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Conservative and liberal fear of science

I am not by any means good at science, in fact I avoid taking science classes as much as possible knowing I'll be confused on the first day. But I try to stay as informed as any lay person can. For most of my life I lived in Orange County where a good portion of the population believes in Creationism or Intelligent Design and deny Global Warming. Now, I live in Eugene, where a good portion of the population are non-religious and very liberal. However, I've noticed a similar level of… Continue

Added by Shireen on January 22, 2009 at 7:36pm — 2 Comments

ADHD stimulant treatment may decrease risk of substance abuse in adolescent girls:

ADHD stimulant treatment may decrease risk of substance abuse in adolescent girls

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found that treatment with stimulant drugs does not increase and appears to significantly decrease the risk that girls with ADHD will begin smoking cigarettes or using alcohol or drugs. Their report in the October Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent… Continue

Added by Deepak on January 22, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Two years as an Atheist, a reflection.

From my blog

I don’t have the date written down, but sometime in the middle of January two years ago I officially decided I was an Atheist. It’s been a very interesting and difficult two years.

Before I realized I was an Atheist, religion didn’t take up much of my daily thought process, now it’s something I think about almost constantly. It’s been a stressor for the most part. The constant feelings of being a second… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on January 22, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Rick Warren does not speak for me

I was pleased and surprised to hear nonbelievers mentioned in Obama's inaugural address, the first time to my limited historical knowledge that such a mention has occurred in a new President's opening words to the nation. People argue over the numbers, but anywhere from several percent to one in four Americans is an atheist, agnostic, or unassociated with any formal religious group or organization. Our numbers are legion, as the saying goes. So it was pleasing to finally be recognized as an… Continue

Added by Planetologist on January 22, 2009 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

British watchdog rejects complaints about 'no God' ads

British watchdog rejects complaints about 'no God' ads

LONDON (AFP) – A poster campaign proclaiming "There's probably no God" does not breach advertising rules, a British watchdog ruled Wednesday after more than 300 people complained.

The atheist campaign, organized in response to Christian adverts, has seen some 800 buses plastered with the slogan across the country. It was paid for by more than 140,000 pounds (200,000… Continue

Added by Rick on January 22, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

i have a Mormon girlfriend...

she is:

19, a senior in high school, sister of a close friend (who is on a mission as we speak, he will be back this June) that doesn't know about our relationship.

i am:

part: black,Asian,Native South American. (on my drivers license it says i am Caucasian...snicker)

a liberal (open minded) extreme leaning Atheist.

21 and in collage for welding MATC (west). I still live at home.

we have been together for 7 or 8 months. fights… Continue

Added by Darkone on January 21, 2009 at 11:11pm — 4 Comments

religion, now with aliens?

In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 21, 2009 at 7:38pm — 2 Comments

An atheist is someone who believes that nothing made everything.

Hello all:

PZ Myers published a blog about Ray Comfort's latest antics:


Read at your own risk... it contains phrases such as:

"Imagine if I said my latest book came from nothing. Imagine if I say that I don't believe a builder build my house."

PZs comments bring us back to the non-delusional reality most of us prefer, however.… Continue

Added by Jude Johnson on January 21, 2009 at 4:50pm — 1 Comment

not so surprised....

I was very excited yesterday, as we all were, it seems, when President Obama mentioned “non-believers” when he listed different types of belief systems that Americans hold. I say excited, but not surprised. I have held a close ear to Obama’s speeches, as he has been campaigning for almost 2 years for the presidency. I have been very aware of the lack of religiosity in his speeches. Yeah, he quotes the odd bible verse every so often, but it’s always relevant to a common moral lesson he is making… Continue

Added by zeeman barzell on January 21, 2009 at 3:10pm — 2 Comments

Is it just me (or are applications ridiculous)?

Is it just me or do most of the applications on A|N seem better suited to theists, or 12 year olds, rather than for people with the courage, integrity and intelligence to value truth over fantasy, in a wold filled with the opposite? Actually I don't need to ask, since the installation rates, which are mostly zero, bear this out. Not a big deal, but it is almost embarrassing just scrolling through the list.

Added by Kozz on January 21, 2009 at 12:54pm — 4 Comments


Yesterday's inauguration speech was, in many ways, big. Again, Obama spoke to the nation like the adults we are, which is a refreshing change from having to revert one's mind to that of a child, just to be able to figure out what your leader is saying.

The speech was big in another way:

We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers.

Read the… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on January 21, 2009 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

What’s different about the “new age" movement?

Bizarre secret cult ripping families apart

“About 20 people have become devotees of a New Age "healer'', Matthew Meinck, who owns a retreat property in Chittering Valley. Meinck, an Australian-born former monk, believes that people retain in their bodies memories of abuse that can be retrieved during intense deep-tissue massage, regressive therapy and gruelling meditation sessions lasting up to two weeks.” However, “During long retreats at the property, they became… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on January 21, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Turkish creationist offering trillions to prove that transitional fossils are real is crazier than the media reports...

A Turkish creationist's stunt contest offering 7.5 trillion lira or $4.6 trillion U.S. is still open and will be for a very long time. But can you expect anything else from someone who thinks that evolution is a Zionist/Freemason conspiracy to enslave his countrymen?


Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

your book vs. my universe, a science writer's statement of purpose

This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...

I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

It's over....

After 8 years, Bush is gone. Boy what has the Republican Party turned into? I remember a time a guy like him would have just been laughed at. And Palin too. Where did they get her? I guess they couldn't get anyone else to run with McCain. The next few years will be interesting.

One of the things Bush and Company really did was DIVIDE THIS COUNTRY. And boy did they do a great job doing it.

Our country is attacked. Did we unify? No. We just kept being pulled apart. I guess it was the… Continue

Added by Rick on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Frustrations with finding human rights positions

The past few years, I have had this nagging feeling in the back of my head, lurking around under my thoughts. Hearing more and more about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, and injustices in Gaza lately have brought it back with a raging fury. For the longest time, I have wanted to go oversees and volunteer. To do SOMETHING, with my own hands, to improve the lives of people over there. To help show that not all Americans are rich/rude/uncaring/whatever misconceptions those people may… Continue

Added by Andrea on January 20, 2009 at 8:15pm — 2 Comments

The Virgin Mary is SEXY

How hot is the Virgin Mary? Yowza. This is the work of Ricardo Oyarzun, a fashion designer in Chile who wants to dress models in Virgin Mary inspired garb, but sexier. That's not the best part. The response of the roman catholic church is what made me laugh out loud. I quote them and reply over at… Continue

Added by Neece on January 20, 2009 at 7:20pm — No Comments


I was born the year George Bush Sr. was elected. Yes, the man who said we are neither citizens nor patriots. So, just to hear our new president acknowledge us felt pretty nice :) a quiet inch in the right direction.

Added by Hana on January 20, 2009 at 7:07pm — 2 Comments

A different book for inauguration?

It is only a few hours after Obama took the oath of office to become the President of the United States. And part of that was that he placed his hand on a Bible used by Lincoln, something which as been pointed out quite a bit in the news with the historic nature of the book has been talked about. Now perhaps it should be that no Bible at all should be used at all, but I was also thinking about it and wondering if instead of just saying drop the Bible something that might be attempted is to come… Continue

Added by John "Direwolf" Pollock on January 20, 2009 at 2:35pm — 5 Comments

Obama inaugurates the return of science

Barack Obama was just sworn in, and he mentioned science within his first few hundred words as 44th President of the United States. To be specific:

Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics.
Here, here! At last we have a national figure who realizes how important it is… Continue

Added by Planetologist on January 20, 2009 at 2:09pm — No Comments

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