I’m again asking for activist atheists and humanists to make either a quick note or a detailed critique to a letter to the editor of my local paper. Both the humanist starting point and the (off-topic) theist reply are included. I invite others to post similar letters so that others can help out. Even a short note is valuable if the editor receives several of them. Please post your letters here when you have done so. Thanks to BB for such a great letter last time.
Cowichan Vallley… Continue
Added by Drew on January 15, 2009 at 12:09pm —
Basic research into the origins of life continues to advance, despite the best efforts of creationists and IDiots to ignore it. Unlike the depictions presented by most evolution deniers, our understanding of prebiotic processes operating on the early Earth is actually quite advanced. Origins of life research is a vigorous field of study today and has progressed far beyond the early Miller-Urey experiments, though you wouldn't know that from most popular media coverage of the topic. Our picture… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 15, 2009 at 10:56am —
no mater how many times i tell people in debates i still cant seem to convince them that Hitler was not a atheist , I've explained to so many people how and where he was raised and who he grew up with and still they say Hitler big atheist , so i did a search and found
the antique belt buckle Worn by a Nazi German soldier, the aluminum, World War II era buckle carried the imperial eagle of the Third Reich above the familiar Swastika. Surrounding the eagle and Swastika was the motto, "Gott… Continue
Added by michelliberty on January 15, 2009 at 10:24am —
Ugh. I went from being in a very good mood all of the time to an outright nasty one. I've been trying to shake it but it's reached the point where I'm having trouble going to sleep. I take sleeping pills and wind up laying around with the munchies being haunted by every idiotic thing I've done in the past 8 years or so.
I'm starting to suspect that diet and exercise really make a difference. I was drinking a lot of green tea, going to the gym regularly, and taking vitamins. I fell… Continue
Added by Creature on January 15, 2009 at 7:22am —
Was the title of this article on the front page of Yahoo news this morning.
Best of luck I say.
Added by Charles Hollingshead on January 15, 2009 at 7:00am —
I'm proud of my Atheist ambigram and considering getting it for a tattoo...
Added by Jude Johnson on January 14, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Been a while, since I've posted here. I was going through a period of depression and isolation. I feel a lot better now. I'm ready to be active on the internet again. Although, I do have to finished that damned C++ for Dummies 9booksin1 or I'll never finish it. I've been thinking about putting a price on finishing the book: a technique I read up on CNN Health
. I mostly post on xanga, so I wish I could… Continue
Added by Adrian on January 14, 2009 at 12:56pm —
As y'all know, on December 6, a number of nonreligious parents gathered at Harvard's Fong Auditorium to get some ideas about raising kids without religion. Greg Epstein also led a discussion about how best to form a more lasting community to serve the needs of nonreligious parents in the Boston/Cambridge area.
Washington Post reporter Robin Shulman spent the day with us and wrote… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on January 14, 2009 at 8:01am —
Prepare thyself, he who reads this, to tremble and quake before the Incredible Word of God, as written by THE LORD HIMSELF!
Today I would like to talk about something that makes Me extremely furious – the fact that I am banned from public schools in the USA.
I take this as an insult. In fact, it is as if America has spit in My Holy Face and kicked Me in My Divine Balls. I punish America every day for this blasphemous… Continue
Added by God on January 13, 2009 at 11:30pm —
So a couple of weeks ago around 3am I was looking around for information about wounds for a story I've been working on. Somehow I wound up on yahoo answers. It took me until today to realize it, but I think signing up for that place may have been one of the more masochistic things I've done in a long time.
Now for those of you that have not gone on there it's set up as a question and answer forum with a point system that makes it addictive in the same way as an RPG video game by… Continue
Added by Creature on January 13, 2009 at 9:45pm —
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 —
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 —
Narelle Jarrett, Archdeacon for Women’s… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 13, 2009 at 4:06pm —
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 —
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:
• 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 —
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 —
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 —
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
Added by Adam Johnson on January 13, 2009 at 8:23am —
Added by Adam Johnson on January 13, 2009 at 2:30am —