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From Pharyngula - Sarah Palin: Ignorant and anti-science

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/10/sarah_palin_ignorant_and_antis.php



"Sarah Palin gave a policy speech today in which she claimed that she wanted more support for children with disabilities, more tools to test for disorders, and while also decrying the expense of scientific… Continue

Added by George on October 27, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

On the Evolutionary Origins of Religion

Is religion a parasitic meme or is it a cultural adaptation?



The divide on the question of the naturalistic origins of religion is between the adaptationists and the by-product theorists. The adaptationists are led by David Sloan Wilson and Jonathan Haidt, while Daniel Dennett is the major proponent of the religion-as-a-by-product hypothesis. In this post, I outline the issue briefly and mention some implications of these ideas.



The application of evolutionary theory to… Continue

Added by Ajita Kamal on October 26, 2008 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

God Needs Your Prayers And Fellowship For His Survival

Does God need your prayers? This is a question I placed recently to some Christian friends of mine. The answer I received was interesting, 'As Christians', they claimed 'we know that "God does not need our prayer but he needs us to pray to him"'. 'Why' I asked, '"Because it is one of his requirements"' they reply. So as God's creation you are required to pray to him according to Christianity.

Also, the Christian religion teach that the reason why God needs us to pray to him… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on October 26, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

When semantics takes its toll.

I should be entertaining myself with homework and assignments, but I've realised there's something bugging me far too much for me to let it go unnoticed any longer. I've been out of the whole online debating scene for a few months. I'm not sure whether I've grown tired of always fighting the same people or if I've become physically unable to tolerate their use of the same, old, stretched arguments over and over again. Whatever the reason, the mere idea of logging in on a public forum and engage… Continue

Added by Fabio on October 26, 2008 at 11:18am — 2 Comments

The Enlightened Observer

I also post to a blog at The Enlightened Observer

http://enlightened-observer.blogspot.com/

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 26, 2008 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Will the internet be the end of religion?

In the past, the only information people had access too was the story’s and ides of the people around them. Whit the advent of the printing press people now has access to information in the books they could get ahold of but there access to information was still limited and most would never leave there town or city. People had no information on where the world came from, where humanity came from why people got sick, what lightening was and why it strikes where it strikes. They had no… Continue

Added by Lone Wolf on October 25, 2008 at 11:05pm — 1 Comment

Marriage is religious and mysogynystic.

Religion is so influential that even atheists talk about marriage as though it was normal. I've added some more details to the main page of AtheistInsurgency.com and in the process began to think about why government has such a strong hand in marriage.



Marriage is a religious institution, is not congruent with nature, allows the government to apply privileges and penalties to married couples that unmarried individuals would not… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on October 25, 2008 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

Kenyan Pastor Who Protected Sarah Palin From Witches Lied About Banishing a Witch In The Kenyan Town Of Kiambu

More reason to get rid of religion:



Source - Telegraph.co.uk



This is not surprising to me. Lying and deceiving the public are religion's national past time. These are the tactics pastors and priests etc, relied upon for years and are still relining upon to pull millions of followers into their fold and, as a result, cashing on billions of dollars.



More… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on October 25, 2008 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Cannibal cult mother who skinned son and made him eat his own flesh gets 9 years in jail

More reason to get rid religion:



Source - Mail Online



Klara Mauerova, 31 - a member of a sinister religious cult '....tortured her son in a locked cellar while relatives skinned him and forced him to eat his own flesh....'.

