The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.
Added by Snakeophelia on December 12, 2008 at 10:40pm —
I really should stay away from Amazon. I spend far too much money on there. Today, my purchases included Geek Love, Geek Logik, and Geek Chic. Those will all go nicely with the "GeeKISSexy" t-shirt I just purchased from - where else? - ThinkGeek.com
Added by Snakeophelia on December 12, 2008 at 7:30pm —
Recently, a reader wrote about their struggles with Christianity. I have been through similar struggles myself, though I have reached a conclusion contrary to that of the former contributor. As I grew older I began to see the Old Testament more as a justification for atrocity than an account chronicling the chosen people of God. Seeking solace in the New Testament left me peering into the heart of my religion, only to find… Continue
Added by Jerome on December 12, 2008 at 9:30am —
For the past week I have:
- written a 20 pg paper for Southern Lit.
- written a 5 pg paper for Tragedy.
- written a 1 1/4 pg, uh, essay?, for Art: Raku.
- finish reading a novel for Southern Lit.
- start doing research on my Thesis, write an outline, a bibliography, meet w/my advisor, write up my essay proposal
- find time to eat/sleep/drink...lots of time for that.
Whenever this Thesis gets me down, I will crank up the music that inspired it:… Continue
Added by deepthought42 on December 12, 2008 at 12:33am —
they get away with it by saying (FREEWILL) what a crock of shit
Added by michelliberty on December 11, 2008 at 6:33pm —
Since I'm a senior in high school, I've been getting a lot of stuff from colleges interested in me. Phone calls, mailers, email, DVDs, you get the idea. Usually they just ask how my college search is going, and since I've decided to attend my community college first, the calls have shortened considerably.
I just got a call from Simpson U, a college in I-don't-know-where. The guy on their end asks me casually how I'm doing (this seems to be the most common question). Then he talks a… Continue
Added by Draccataura on December 11, 2008 at 6:30pm —
More reasons to eliminate religion.
Why are the most abusive, sadistic and evil people are the ones "God" seems to chose to lead his "flock"? Have any of you believers, stop, just for a second, and pay attention to God's judgement? Oh! I know, you guys are to busy believing and praying, with your eyes close, to this so-called God. As a result, you guys fail to recognised all the atrocious crimes his "spiritual" picked leaders are committing. Yes, they all claimed to be chosen… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on December 11, 2008 at 5:00pm —
W said in an interview that the Bible is "probably not" literally true.
I'm not surprised, but I find it hilarious the religious right were "stunned" LOL
Anyone with a thinking brain knows the Republicans used them to gain power, but did little for them once they took over. Silly people
Added by Lori Gilliland on December 11, 2008 at 1:02pm —
A while ago I was talking to some friends and the topic about my position came up and they asked me "What do you believe in?", to which I answered that I don't 'believe', but that I think that evidence should be evaluated and yadda, yadda, yadda (skepticism)... and then, they finished saying "So, you are atheist", to which I responded "I am skeptic, therefore I am atheist". A few months ago, there was a 'Atheist Pride March' (or something around that), and I was telling a contact on… Continue
Added by G.P.Plascencia on December 11, 2008 at 11:30am —
I remember wondering when I was a kid why some people have no faith in God. I was about to go home with one of my girl friends when out of the blue I said to her, “I really can’t understand why some people just don’t believe in God. Do they not realize that it is impossible not to believe in God’s existence? Can’t they see that wherever we look we can see the grand design of the Creator?” My friend looked at me and frowned. I think she even said, “Yan ka na naman sa kaiisip mo eh. Isang araw di… Continue
Added by Oboids on December 11, 2008 at 10:30am —
leads to a reproduction of a MLK paper that discusses the influence of other ancient beliefs on the x-ian religion.
I hope you find it informative.
Added by Fr33think3r on December 11, 2008 at 8:30am —
This is a paper that I wrote in 2008. I will present it at next year's Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) in Canada. It's somewhat technical but those who are more philosophically inclined may be interested in checking it out. I take a "Wittgensteinian" approach to analyzing the concept or use of 'intentional action.' The paper focuses on whether it is possible to give a prescriptive account of ethics. In plain English, this is an attempt to answer the… Continue
Added by Beto on December 11, 2008 at 12:30am —
The following is rough articulation of a position I wrote a while back. I"m currently thinking of how to bring it "up to date" with my current reflections, which take a much more subtle understanding of religious belief. Comments are welcome!
Many philosophers, particularly Christian philosophers, are fond of giving rather weak arguments for the existence of God based on a presumption of moral facts. A moral fact is the claim that there is a way things ought to be. In… Continue
Added by Beto on December 10, 2008 at 11:30pm —
leaves, green and vibrant,
the morning dew drips off
serving the thirst of wild geraniums below.
and the leaves begin to wither and die,
to admire the beautiful colors.
Winter, the trees are barren,
the leaves have all fallen off,
and have been mulched
to fertilize the now frozen grass for next year.
the grass is green and healthy again,
and on… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on December 10, 2008 at 11:18pm —
I've justified, to myself, allowing people to make stupid purchases. I analyzed what my problems with people buying useless pieces of paper and here's what I have come up with. If I were to ask myself the question, “Should it be illegal for people to spend money on useless pieces of paper even if it doesn't hurt me and makes the people feel good? It is their money, should they be free to spend it on whatever junk they'd like?” I have to concede that even if I STRONGLY… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on December 10, 2008 at 8:58pm —
I see the Jehova's Witnesses are getting a bit more timid in their sales strategies. I was rudely disrupted one Saturday morning to a Telemarketing Style Conversion Call to save my non-existent soul not too long ago. By the end of the half-hour conversation I had turned her from a word-for-word bible believer into accepting that evolution is a more likely explanation than the two conflicting creation stories in Genesis, and that primitive nomads likely aren't the best people to get plausible… Continue
Added by c on December 10, 2008 at 4:20pm —
For some reason we are having our office Christmas party mid-January. It would be nice if they called it a New Years party. I wish all Christmas parties would become New Years Parties instead. I am not alone in this I am sure.
Supposedly attending a company sponsored Christmas party is up to the employee. But, is it really? No! Peer pressure forces one and all to celebrate Christmas whether they like it or not. It's not good for your career if you don't play along.
I have… Continue
Added by Lori Gilliland on December 10, 2008 at 12:00pm —
The death-like frigid air
sharpens its blades upon your sputtering lungs
having burrowed its way through twin nasal cavities
it crystallizes your breaths from the inside out.
Suffocating your zephyr with its own,
upon exhale, your life visibly evaporates before you.
And so it was with us that in defense of this nipping assault
with hands split and fractured like dried up ravines
we struggled to even adjust our wooly scarves over each others chapped… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on December 10, 2008 at 10:33am —
I do not think like other people. Of this, there can be no doubt. Sometimes, others think along the same lines as I. Many times, I am in agreement with what others think. Yesterday, I was confronted by an issue that, so far, no one else I have talked with agrees with me. Therefore, I submit, I could be wrong. Not a rare occurrence, but one that I would like to correct if indeed I am wrong.
It all started with the Skeptoid episode on buying space property. As I listened to the… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on December 10, 2008 at 9:14am —
Added by Lone Wolf on December 9, 2008 at 11:22pm —