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
How many of us have ever known a Polly Perfect? Or, more to the point, how many of us have desperately wished it so while insisting we did? Polly is beautiful, intelligent, rich and sweet to terrible in the blink of an eye – all qualities that can quickly get a fellow into trouble if he fails to keep his feet under him. Who hasn't tread willingly into that heady fog with their organs in disarray? But the mystery is more than half the fun, so it goes that once our minds are set we are doomed -be… Continue
Added by Jerome on March 27, 2009 at 10:03am —
I am off to St. Louis. On Sunday I will be speaking at the St. Louis Ethical Society at 2:00. It is cosponsored by St. Louis Atheists and the Ethical Society. See this link for more info. http://atheists.meetup.com/463/calendar/9572173/
I love it when Christians come a-knockin’ at my door. I always invite them in and serve them refreshments. Then I turn the proselytizing table on them.
One time, 2 young Mormon women came a-knockin'. They were both very attractive, polite and wholesome. One of them was black. I asked her why she chose to be a Mormon when the Book of Mormon contains insulting bigotry against black people. Here's the verse I'm referring to:
Should we be held responsible in a deterministic world.
We make our own decisions.
The outcome of these decisions are determined by the past. *
They are not predetermined.
We hold ourselves responsible for our actions because they are our actions.
The machine that they are (human) works (thinks) in a way that is harmful (what we determine to be harmful) to the other machines that we value (our friends, family and other humans we depend… Continue