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Darwin Day

Oh boy has Darwin Day given me a run. I was really hoping to have this event fully planned by now but I'm still working on getting it together!



I'm planning the event for my campus here, Southern Polytechnic State University. Hell, stop by if you're in the area. UGA is having one too though, and it will probably be better. Anyways. I'm sitting here trying to think of innovative ways to decorate for the event. I wanna do it on a $50 budget. Anyone got any ideas?



I just hope… Continue

Added by Melanie on January 13, 2009 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Respect

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

Added by Krista on January 13, 2009 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

The Argument from Woody Allen

Close up of Allen's statue in Oviedo (Asturias...
Image via Wikipedia
Narelle Jarrett, Archdeacon for Women’s… Continue

Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 13, 2009 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Bad thermodynamics: Entropy

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

Added by Planetologist on January 13, 2009 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Parenting for Non-Belief

Parenting for Non-Belief

By Chris Brockman



If you are a non-believer in God and a parent, you might wish to have your children grow up an:

• Atheist

• Agnostic

• Freethinker

• Humanist

• 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

Added by Chris Brockman on January 13, 2009 at 2:10pm — No Comments

For Every 'God,' Give to the SCA.

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

Added by IsThatLatin on January 13, 2009 at 1:09pm — 2 Comments

Social Experiment: give feedback

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

Added by Adam Johnson on January 13, 2009 at 1:04pm — 13 Comments

Catholic Nuttiness on the Down-Low

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 — No Comments

Dinosaurs

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

Added by Adam Johnson on January 13, 2009 at 8:23am — 5 Comments

Bad Religion

Added by Adam Johnson on January 13, 2009 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Interesting bit of reading.

http://www.secularhumanism.org/library/fi/downey_24_4.htm

Added by Brad on January 13, 2009 at 12:04am — No Comments

It's about me again.

I was laid off again, just before Christmas. I had a good long vacation and now it's time to get back to work.



I've been applying online through the usual job boards, but I also applied for the MBA program at a local university. Thursday I'm taking the GMAT and getting more nervous by the minute.



I have been keeping my eyes open for one of those storefront shops with living quarters either upstairs or in the back. I'd like to open a small bookstore / coffee shop / safe… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on January 12, 2009 at 11:22pm — 1 Comment

Pulling a PZ

Poll: Should "In God We Trust" be removed?
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10103521/

Added by Krista on January 12, 2009 at 10:24pm — 2 Comments

License to Sin

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

Added by Dan Gilbert on January 12, 2009 at 9:17pm — 3 Comments

It's Funny

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

Added by Adam Johnson on January 12, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

My Brain Made Me Do It





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

Added by Knowledge Is Power on January 12, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

If You Can't Explain the Origin of Life Then Why Don't You Just Believe in God?

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

Added by Kylyssa Shay on January 12, 2009 at 6:50pm — 5 Comments

Fundie-Dumdie

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...…



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Added by IsThatLatin on January 12, 2009 at 4:55pm — No Comments

The Religion of Atheism?!

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

Added by Adam Johnson on January 12, 2009 at 11:42am — 9 Comments

Mmm.

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

Added by bludecembers on January 12, 2009 at 11:38am — 3 Comments

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