Morality is a consideration among the living about that which affects survival.
A rock can have no morality.
So that which exists among the living may be said to carry knowledge which assists in it's survival. At it's root, this knowledge is bicameral. Inherited knowledge is instinctual, non-volitional, part of homeostasis. Learned knowledge is empirical, fact based, gained in a learning curve by a theoretical and practical synthesis. These are two distinct intrinsic components of… Continue
Added by Clarence Dember on December 26, 2008 at 4:30am —
I just want to encourage everyone to use GoodSearch
I'm using it to support the Center for Inquiry. Other good choices would be Planned Parenthood and Wikipedia.
From the page: "GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users... You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The… Continue
Added by Melanie on December 26, 2008 at 3:38am —
Thanks to member Tedster and for inviting me here. So now I want to point out some major concerns those deviant variations of the fundamentalist Christian Churches members teach in fact what I call the Jim Jones answer to faith if we cannot solve it here we will solve it in heaven join me even if I have to kill you movement.
This for me is a personal take my brother-in-law was of fundamental faith also somewhat unstable and suicidal. I know this because of court documents there are a… Continue
Added by Michael S on December 26, 2008 at 1:06am —
In a search around the Web while I procrastinate and contemplate my relationship with a man who seems sometimes a Christian fundamentalist to me, I came across this lovely piece
by Mary Gordon wherein she describes the importance of literature to civilization's moral make-up. (Though my dear one's occasional bouts of fundamentalism worry me, his erudition and love of ideas have led me in intellectually enriching directions. For that I… Continue
Added by Lee Roberts on December 25, 2008 at 12:03pm —
I wanted to share this with you
. A new study shows that the brain shuts down when someone experiences transcendence. Well, the right parietal lobe, to be exact. That part of the brain also helps with the ability to do math. So that might explain why religious folks have trouble with the difference between 4.5 Billion years and 6,000 years. LOL!
EDIT: the study that shows that… Continue
Added by Neece on December 25, 2008 at 12:00pm —
In the lunacy of the yuletide, many other items of interest can be lost. The first, of course, is the winter solstice, which has moved through the centuries from December 25 to December 21. Allow me to mention a few others here.
December 25, 2008 marks the 100th Birthday of The Naked Civil Servant himself, Quentin Crisp (1908-1999), who wrote the following:…
Added by NH Baritone on December 25, 2008 at 10:19am —
Just a short one today, as we here at Rancho Taylor kick off End Week. I know, I know, many people call it Christmas or some other name. In my home, being as we are such a unique combination of people, I call it End Week. A celebration of another year closing and the promise of a new adventure in the year to come.
And this last year marks a huge milestone for my family. After 14 very long, very painful years of being care givers to elderly parents, we are now retired from that job.… Continue
Added by K. E. Taylor on December 25, 2008 at 9:30am —
well... i dunno about you, but i'd rather celebrate that then jesus' birfday. lol.
Added by markystar on December 25, 2008 at 3:50am —
I noticed that the local Baptist Church didn't decorate for Christmas this year.
I wonder if it's because of the pagan origins of the decorations. I'll have to check out some other churches and see if they did same.
Added by HotMess on December 25, 2008 at 2:00am —
The 5 DVD set of the 2008 Atheist Alliance Convention is now available each with about 4 hours of the speakers, workshop presenters, and award ceremony.
It is only $50.
Your purchase will support our organization and help us be the positive voice for atheism in this turbulent world.
Repost this, please.
Added by V1ktor on December 25, 2008 at 12:08am —
So what DO atheists wish each other at this time of year?
Added by Ruth Dickson on December 24, 2008 at 7:58pm —
Okay so I'm at my girlfriends mother's home. We have Xmas early because she has to work on Xmas day. So we go to her mother's to celebrate earlly. Family comes over and so on.
So later that night I turn on the History Channel. I'm a guy, right? It's all we ever watch unless there is a game on. Ask any women, they'll tell you this is true. Must be written in stone somewhere.
So I'm watching this show about the Garden of Eden. Guy says it was located once where the Persian Gulf is. Ok.… Continue
Added by Rick on December 24, 2008 at 6:30pm —
I live in a country where people assume you're a Catholic by default. If I lived in, say, America, I probably wouldn't be just as uncomfortable with celebrating Christmas as I am here. There, it's about trees, presents and Santa. Here, its all about the Baby Jeeezus, and the boring, monotonous, infantile carols that you can't escape from, because they are played on every radio station, sung on the television, and butchered by your raving fundie grandmother.
Added by fortunate on December 24, 2008 at 5:30pm —
I don't care what you call it... Christmas, Imbolc, Hanukkah, whatever. I'm still going to celebrate the holiday as I see fit, which will include a healthy mixture of food, intoxication and laziness. I will devote not one erg of my emotional or cognitive energy to imagining the existence of either Santa Claus or the Baby Jesus. They are archetypal stories, finely-resolved expulsions from the figurative-collective unconscious, but that's about all the import they carry for me. I don't have to… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 24, 2008 at 2:59pm —
Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men. (Voltaire).
true then as it isnow.
Added by michelliberty on December 24, 2008 at 1:21pm —
I have my own question: Does God and his angel choose who they want to heal?
My question arose when it was reported that "A 14-year-old girl with a history of serious health issues lay dying of pneumonia in a hospital room. But as her mother waited for the girl to take her last breath, an image of bright light appeared on a security monitor. Within an hour, the dying girl began a recovery that doctors are at a loss to explain."…
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on December 24, 2008 at 11:30am —
And for Casey, I had one too many drinks at karaoke and ended up drawing a caricature of him while everyone else was picking out their playlist:
And here's my Christmas gift to Atheist Nexus. You've now been held in the arms of Jebus.…
Added by Kate Holden on December 24, 2008 at 9:30am —
First, a little background.
My parents are Catholic. I was raised as such and went to Catholic school from 5th grade to 8th grade (which I partially credit for my current atheism, ironically enough).
My wife and I are both atheists now, but were obviously not always so.
At one point early on my parents asked my wife, "Do you believe in God?"
To which she succinctly answered, "Not the Judeo-Christian anthropomorphic God, no."
Parents, "But you believe in… Continue
Added by Jas Brimstone on December 23, 2008 at 4:15pm —
Although very slowly…
When I went out of town recently I’d assumed this Minnesota recount business was going to be resolved by now. Seriously, how long does it take to hand-count ballots? Weeks? Really?
I suspect it would have been finished by now, if the GOP would just shut up and stop trying to challenge and suppress every ballot in sight. I always find it humorous how the GOP won’t shut up about the sanctity of the democratic process, until it comes time to actually… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 23, 2008 at 4:00pm —
This time of year floods me with people who suddenly want to pray. If I hear another conjugation of the word pray, I definitely will explode. That word is grating on me like fingernails across a chalkboard. Prayer, to me, is actively doing nothing yet giving the false illusion of doing something. When someone says they will pray for me, I feel insulted. Why can't the person take action and do something rather than copping-out, passing the buck, and hoping someone else takes… Continue
Added by sjtoupin on December 23, 2008 at 2:45pm —