every step.
It turns out that there is a radio station in the US which also runs an audio version of this stunt. Todd Friel is the stuck-record presenter… Continue
Added by Paul on April 11, 2009 at 2:38pm —
Dr. Susan Blackmore provides a splendid primer on memetics here.
This will give you background to understand the concepts I am about to propound.
Let the truth flash like lightning.
Memes are in constant competition to take root, much like seeds landing on fertile soil. The soil is called the belief space. A basic meme such as “God love you” can take root and quickly develop co-memes. Picture a spore sprouting… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on April 11, 2009 at 12:22pm —
Ajay Lowery's album is some kind of anti-federalist, sovereign American thing. Which would not be too bad, were it not so pro-American. I know, right? Just in time for Easter, folks. An Easter record for you, all about how the IRS should be brought down. Which is also not so bad, either.
What? What do you think you pay for with your federal tax money? Dolls for orphans? Stem-cell research?… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 11, 2009 at 8:12am —
Writing prompts are a popular way to get aspiring poets to write SOMETHING. The following was a "writing prompt" word challenge, using 20 words that end with "ation". This particular prompt was a bit limiting: because of the "-ation" rhymes at the end of all lines, I had to write this poem in trochaic -- instead of iambic -- tetrameter. The "ation" sound is a trochee, not an iamb. Additionally, these 20 words range between 2 and 5 syllables apiece and complicates rhythm. The other constraint… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on April 11, 2009 at 4:30am —
I'm stopping over in Cuba before heading to the Panama canal to see what Americans have been missing. So far I have enjoyed my stay and love these people. They remind me of the pioneering immigrants of the yesteryear Americans, live on little but not afraid to make a new life without any outside help. The people hear are absolutely amazing. I am glad I stopped over for a short time.
I am off in the morning to Panama for a few days before sailing the canal so I can get to Ecuador to… Continue
Added by James Cameron on April 10, 2009 at 10:15pm —
Who says that the Bible is a scientific book? Most fundamentalist Christians say so. I guess it has something to do with the inerrancy doctrine.
If the Bible is inspired by an omniscient God, then even in the field of science and mathematics the Bible must be correct. Even the “Sorianista” (the followers of Eliseo Soriano’s sect) believe that God is the inventor of science…whatever that means.
It’s not the atheist’s job to prove whether the Bible is scientifically… Continue
Added by John Paraiso on April 10, 2009 at 9:14pm —
You know what I really hate, a fig tree killer!
When I question the story about Jesus killing the fig tree in the Book of Mark (11:12-13, 20-21) and the Book of Matthew (21:18-21), I always get different responses. Here is an example from a Christian named Claro.
John the Atheist: Do you have to kill an innocent life form just to prove your point?
Claro: If the value of the “point” you are trying to prove is more valuable than the “innocent life”, why not. The… Continue
Added by John Paraiso on April 10, 2009 at 9:07pm —