1. Do not lie to yourself.
2. Do not lie to other people, unless they are exercising tyranny.
3. When you think it is your duty to inflict pain, scrutinize your reasons closely.
4. When you desire power, examine yourself carefully as to why you desire it.
5. When you have power, use it to build up people, not to constrict them.
6. Do not attempt to live without vanity, since this is impossible, but choose the right audience from which to seek… Continue
I know that this is an old, tired, beaten to death topic. But, I can't think of anything else to write about. I do not understand why some people care so much that I celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas as opposed to just getting in the holiday spirit by celebrating the Santa Clause part of Christmas. Why can't they just celebrate whatever they want, and let me celebrate whatever I want?
I mean, I read an essay on this by Ben Stein. In which he talked about how, even though… Continue
I had someone tell me in a conversation once that I seem very sure of my answers and in the very same conversation a couple sentences later he told me you don't seem to be sure about a lot of things. And then in another conversation he did the same thing but said I see things pretty black and white and then a bit later said I see things as a lot of gray areas. Basically he was complaining that I was claiming to be able know things for certain but then complained when I said I don't know about… Continue
Added by TravCav on April 5, 2009 at 9:10pm —
I had written a rather lengthy post and posted it however it seems to have been raptured.
My last day of work was yesterday and my co-workers gave me a party to make Jesus proud. I am still feeling the effects. I'm off tomorrow to finish shopping for human and dog food for our long voyage to Ecuador. I changed my plans after a friend whom I served with contacted me making me an offer I couldn't refuse to visit him and his wife in Ecuador. They left the States shortly after his… Continue
I post relevant and interesting atheist articles on reddit via the EAC sub-board.
There are atheists. They[we] do conspire. As far as theists are concerned, we're evil, and if evil is the denial of god and godliness, then I'm as evil as they come. I rejected faith in a conference with the local Bishop whilst only 8 years old. I played along for many years, to make friends, keep jobs, and so on, but never gained anything from this game. In fact, playing along only caused me more… Continue
In the debate over the virus metaphor, many people miss the clear parallels between the human brain and a computer. While many have no problem with the notion that computers can be infected with a metaphorical "virus", it seems that the line is drawn when the human brain is involved. There is abundant evidence that biological viruses can infect and take control of organic brains - controlling them much as a computer virus does. What makes us so resistant to the notion that ideas can do the same… Continue
ill say it again
you must be careful wen you say some thing in here , first of all James Randi's account was deleted because of a copyright claim. not because of censures.
Someone filed a DCMA on this channel. Once they do that, they are required by federal law to suspend the channel and delete the video until it is resolved.
and for the person who posted on the main page saying that JM is taking the high road , well that's just wishful thinking , i saw the vid and he seams to be… Continue
I ended up getting the package while my parents were at my dorm. When I opened them I had said the pins were for the American Atheist National Convention so my dad was wondering where his pin was (he thought it was the pass to get in) but I told him I didn't get him one… Continue
Added by Gnome Magic on April 5, 2009 at 3:00am —
I have been neglecting the e-world for a while. Things have been pretty crazy with me, and I'm plain lazy. I guess I needed a break. Plus I got a new xbox 360 so I've been playing video games like crazy when I should be studying for my PPL test.
Anyway, I'm on the Council of Ex Muslims forum and there's this really nationalist sounding dude on it. His view is that all Muslims (moderate or not) should be deported to Muslim countries. Wow. That's a pretty stupid thing to say on… Continue
Added by Odd Innuendo on April 5, 2009 at 12:25am —
I was contacted by an Australian Christian who found 10 questions on the internet and wanted to publicly write them on my "website" and have me answer them. I don't know what website he was talking about; I suspected it was my Atheist Nexus page, but I'm not certain. I have lots of pages, but my only websites with my… Continue
I just returned from talking with a great group in Joplin, MO - link. Who would guess that there is a very active and lively group of freethinkers in such a bible belt city (25 attended). We had five students from Ozark Christian College in the audience as well. They asked interesting questions and stayed around for some good conversation at the end. I rarely get religious people in my presentations, but I certainly… Continue
...I'm gonna be a Grandma again today!! My beautiful daughter is finally in labor with her 1st child, a baby boy!! I'm overwhelmed and very emotional about it, so I'm glad her wonderful hubby is there at her side!! I'm getting ready to head out to St. Joe's in a moment, but wanted to stop in and say hi to my new friends here, and share this fabulous news!!
...I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who has invited me to discussions and groups so enthusiastically. It's all kind of… Continue
It's great to finally see people treating the US military's "don't ask - don't tell" nonsense as the irrational woo that it is. The other night Colin Powell and Clifford Alexander separately addressed this issue on Rachel Maddow, and I thought Alexander in particular laid out the despicable illogic of the military's standing position.
I'm not a military specialist, so I can't address that side of this issue. But I do think this whole issue of gays in the… Continue