A recent article
in Nature magazine presents evidence that the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) of life on Earth was probably not a hyperthermophile after all. New molecular-genetics results show the cell type all living cells can trace their own origin back to in a clear genetic line - LUCA - was not a strong heat-loving microbe. Up until now, the accepted model in evolutionary genetics was that LUCA shared… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 29, 2008 at 6:30pm —
Freethinking Winter Solstice Sign & Billboard
To go up in Olympia!
Nov. 26, 2008
Tis the season . . . to bring some freethinking cheer to Olympia!
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog and the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, is making its mark on Olympia in December.
In addition to erecting a jaunty "Reason's Greetings" billboard in downtown Olympia on East 5th Avenue (cross street Jefferson), the Foundation and its… Continue
Added by MJ on December 29, 2008 at 5:30pm —
No Evangelizing At Recruiting Sites
December 28, 2008McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
The Pentagon is cracking down on evangelizing at its national network of recruit processing centers, telling religious groups that it won't permit proselytizing at the sites.
A new regulation quietly distributed last month to commanders of the 65 centers says that religious literature and publications produced by other "non-federal entities" may be made available to… Continue
Added by Rick on December 29, 2008 at 5:00pm —
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Added by Krista on December 29, 2008 at 3:34pm —
Disturbing things afoot in small town America--imagine that! Vjack at Atheist Revolution commented on this apparent fiasco in-waiting last week (links provided later--I am not home and am having technical difficulties at the moment), and I guess it's not going away. In fact, for the poor guy who complained (and rightly so), it's gotten much worse.
Read the Rest - Links not on blog...heh...but if you go there, you'll know where to… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on December 29, 2008 at 2:49pm —
A network like this even exists?
Feel like I came out of the closet!
Added by Drew on December 29, 2008 at 12:00am —
Added by Fr33think3r on December 28, 2008 at 3:43pm —
From now on, I will be using this term to refer to those people (including myself when appropriate) who are not able to distinguish reality from fantasy, for whatever reason. This ranges from the operational reality-challenged (like those who believe in supernatural entities, for example, and can still walk around and pass for normal) to the curl-up-in-a-ball-paranoid-delusional reality-challenged.
It's okay. It happens to the best of us, on occasion.
Wow. I could SO not… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on December 28, 2008 at 1:59pm —
This was brought to my attention by my former business partner. Now some of us were in uniform prior to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Well, starting back in the early 90's the military started to take DNA samples of all it's service members. The reason for this was simple. If you got killed in combat, and had lost your dog tags or had decomposed, they could use your DNA to identify your body and bring you home. No more Unknown Soldiers. That meant… Continue
Added by Rick on December 28, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Another Christmas season as come and gone--the 'War on Christmas' is over, for this year. Be sure to look for it again about mid-November next year. I've come across more than one 'article' asking why atheists hate or fear Christians and Christianity so much--apparently, we purposefully get particularly riled up this time of year. I'd like to take a stab at answering this question, but first, I should explain that it isn't even a valid question. As in, you holy folks aren't asking the right… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on December 28, 2008 at 11:57am —
Yesterday my girlfriend needed some gas for her car. Right now financially it is tight for both of us and I help her out whenever I can. So getting her some gas to go back and forth to work is a no brainer. Well its morning and we're both peckish so I send her into the store to give the clerk there my gas card and tell him we're going to buy some other things. Well she comes out and says I have to show the guy my ID. That struck me as odd because if I… Continue
Added by Rick on December 28, 2008 at 11:30am —
Hello fellow thinkers.
I'm a new member but have been reading many fine atheist sites, including this one, for years, although I'm not overly sure why, there's nothing new in this age-old argument, if you could reason with believers, there would be no believers. I suppose I just like to be reminded I'm not the only person on this over-infested rock that still has the ability to reason, well, that and the fact that reading about whatever the latest moronic thing the believers are doing… Continue
Added by EvilGod on December 28, 2008 at 11:30am —
Hello to everyone, i just thought since i am recently registered to the comunity, i would introduce my self.
I am a iguitar player, love music, specially metal.
I work with web development, for 11 years now.
I am a Atheist, i strongly believe religion is one of the biggest problems ins the world today.
Have 5 black cats.
I run a few blogs, one of them is particularly against religion, and more focused on christianity, since i am currently living… Continue
Added by deathvult on December 28, 2008 at 12:33am —
You going to enjoy this one. Check it out.
Added by V1ktor on December 27, 2008 at 10:47pm —
I'm interested in who is spreading the crap statement "Adolf Hitler was an atheist..."
I am also gathering sources to refute this... Mein Kampf would be a good example.
From a Google Search of "Hitler Atheist"
Besides the insinuation that WE are just like Hitler, it's the fact that Christians will lie.… Continue
Added by j on December 27, 2008 at 7:30pm —
isn't new, but a friend posted the link to Facebook and it reminded me how great the video is. Dr. Kenneth Miller is a cell biologist who lectures on evolution and science education, and participated as an expert witness for the good guys at the Kitzmiller v. Dover School District trial. In this segment where he addresses a group of high school students, Miller does a masterful job of… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 27, 2008 at 4:52pm —
In discussing the most likely effects of a warming climate shift, tropical storms have been a weak link. The thermomechanics controlling formation and evolution of tropical cyclonic storms - hurricanes and typhoons - are ridiculously complicated. Predictions are very hard to make, and require loads of data that take decades to gather.... but there's no way to rush the weather.
Tropical storms are formed ultimately by temperature differences between the tropics and the higher… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 27, 2008 at 4:17pm —
My brother gave me a book store gift card for xmas and I never get to buy books so I'm excited. I'd really appreciate any recommendations. Books for freethinkers or otherwise.
Added by Krista on December 27, 2008 at 3:40pm —
We Atheists have no dogma that I am aware of, beyond the definition of atheist... Of course, "atheist" is a self label and can neither be officially forced onto another nor branded...no matter what the Communist Party, or Christians think.
Besides the numerous theologies found within the Bible, over which denominations form and fragment, there are at least two semi-external dogmas...
The Triune Dogma of God and the Triune Dogma of the Bible.
"God is omniscient,… Continue
Added by j on December 27, 2008 at 3:30pm —
taken from my blog
Earlier this morning I went with some friends to see “Valkyrie”. My extremely religious friend was unable to tag along, but I wonder if he would have given this any thought. When Hitler survives the assassination attempt (again) he goes on the radio and talks about how this is proof that god is protecting and guiding him, and by extension guiding Nazi Germany.
Hitler used this to reinforce the idea that… Continue
Added by Dustin Sanders on December 27, 2008 at 3:15pm —