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
Added by Mark Kind on March 26, 2009 at 10:24pm —
We know and can prove that man creates gods: we've created them thousands of times, all over the planet. However, the opposite is not knowable or provable. There's no reason to inject the supernatural into reality: but if you insist, then the proposition that God created man is, at best, pure conjecture – NOBODY knows anything about the supernatural. Period. Never have and never will. Anybody who claims otherwise is lying or delusional. That’s a fact.
The fact that man has created… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on March 26, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I just learned that I will be speaking at the NY City Center for Inquiry on May 2. I will also be speaking on April 30 to the NY City Atheists. If you live in NY City, I hope to see some of you there. If you want details, let me know and I can send you the links. If you attend, please introduce yourself and let me know you are on Atheist Nexus. I am loving this site. There are so many great people with so much talent and insight.
Added by Darrel Ray on March 26, 2009 at 9:58pm —
Easter's right around the corner.
How do I, a snarky atheist, know this? Good question.
I know because I work at my local public library which is gearing up for the annual "Easter Egg Hunt". That's right ladies and gentlemen, you can put your minds at ease (as is so often the case with people of faith) knowing that your tax dollars are well spent... on candy filled plastic eggs.
Now before you get all pissy (atheists and theists alike) here's what I have to… Continue
Added by EnsignR on March 26, 2009 at 9:32pm —
I am speechless....
Added by zeeman barzell on March 26, 2009 at 6:25pm —
I am not looking forward to the next Christian holiday, Easter. I get tired of people wishing me "Happy Easter" and assuming that I believe like them. What do you say to people that give you these greetings? I think it should be the Zombie Holiday.
Added by Cheryl on March 26, 2009 at 4:42pm —
I was raised hyper-religious. Between the time of my son's birth and his third birthday, I became an atheist. Bringing home a tiny little perfect healthy infant was a huge factor in that. I looked at my son and saw no sin in him. It made me begin questioning a lot of assumptions. I'll post more on my own deconversion later, but for now I'd like to talk a bit about how I personally tackle the issues of myth, religion, and belief within my own childrearing.
1.) I talk about religion… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on March 26, 2009 at 4:18pm —
No, this post is not about the DI...
There's been some news in the past week about recent advances in research to build artificial brains. There's a nice summary over on NeuroLogica.
Anyway, it got me to thinking... There is little doubt in my mind that we will eventually succeed in building an artificial brain, a device capable of replicating the natural processes that occur inside our own skull. When that… Continue
Added by Lakafaith on March 26, 2009 at 3:55pm —
AtheistDoug Slim victory for science here in Texas, but still a victory! Thanks son!
Added by Kat on March 26, 2009 at 3:33pm —
The story begins with Adam and Eve wandering happily around the garden without a stitch of clothing, just like small children. In spite of their nakedness they unashamedly chat with the Big Daddy Yahweh whenever he chooses to visit. They are blissfully unaware of the difference between good and evil so they do not realize that nakedness is immoral. Like children, they don’t have any responsibilities. There is no need to work because the garden is full of food that can simply be plucked off… Continue
Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 26, 2009 at 3:00pm —
I heard about Atheist Nexus from a few people, but I haven't had the time to really play around with it yet. I'm planning on getting everything set up soonish, I'm just probably one of the laziest people ever to walk to Earth.
Recently my cousin got married. I'm really happy that she's happy and her new husband is really a good man for her. I was just very disappointed by the ceremony itself. Basically, the preacher spoke a lot about about men and women can only be happy with the… Continue
Added by Mel on March 25, 2009 at 11:29pm —
The night we returned from Texas I opened an email from my mother. She and my father divorced just about 20 years ago. She's in the middle of a move that signifies a change in her life, so she was going through old photographs, reflecting on the family she had, what was lost and some of her regrets. This turned into a long heartfelt letter to my father. I didn't read it but she gave me enough info to get the jist of it. Basically she on some level regrets the divorce and the path she has been… Continue
Added by Creature on March 25, 2009 at 11:27pm —
I came across this quote.
Animals do not have gods, they are smarter than that. - Ronnie Snow
I just love this quote!
Added by Cheryl on March 25, 2009 at 8:27pm —
Is belief a matter of choice? This is a central question to me lately. Faith, is a matter of choice, dogma is a matter of choice, but when considering belief, the idea is a bit murkier.
According to the New Oxford American Dictionary the definition of belief is:
1 an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists
• something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion or… Continue
Added by Jeremy on March 25, 2009 at 7:21pm —
My grandma gave me this Christian book today. (I spare her the knowledge that I'm an atheist. She wouldn't be able to handle it.) She likes Joyce Meyer. Some of you who have been Christians may recognize her name.
My first thought was that the title by itself says a lot about the mentality. I know that I battled fruitlessly 24 hours a day when I was a Christian and now I have peace with myself and my thoughts. I of course sometimes feel confused and now and then attempt to adjust my… Continue
Added by Krista on March 25, 2009 at 7:19pm —
I'm thinking about applying for a job at Gamestop. I've never had an official job before, and not a lot to put on my resume. Any advice for a newb?
I would perfer to work at Gamestop because I don't really need a high paying job, and I practically live for video games. I'm of age to apply, but I'd stil like some advice.
Added by Tyler Durden on March 25, 2009 at 5:48pm —
I saw some of AN members complain about that there there is no way to be informed about new discussions or blogs ,comments and ... so I decide to write this post to guide them. Here I am going to introduce RSS and a feed reader so if you already know these subject this post will not be useful for you ( I know RSS is not new technology and many people already use it but still many other don't know any thing about it)
I ll try to write in the simplest way without any technical info or… Continue
Added by ObscureAtheist on March 25, 2009 at 3:22pm —
Theists frequently make the statement that, without religion and God, there would be no purpose or meaning in life. It's somewhat offensive, but definitely misguided. I decided to philosophize about it a bit in my latest blog post at RationalityNow, if you're interested.
Added by Dan Gilbert on March 25, 2009 at 2:55pm —
I will be speaking this Sunday, April 29 to the St. Louis Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Rd. St. Louis . Hope to see some of the Atheist Nexus members there.
I was discussing the issue of Atheist behavior toward theists with a colleague recently and thought I would put up my answer to one of his questions:
In my talks, I often try and discuss the four principles of communication with a theist (p. 182 of The God Virus). Unfortunately, I find that there is a good deal of… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on March 25, 2009 at 2:30pm —
see more pwn and owned pictures
What do they mean, Fail? I consider this an epic Win!
Added by BlueJeanGirl on March 25, 2009 at 12:01pm —