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The research presented by Susan Fiske, professor of psychology at Princeton University is now being used by both Christians and Muslims to justify their abhorrence with the bikini bathing suit.

Psychologist Susan Fiske of Princeton University discourages women to wear bikinis after she discovered that men look at scantily clad ladies as objects.

According to this Christian… Continue

Added by John Paraiso on April 10, 2009 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Susan Jacoby on William Goetzmann’s ‘Beyond the Revolution’

Came across this while checking my mail. It is from Thought it was interesting and thought I'd share it with you. Let me know what you think.

Book Review

Susan Jacoby on William Goetzmann’s ‘Beyond the Revolution’

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

By Susan Jacoby

During the past half-century, American scholars have tended to place more emphasis on the anti-intellectual and anti-rational strains in our national character and… Continue

Added by Rick on April 10, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Easter Dinner Tradition.

Bloody Marys and Deviled Eggs!

(Of course you can have the rest of the dinner too, I just thought it would be funny to mention Bloody Marys and Deviled Eggs for Easter)

Here's the classic Bloody Mary recipe. Enjoy!

1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) vodka (I prefer Tanqueray)

1/2 cup tomato juice (I like V8 or Clamato better)

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (I never tried it with lemon, I'm not so sure)

Worcestershire sauce to taste (Yes)

Tabasco to taste… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on April 10, 2009 at 6:48pm — No Comments

It's funny...

my family never goes to church, and yet it's assumed we all believe in the big Sky Daddy. Holidays were so secular I did know for years that they had some religious 'reason' for their existence. The only vaguely religious thing we did was not eat meat on Good Friday, which happens to be today.

So in honor of the one religious thing my mother insists we do...I'm making myself steak fajitas for dinner. :)

P.S. - I'm in VA, they're in MD. So it's cool. So sneaky… Continue

Added by deepthought42 on April 10, 2009 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

I glad this happens to other people too.


I'm 33 and haven't been in college since I was 21. So 12 years later I'm still having these kinds of dreams. I also dream that I was rehired by my last employer and I keep forgetting to go to work until it's too late. The only thing I can think is that my subconsious is telling me I'm forgetting something, but I have no idea what I'm forgetting!!!

Added by vivian on April 10, 2009 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment


We all know of the common misconception about atheists/secularists: that we're all angry, bitter and hopelessly pessimistic. Such a generalization is as tenuous as any other, but that said, I feel there are a lot of pessimists walking around these days, no matter their personal philosophy. I'd surmised that I'd end up a pessimist as well, but I find that, as I advance in years, my negativity recedes more and more. That isn't to say I've become jovially naive, but I'm less likely to sneer and… Continue

Added by greyfoot on April 10, 2009 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

Learn about Easter.

When I was a kid, my parents forced me to go to church. It would've been more bearable if they had taught this… Continue

Added by vivian on April 10, 2009 at 3:58pm — 2 Comments

Atheism and meaning

If you're an atheist, you've heard it before. How can life have meaning and purpose if there is no god? Most people who believe in a god also believe that such god has a higher purpose of some kind. Maybe your god has a higher purpose especially for you - he specifically put you on this planet to accomplish X. Maybe he has a plan - he let you survive that horrific car accident with merely scratches because it's his plan. Maybe he is everything and everything is him - but you're still working… Continue

Added by Ziztur on April 10, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

1% of people in my city don't believe in anything.

This is according to a telephone survey conducted in Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México.

A local newspaper interviewed 100 people over the phone and found out that 94 percent say they profess a specific religion; 5 percent believe in a higher power but aren't members of any religion; one person doesn't believe in anything.

Oh, how it bothers me when they say we don't believe in anything. According to my father we don't even believe in our own mothers...…


Added by Eduardo on April 10, 2009 at 3:20pm — 4 Comments

Do You Honestly Follow Christian Doctrine?

My husband sent this to me and I found it an interesting read. I am glad I am Atheist. Who honestly believes this crap! Here is the link to the site. Just click on the PDF link to download the file.

Added by Cheryl on April 10, 2009 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Forward Looking People

Forward Looking People

President Barack Obama keeps mentioning that he is a forward looking person. Here are some of my (narrow minded) thoughts on what I think forward looking means.

