The National Research Council has advised the incoming Obama administration to streamline our export and visa controls on the flow of science and scientists in and out of the US. From this Reuters article
"Our visa controls have made it more difficult or less attractive for talented foreign professionals to come and learn what is great about this country, or to stay and help grow the American economy," the… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 9, 2009 at 4:41pm —
I saw a good friend of mine for the first time in nearly a year the other night. I've been in a much more reflective mood the past couple of nights.
It feels like its been forever but I've only been an atheist for the past two years. Before that I was in a constant state of denial. I didn't want to cope with more own mortality. I wanted my relationships with those I care for to have a significance beyond reality. I didn't bond quicker with some people because our personalities were… Continue
Added by Creature on January 9, 2009 at 3:17pm —
One of my best friends is in a dire financial situation and needs a full time job (long story - suffice it to say, she's not kidding). She sent an email out to her closest friends and asked for us to pray that God sends her that job she so desperately needs. I wanted so badly to tell her that I wouldn't pray for her. I would definitely wish her well and always have, but I won't pray. If and when she gets a job, it'll be because she made it happen.
Yes, I wanted to tell her this, but… Continue
Added by Whalehugger on January 9, 2009 at 3:08pm —
Here is a suggestion from Malcolm Hutton: National Secular Society Newsletter, 9 January 2009
"One could take action when a bible is presented in hotel or hospital. First of all go prepared with a yellow highlight pen and ask if the bible is yours to keep. Then highlight some of the most damaging verses, such as –
Luke 14:26 – hate your mother and father
Matthew 10:34/36 – he came not for peace but with a sword
Psalm 137:9 – it will make you happy to dash your… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 9, 2009 at 2:00pm —
"Everyone should believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink."
Added by Rick on January 9, 2009 at 3:30am —
Now by the title I know what many of you are thinking. The difference in beliefs of the religious and evolutionists. Well not tonight. I have had my rant tonight so I'm going to convey what I believe and has evidence to substantiate this claim.
I personally believe that religion is a human evolutionary trait. If one believes in natural selection and survival of the fittest then we can move on from there. Well lets first consider the human mind. The human mind is so complex even in… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 9, 2009 at 3:19am —
I'm not 100% sure how to start this so I am just going to say that my father died from a motorcycle crash July 29, 1997; two days before my 12th birthday. He was not religious; I suppose I'd describe him as agnostic. He wasn't concerned with the afterlife but moreso with the now; his children in general. He was an absolute great father.
The first thing I want to say is that it irritates me when people say "I'm sorry" because that's not the emotion they feel. They usually have no… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 9, 2009 at 1:58am —
I posted a note a few days ago about my young brother-in-law who killed him self just this past Saturday. Obviously, emotions are very raw still and I wouldn't dream of saying what I am posting here to any of my family members. My sisters-in-law and their parents are now struggling with exactly where is he NOW? One says he could not possibly be "saved" and so must be in Hell. Another says, he must be being punished by God before he enters Heaven, and others say he must be in Heaven already. How… Continue
Added by Daniel on January 8, 2009 at 7:40pm —
Considering the claim of God's omnipotence made me wonder about the concept of free will and how that fits in with the "grand plan." It seems that the very claim of omnipotence invalidates the existence of free will (and vice versa).
I'd love to hear comments on my conclusion for those who are interested. You can see the whole argument on Rationality Now
I would imagine that somebody,… Continue
Added by Dan Gilbert on January 8, 2009 at 1:41pm —
Carl Sagan's Cosmos television series led me - I'm more or less convinced of this, as I look back - into becoming a professional scientist. From watching Cosmos I learned about nucleosynthesis, the process by which fusion in stars cobbles atoms together from primordial hydrogen. I'd never been taught about the origins of the elements before, in any science class in grade school. Not once. Cosmos also taught me the basics of how evolution works, what a redshift is, and how I can thank fanatics… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 8, 2009 at 12:05pm —
Internet Infidel Activists - your help is needed!
The following amateur writer writes in my local paper. He is a home-schooled Christian fundamentalist. He gets a mention of Christianity or Jesus and a gratuitous insult at atheists and/or humanists into every column he writes. He "hates" the phrase "Happy Holidays", and does an annual "Christ in Christmas" piece. He is about 17-20 years old.
I need the help of atheists to flood my local paper with criticisms of his… Continue
Added by Drew on January 8, 2009 at 11:57am —
The 2nd foundational falsehood of creationism: Scriptures are the “Word of God”
By: Aron Ra
The 2nd foundational falsehood of creationism is the belief that sacred scriptures were written by a god rather than by the actual human authors. When believers argue over any of the many things which contradict their religion, they often challenge us to decide whom we are going to believe? The alleged “word” of God? Or that of Men? As if human inquiry had no chance against… Continue
Added by John on January 8, 2009 at 11:47am —
Reasons to eliminate religion.
Sorry, but I have to vent for a minute, OK; for hundreds of years indigenous people and their culture have seen extreme brutality from Muslim and Allah, Jews/Christians and God/Jesus. In fact, for those of us who have read-up on history knows that the justifications for enslaving and brutalizing these people was that "they were not Christians or "saved" and we, the good God/Jesus loving colonialists, must convert these pagans to… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on January 8, 2009 at 9:30am —
The 1st Falsehood of creationism: “evolution = atheism"
By: Aron Ra
The U.S. population seems pretty evenly divided over whether the human species is biologically related to other animals or whether we were “specially-created” as part of a flurry of miracles. Even our collective politicians -seemingly all of them- are wrapped up in this controversy. Yet it is hard to find even one of them who know what it is about. Why is it that there is such concern in so many… Continue
Added by John on January 8, 2009 at 8:30am —
The Atheist Foundation of Australia
has launched a new forum
. The forum is intended to be a place for Australian (though they don't knock back internationals) Atheists to meet,… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 8, 2009 at 8:20am —
The atrocity going on in the Gaza Strip is a prime example of the poison of religion. The death toll is now over 600 including civilians. This is all because of a disagreement of religion. They want this 'sacred' plot of land. We're talking about the massacre of children in a UN school and blatant disregard for 'collateral damage'. People are losing their homes, families and lives over this trivial medieval idea of god. I know its asking a lot but it would be nice for these blind, brainless… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 8, 2009 at 5:30am —
I received this in my email this morning and although I am not yet old - though rapidly approaching it - it summed up my philosophy of life pretty nicely (I already recognise myself in a lot of it!). This is how I want to be in my old age and know that when my time comes to slip this mortal coil and return to oblivion, I will have enjoyed it to the last - life is too short to do otherwise!
"Old Age, I decided, is a gift.
I am now, probably for the first time in my life,… Continue
Added by Crystal Shard on January 8, 2009 at 4:30am —
I keep getting comments, pm's, and emails regarding a satire piece I wrote for Christmas. There's even a 'Stumbler' who thought the article was serious and reviewed it as if it were here
I've gotten messages from Christians telling me that mistletoe isn't a Christian religious symbol and messages from pagans insisting the same. I've even gotten a… Continue
Added by Kylyssa Shay on January 7, 2009 at 7:14pm —
A new demographic study
of the Prop H8 vote shows that the black vote probably wasn't the deciding factor the pundits claimed it was at the time. According to the study authors Patrick J. Egan at New York University and Kenneth Sherrill at Hunter College, CUNY carried out, the defining factors that determined which way someone voted on Prop H8 were... get ready for a real… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 7, 2009 at 6:45pm —
It's heartening… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 7, 2009 at 6:30pm —