It's not often that I read an article and find myself in complete agreement with it, but this article in the Bostonist
is spot on.
Go read it.
Added by Paul on March 10, 2009 at 12:23pm —
I think my Art History professor hit upon something last night while discussing the Pazzi Chapel designed by Brunelleschi. He said, “Belief is knowledge, and when you ‘know’ something, you are comfortable. But if I say, ‘WRONG!’ then suddenly your belief in what you thought you knew is called into question and you are uncomfortable.” He went on to discuss why the chapel itself was “comfortable” because it mathematically had correct proportions, etc. etc., but that quote got me… Continue
Added by Jas Brimstone on March 10, 2009 at 11:58am —
I believe so, yes. Religion fosters hate, ignorance, and subservience. Almost all religions are built with the idea that there are those among us who commit heinous sins and are worthy of death. Almost all religions teach that the punishment for transgression or sinning is to be forever punished. All religions teach the existence and acceptance of the supernatural; ghosts, goblins, and the like. All religions teach that the divine and the supernatural is above our reasoning and therefore we… Continue
Added by Cory Ceville on March 10, 2009 at 5:30am —
is there room for fondness
in the frantic uncertainty of absence?
where is the levity in loving
when my role is relegated
comfort of contact as merely
a motionless moment in the long continuum
between wishful zeniths
and nadirs of withdrawal.
do you think it’s controllable?
do you imagine i can undermine
my unbidden addiction?
as if… Continue
Added by ColdLogic on March 10, 2009 at 12:51am —
Had a great group of 45 people to talk with at the Community of Reason on Sunday.
Added by Darrel Ray on March 9, 2009 at 6:13pm —
This is my weekly science article I write for my small town news paper. Let me know what you think!
About two pounds. Unless it is on the moon, then it is about a third of a pound, and if it is on a neutron star, it is about 28,000,000,000 pounds. You see weight and mass are two different things to scientists. On Earth land, the two are essentially identical. But in the water or even in the air weight can change, but mass stays the same. If you don’t believe me, take a scale on an… Continue
Added by G on March 9, 2009 at 5:57pm —
I am now on the tail end of a five day creativity block. For a project I am going to start soon I decided to look up quotes to get ideas. It worked wonderfully. I found some really good ones too. I have a lot of favorite quotes I won't post here, but I wanted to save this one by Rabbi Sherwin Wine:
"There are two visions of America. One precedes our founding fathers and finds its roots in the harshness of our puritan past. It is very suspicious of freedom, uncomfortable with… Continue
Added by Stephen Champ on March 9, 2009 at 4:08pm —
My sister is a new producer for MonsterQuest on the History Channel
Her first episode is this Wed. March 11th at 8/9
Here is the blurb from the MonsterQuest site on the episode
MonsterQuest : Snowbeast Slaughter Continue
Airs on Wednesday March 11 09:00 PM
High in the rugged wilderness of Colorado's Rocky Mountains a large hairy creature is said to be preying on the elk and frightening…
Added by John "Direwolf" Pollock on March 9, 2009 at 3:44pm —
And golly, they're tasty.
Today Obama helped greatly to put science back on track
in the US, by throwing into the ash heap of history Bush's moronic and despicable ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. That particular Bush-era stupidity was not just a sop to halfwit zealots, it was a crippling roadblock to a promising and highly competitive arena of basic medical research. Because Bush and his ilk believe… Continue
Added by Planetologist on March 9, 2009 at 2:29pm —
Normally, I wouldn't touch anything that Ray Comfort writes with a 20 foot pole for two reasons. The first is that it's Pharyngula territory and I don't need PZ Myers siccing his army of cephalopods at me. Especially the giant ones where there's something really sharp and pointy on every sucker. The second is that I try to run a blog that goes in more depth than usual. I'd rather tackle some hack with a degree and at least some modicum of respect out there because he's a more difficult… Continue
Added by Greg F. on March 9, 2009 at 12:37pm —
I was on vacation in Mexico last week at a great all-inclusive resort near Cozumel. During one visit to the restroom, I found a religious tract sitting on top of the urinal (clean and resting against the wall... not soaked!). I grab them whenever I find 'em because they're usually entertaining. I made a blog post about the whole thing on my site if you're interested in the amusement. :-)…
Added by Dan Gilbert on March 9, 2009 at 12:22pm —
...You would have a difficult challenge in responding to such deranged, deceitful garbage with greater precision than did Nicholas Gotelli
, a professor at the University of Vermont.
Dr. Gotelli was invited by some goon at the Discovery Institute to organize a debate between a DI mouthpiece and himself. That's how the DI works; instead of quietly going about their stated goal of researching and publishing in peer-reviewed… Continue
Added by Planetologist on March 9, 2009 at 12:21pm —
More Americans say they have no religion
By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll, Ap Religion Writer – Mon Mar 9, 12:14 am ET
A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.
Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from… Continue
Added by Rick on March 9, 2009 at 5:00am —
The U.N. is trying to make it a crime to criticize religion, and forcing member states to abide by that law, in violation of our own constitutional freedom of speech.
For more information, go to
Their Myspace page will have an abundance of information. This is getting more serious than just philosophical discussion my friends.
Added by Atheist Insurgency on March 8, 2009 at 10:58pm —
Me 10:41 am
Jeremy 10:42 am
__So how did that go- the church thing?
__Get the help you need? Get any satisfying answers?
__Well, feel free to talk to some of my friends too lol :)
__Well, as long as you'll be alright, i don't really care who you talk to :)
Added by Rickr0ll on March 8, 2009 at 10:00pm —
but I'll try to check in. And I'll try to have that D'Souza book read and my comments in order when I get back! I got busy and it's taking me longer than I thought it would.
TTYL. Taking the laptop, so I should be in occasionally.
Added by Moonbeam on March 8, 2009 at 9:06pm —
OK. This is a comic book geek topic. Something that's been in my head for a while, but since I'm no writer, it's not really doing anything. Not sure who else would think this is a good idea, but here goes:
I'm somewhat of a fairweather comic book fan. I might go to shops or even conventions once in a very blue moon, but do not keep up with what's going on in any series of books. I know what I like and the type of characters I like. Superman, as a character, bores me to tears. Boring… Continue
Added by Brad on March 8, 2009 at 11:00am —
The National Secular Society has sounded an alarm
over plans to insinuate creationism into secondary schools in Hampshire.
The proposal comes from a local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE), one of hundreds in the UK that are responsible in law for advising local education authorities on RE and collective worship. Hampshire SACRE has recommended that evolution and creationism be… Continue
Added by Paul on March 8, 2009 at 8:10am —
Here we have this nice philanthropic website from Nike Foundation:
which I bought into.
Then this was brought to my attention:
So, WTF? I'm pissed at myself for being duped by Nike's "Public Diplomacy" efforts, and I am now posting this blog to bring… Continue
Added by Mike Haynes on March 7, 2009 at 11:31pm —
OK, so all of us non-believers are here because of our contempt for religion. I'm curious as to the level of deception 'The Church' is willing to go to keep people slaves to their rhetoric. So curious I've been doing some internet research. There is more to do, but I will be on it dilligently. The purpose of this blog(my first one ever) is I would like to suggest, dear reader if you are so inclined, to go to Youtube and look for 'Secret Rulers of the World'. It's a 27 part series that is very… Continue
Added by Brian C. Newbold on March 7, 2009 at 11:17pm —