I've heard it said that "to know where you are going you must know where you came from." I wonder though if the past is obvious and evident, do we need to continue confirming what we already know? In other words, do we need to continue looking backwards to move forward? When I was in… Continue

Added by Bubba Tarandfeathered on April 10, 2009 at 7:01am — No Comments

Atheism on the Rise Among Canadian Teens

Project Teen Canada has been conducting surveys on the religious affiliations of teenagers since 1984. Its latest findings show that Canadians are becoming more polarised into believers and non-believers. The number of faithless has grown almost three-fold whereas Christians have dropped below 50% for the first time. There has also been a steep rise in believers of other faiths, although this is largely due to immigrants. One minor point is that the new data for 2008 only adds up to 93% rather… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on April 10, 2009 at 4:11am — No Comments

In Augusta now...Atlanta in the morning!

The drive to Augusta started smoothly until we (me and my sister) hit an hour long traffic jam involving a smashed up semi-truck and other vehical that wasn't even recognizable considering it's doors and other car parts were flung all across the highway. I really hope no one was hurt.

After we made it past the accident it was smooth sailing from there. FIRST LONG DISTANCE TRIP ON MY OWN COMPLETED! YAY! I'm very proud of myself but I also gotta thank my GPS. I very much enjoyed… Continue

Added by Gnome Magic on April 10, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments


The Jewish-Christian divinity is depicted as rabidly homophobic in the pages of the Old Testament, in the annuls of the Vatican and in the sermons of many Christian hot heads. What can we make of this in the light of modern psychological research?

We are told in the Hebrew book of Genesis that Yahweh (or El) made man in his own image. I guess that means that this god, like his earthly son, comes with male sexual organs attached. We don't know much about what the Almighty Father does… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 9, 2009 at 10:23pm — 3 Comments

I'd like to beat these parents with a bamboo stick.

I swear my 4 year old is the reincarnate of Hitler, so I know about bad behavior. But to think that bad behavior comes from a demon consumed through meat? Really? I know I'll be giving my kids a couple extra hugs tonight!

Prosecutors: Bamboo sticks used in 'demon' beating

Sister says couple also poked their 3-year-old child with chopsticks


Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle

April 7, 2009, 7:19PM

Both parents of a 3-year-old… Continue

Added by vivian on April 9, 2009 at 8:18pm — 14 Comments

The no free-will bus campaign

The no free-will bus campaign

The no free-will bus campaign is going international! Featuring, "There's probably no free-will, now stop worrying, as if you had a choice." advertised on the side of buses.

Added by TJMorgan on April 9, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

The OTA needs a rez

At one time the United States had something called the Office of Technology Assessment. Renowned futurist Newt Gingrich killed the OTA in 1995, apparently out of fear that the OTA might help bring about the future. Now, at last under a President who values empirical data and a rationalist's approach to problems, there is a chance that the OTA might be resurrected with full hit points and an Acuity buff.…


Added by Planetologist on April 9, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Vermont FTW!

Vermont has become the first state in the US to legislatively permit same-sex marriage without being first forced to do so by a court order. Vermont, unlike every other state so far, didn't need to be shamed or chivvied by a court decision into behaving like grownups toward same-sex marriage. Instead, the Vermont legislature took up the issue directly, and not only passed legislation guaranteeing marriage equality to all adult, pair-bonded humans in the state, they did so with a sufficient… Continue

Added by Planetologist on April 9, 2009 at 11:33am — 3 Comments

My rebellious daughter 13 is been stolen by God

I really don't know whether to laugh or fall down in a heap and cry.

Tonight a lady in floral skirt and perfect makeup took my daughter to a 7th day Adventis meeting. I am a passionate atheist and rationalist and I allow her to go through and discover the world as she deems right for her. But how COULD SHE DO THIS TO ME!!! I really did not know much about this religion I guess its part of the monolithic group and low and behold this is a really literal group. They believe every thing in… Continue

Added by Victoria's View on April 9, 2009 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Hand of God?

I always sucked at looking at clouds. Doesn't look like a hand from a supernatural power to me.

NASA released photos of what is being hailed as the "hand of God". I like to see it as an awesome manifestation of the energy known as the universe.

Official caption reads: "Red represents low-energy X-rays, the medium range is green, and… Continue

Added by no0n3 on April 8, 2009 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

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