Growing up, my fundamentalist parents tried to teach a lot of wacky "values" that just didn't make sense to me. Let's start with patriotism. I feel lost trying to understand this concept. Even as a small child I didn't see what was good about that. I understand being concerned about the community/country you live in but ... I don't love my country. It's just the place I happen to have been born. I'd rather think of myself as a citizen of the world. I think if more people thought that way… Continue
Usually my blog entries comment on some specific news item, but in other cases I’m motivated not by a particular current event or pseudoscience eruption, but by student questions or offhand comments I hear that demonstrate and remind me of some example of common bad thinking. One such example is the dramatically wrong way thermodynamics - specifically the concept of entropy - is often depicted in the popular media, in particular by opponents of evolution by natural… Continue
If you are a non-believer in God and a parent, you might wish to have your children grow up an:
• Whatever the child decides on his or her own.
You then have the task, as a conscientious parent, to choose and implement a strategy for achieving the outcome you deem best.
The last on the list, I think, not only obviates a strategy, it is an abrogation… Continue
The Friendly Atheist has a brilliant idea for the inauguration.
I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot of God talk over the next week from these four pastors. For every mention of the words “Jesus,” “Lord,” “God,” or “Christ” during the four prayers next week, I am going to make a $5 donation to the Secular Coalition for America — a lobbying group in Washington working to support the rights of non-religious people and educating Congress about the separation of church and…Continue
So I just returned from a very long and eventful walk. Eventful in the sense that I spent the time thinking.
I have an idea that might work and I would like to put it through an experiment but I need your help. Read the whole hypothesis and tell me your ideas.
I think that atheists are taking the wrong approach to making theists think. Telling them they are blatantly wrong doesn't change anything and it makes them quite unresponsive even if you make a good… Continue
Okay, this is great. The Vatican is drawing up new guidelines to assess the validity of Virgin Mary sightings. And that sort of thing. Awesome:
Catholics who claim they have seen the Virgin Mary will be forced to remain silent about the apparitions until a team of psychologists, theologians, priests and exorcists have fully investigated their claims under new Vatican guidelines aimed at stamping out false claims of miracles.
The Pope wants to "help bishops snuff out… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 13, 2009 at 1:02pm —
Do you remember the old tv series "Dinosaurs" with Earl, Robbie, Fran, Charlene, and Baby. Remember "gotta love me, I'm the baby", "AGAIN!", "Not the mama!"? I have all 4 seasons on dvd and there is a wonderful episode called "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" which talks about abandoning science to blinding follow a religion. I highly recommend watching it.
Here is the excerpt from wikipedia on the episode.
In the final season, "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" (a take off of… Continue
You've all heard the accustaion before... without religion, there is no morality and we atheists can just go around killing, stealing, and raping until the cows come home. It's a tiresome accusation, but one I've read so often lately that I felt the need to address it... and so I have, albeit briefly. I think religion gives a free "get out of sin" pass. Atheism does not.
I've got a more grandiose treatise in the works, but the following article will have to suffice for now.… Continue
I am an atheist.. If you didn;t know by now you have been absent, or you're stupid (This is an atheist site). Many people believe that all atheist are moraless, hedonistic, alcoholic, junkies. Well I am none of those. I have very firm morals, I don't drink, I don't smoke, and I have never done any drugs (apart from prescriptions smartass). I don't even hang around people that do that stuff ofter. George Carlin put it best: " I don't have time for other people's stupid bullshit." That stands… Continue
In the 1970’s, Benjamin Libet conducted a series of studies that aimed to provide a timing of consciousness. A subject was asked to look at an oscilloscope timer with a moving dot and voluntarily press a button within a certain timeframe. The results showed that there was unconscious activity within the brain signaling the readiness potential for the voluntary action 300 milliseconds before the subject reported being conscious of it. These and other related studies… Continue
A question thrown out often in debate between Christians and atheists is “If you can’t explain the origin of the universe and the origin of life then why don’t you just believe in God?” It is often followed up with, “Doesn’t it make more sense to believe in God because all those questions are answered in the Bible. All science has is theories but the Bible has the Truth.” I have answered this question so frequently that I decided to write an… Continue
I just knew I'd be able to get on here at least one more time today to post something with a little more substance than the last post. And, by "substance," I mean, proof of fundie-dumdie (yes, I just made that up, right this moment. It is my new word for the species of dumb with which fundamental Christians infect our space). This week's winner--and I realize it's only Monday but really, this is great--is Patrick...…
Atheism is often considered another religion. When filling out profile information on website atheism is stated as a religion rather than the choice 'none'. When people ask an atheist his/her religion his/her answer is "I'm an atheist". When one asks a christian his/her religion his/her answer is "I'm a christian".
I believe that atheism seems like a religion to ignorant people because the word 'atheist' is used in that context. Many people believe that an atheist just hasn't found… Continue
I wrote this in retaliation to people attacking my views on religion, and specifically in this instance, gay marriage. Supposed it "pertained" to this site or rather met the criteria. So here it is...
Writing is one of my things, clearly. If you knew me, you'd know that for sure. I often write to express myself. Sure I am opinionated and stubborn. But aren't we all when it comes to our beliefs and our views? If you're not standing up for what you believe in that is not my problem and… Continue