According to the news report 'The two boys had told judges how their mother and relatives had stubbed cigarettes out on their bare skin, whipped them with belts, and tried to drown them. They were also sexually abused and… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on October 25, 2008 at 12:03pm — 2 Comments

In The UK; Many Young Muslims Support Suicide Bombing New Poll Reveals

More reasons to get rid of religion:



It is often argued by "moderate Muslims" that the Qur'aan and Islam do not teach nor promote hate and terrorism and those who do so are not real Muslim; They are just common criminalizes. However, that is not true. Allah and the Qur'aan promote killing other people whom they termed 'non-believers'. Allah himself gave these Muslims the license to kill dis-believers. According to the Qura'an translated by M.H.Shakir, in Sura 47:4, and I quote… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on October 25, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Knowledge

Let us examine knowledge and its functions as well as its capacities and dimensions. Knowledge requires a platform to operate, which called language. As a beginning, will it not be easy to explore what we speak and write? How do we acquire linguistic skills? Is not the word an abstract entity all by itself? Finally, are we using the word or used by it?

To think of thinking is the need of the day, but do we know what thinking is or do away by the process itself? Word is a window to its… Continue

Added by sekhar on October 25, 2008 at 1:48am — No Comments

Help The Infidel Guy

The economy had hit every one and some it hit like a ton of bricks. For Infidel Guy it hit like ton of bricks. Cause of the economy and his atheism he is having very hard time finding a job and cause of a raw deal with his landlord he can't keep his apartment. The future of th Infidel Guy show is uncertain so if you have some extra money and you like the show please donate (go to Infidel Guy.com an look for the "donate" button), every little but will… Continue

Added by Lone Wolf on October 24, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Surgery

"You doing all right?"



"I guess," I said. "I'm a little nervous."



The nurse smiled. "You'll be fine. We're a well-funded institution, and we're doing OK for technology."



Somehow, for some reason, I was not reassured.



The mask was fixed on my face and I felt the cool injection of anesthetics into my IV line. "Breathe deeply," the nurse said. "And relax."



I nodded.



Someone else came in the room, a woman.



"Hey," she said.… Continue

Added by warreno on October 24, 2008 at 11:34am — No Comments

ORIGINS OF RELIGION, MORALITY AND BELIEF—select quotations. PART 1

ORIGINS OF RELIGION, MORALITY AND BELIEF—select quotations. PART 1



“If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned or disfigured them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them, and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve its own interests.” Baron D'Holbach





Natural Morality:

If human morals and values do not arise… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 23, 2008 at 3:43pm — 5 Comments

Deleting a duplicate entry.

Deleting a duplicate entry. Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 23, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

ORIGINS OF RELIGION, MORALITY AND BELIEF—select quotations. PART 1

ORIGINS OF RELIGION, MORALITY AND BELIEF—select quotations. PART 1



“If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned or disfigured them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them, and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve its own interests.” Baron D'Holbach





Natural Morality:

If human morals and values do not arise… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 23, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Indie Music

My fave indie music label Serious Business just released their latest album by the band Secret Dakota Ring. You can watch the video for the decidedly nifty single "The Fade to Black", download an MP3 for free if you like the song or better yet buy the whole album and thus support independent music by clicking here:… Continue

Added by Rosa on October 23, 2008 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Society in a Squirt

I am a sucker for learning new things. That is, some new things. I sometimes willfully ignore learning how to do something so I don't have to do it in the future. Working in an automobile dealership provides ample instances of things I never want to do or learn to do. But this is about something new I learned. I was reading a discussion (http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/atheistexecutives/forum/topic/show?id=2182797%3ATopic%3A97530) a while ago and one of the posters used the abbreviation: viz.… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on October 23, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

On the subject of Glarbism





I was recently reminded of glarbs on Bronze Dog's blog. I find the Glarbism phenomenon fascinating.



Have you ever met a Glarbist? I haven't, but nonetheless, I still find Glarbism fascinating.



According to Glarbists, glarbs are flarschnikit. I kid you not.…



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Added by Dikkii on October 23, 2008 at 8:24am — 5 Comments

Homosexuality

I've got a good debate going on my blog, www.createcognitivedissonance.wordpress.com, regarding Homosexuality and Prop 8. I've had a New Church minister attempt to defend his position on homosexuality, and the comment lines have been full of a very lively back & forth. Check it out!

Ben Barnett

Added by Ben Barnett on October 22, 2008 at 11:41pm — No Comments

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