Here’s a thought experiment and a challenge for philosophers and scientists alike:
Imagine there are two universes, A and B, exactly alike in all ways except one.
In universe A there is a physical law that dictates and governs the behavior of coin flips. Every coin that is flipped in universe A is caused by this law to produce the exact following predictable pattern, 50 heads, 1 tail, 50 heads, 1 tail, and so on…
I have been dating my girlfriend for almost two months now. I met her at the beginning of this school year (she's a sophomore and I'm a junior). Her family is devoutly baptist, as is she. However, she was fully aware that I was atheist before we began dating (as was her Mother who isn't very excited about the fact). Lately though, my atheism has been having a larger impact on her and she seems to be much more questioning about the world around her and her faith especially.
I've just noticed the survey on the front page of the Nexus asking: "Do you celebrate Christmas?" There are four options - two yes and two no - but my own preference is sadly missing. So I'll post it here instead.
Yes, I do celebrate Christmas and I had a rather good time of it last year. Christmas, for me, is a time to go back home and catch up with friends and family. It's a time to eat, drink and exchange presents. And I can enjoy all of this… Continue
Respect the rights of atheists, too
By PHILLIP BERRY | La Crosse
This is a response to Sally Oswalt’s letter to the editor titled “They can’t prove there is no God.” I can agree we atheists may not be able to prove there is no god; however, we are not the ones making the claim.
If I started telling everyone that I believed that there is a one-ton diamond buried in my backyard, and that my family and I enjoy digging for… Continue
I know, shocking title, eh? Shocking! What slander! This will make sense in just a moment.
Vjack at Atheist Revolution has an interesting post up today highlighting the work of your friend and mine, Rick Warren, in Africa. You know Africa. Lovely landscapes, nauseating HIV/AIDS rates. Apparently, the oh-so good work he's done there--the stuff he touts, the wonderful work battling HIV/AIDS--includes his man on the ground there, Martin Ssempa, doing great things. Things like burning… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 11, 2009 at 9:35am —
Okay, have you ever had a person that was so arrogant and up his own ass that he can't even admit that he is the one at fault?
I've been friends with this guy for almost five years now and in the past year or so he has turned into the kind of guy to ditch me for other people, even when we have plans to do things, or I needed his help with something. I have caught him in his lies so many times It is ridiculous.
I recently got fed up with him and I started ignoring him. He…
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able, and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither willing, nor able? Then why call him God"
Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods… Continue
Invasive persuasion. Or something similar.
Mindless ramblings of an unsafe mind. (Which is questionable.)
This coming from a vast mind left empty. I'm such a drone, trying to avoid some kind of mediocre disposer. Is anyone even in tune? Does it matter? This whole concept is getting old. Being out numbered by incompetent people. I am left again feeling as though the sole purpose of my mind is to confuse me on the difficulty of simple matters. This analytical thought process is… Continue
Other than solipsists and those of us in a persistent vegetative state, most of us have noticed that there is a reality, called nature, independent of our human experiences. We've also noticed that there are certain regularities in nature, meaning that there are certain propositions about nature that are always true, in all times and places, regardless of our beliefs or knowledge.
For example, even if no one bothered to notice, the speed of light in a vacuum would still be… Continue
(CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama has requested that the words “so help me God” be added to the end of the oath of office to be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts on Inauguration Day.
That confirmation came in an affidavit filed today by Roberts' court counselor in a pending lawsuit by an atheist opposed to any mention of God in the inaugural ceremonies. Roberts said he would abide by Obama’s…Continue
I live during the winters with a friend and his grandparents, the grandmother is as sweet as can be, but the grandfather is a full blown Christian. He completely blows my mind with the way he acts. Constantly I find myself getting into out of hand arguments with him defending the facts of evolution, geological evidence of the earths true age, the true origins of the bible and his faith. The worst part is that he can't even except that I am an atheist, he believes that I truly am forcing myself… Continue
The 13th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Evolution is a fraud!”
By: Aron Ra
Ernst Haeckel was a pioneer zoologist and taxonomist whose numerous contributions to biology go largely unnoticed compared to a couple rather odd errors. First, he proposed that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny", suggesting that embryonic development reflects the organism’s evolutionary ancestry. To illustrate this, he produced about a hundred drawings of embryos at various stages.… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:19pm —
The 12th falsehood of Creationism: “Creation science”
By: Aron Ra
Paleontology in its early days was a difficult discipline. We had to devise a way to test and confirm the claims that were made because 19th Century pioneers were often confused by their own preconceptions, and often made simple mistakes that went undiscovered for decades. Unwary professors were sometimes made the victims of pranks, and not every respected scientist was entirely… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:16pm —
The 11th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Macroevolution has never been observed.”
By: Aron Ra
You share more traits in common with your siblings than you do with your cousins due to the recent ancestors you share with them, your parents. Deeper down, you share more in common with those in your extended family than you do with neighbors and classmates, etc., people you don’t recognize as part of your biological family. But you must realize that on some level… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:13pm —
The 10th falsehood of creationism; “The evolutionary ‘tree of life’ is nowhere implied neither in the fossil record, nor in any aspect of biology.”
By: Aron Ra
Creationists often complain that science supposedly says there was only one universal ancestor of all livings and that along the way, we evolved both into, and then from, bacteria. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. 21st century revelations in genomic research now imply that the origins of evolution come… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:08pm —