I had an unusual interview two weeks ago.
I sleep through most media interviews now, since the questions tend to be the same, and in about the same order: Tell me a little about your book, Why do nonreligious parents need their own separate resource, How do you deal with moral development, How can you help kids deal with death without an afterlife, Isn't it important to believe in something greater than ourselves,
Before I know it, I'm being thanked for a… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on September 25, 2008 at 12:17pm —
More reasons to get rid of religion.
In Morocco a Salafi preacher name Mohamed Al-Maghrawi issued a "Fatwa" that permits girls 9-years-old to marry.
Interisting, why is the "Fatwa" or the author of the "Fatwa" saying that they 'permits' these babies to marry. You can't permit a baby to marry. A 9-year-old have no idea of what marriage is and mean. How do you let these babies know that you gave them the permission to marry? Do you go to them saying here is the "Fatwa" we… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on September 25, 2008 at 9:57am —
A slow day yesterday for deep thinking, so I'll just have to dredge up an old favorite my wife is tired of hearing about.
Imagine a race of alien creatures from a far off planet. These creatures have a very different evolutionary past than humans. By chance, one of their cultural quirks is to give gifts to of unusual items to someone they would like to mate with. This space faring group routinely combs the stars and the planets around them looking for aesthetically pleasing… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on September 25, 2008 at 9:06am —
THE PROBLEM WITH PRAYER
One of the most common beliefs found throughout the various theistic faiths, is that of prayer being a useful tool to communicate with ones deity. Some theists such as Muslims will pray many times a day, while others pray only when some type of tragedy befalls upon them creating a need for "divine intervention." Regardless of how often people pray they all are equally deluded into believing that such actions produce some type of positive results. I can already… Continue
Added by Rodoso on September 25, 2008 at 3:58am —
Wednesday, 24 September, 2008 19:58
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
the days... blank pages;
to be writ boldly or not...
but they must be writ.
It has been a day, certainly. It didn't begin until about 12:30.
Crummy sleep, as usual, but besides the cough, the back problems make it even harder to sleep comfortably.
I've got a lot to… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on September 24, 2008 at 8:21pm —
At the corner of 3406 and Inner Loop here in Georgetown, there is a four-way traffic light. I pass it twice everyday. I head west going to work in the morning, and east to go home. Last night, I had an epiphany. The light was set about a month ago to allow traffic in only one direction at a time. When one direction is green, the other three are red. The eastbound light has a sensor under a white stripe in the road practically in the intersection. Cars stop well before the stripe on the… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on September 24, 2008 at 9:09am —
Creationism is a religious belief and should be kept out of our schools, I say. Stupid Scientist:
According to a top British scientist, Professor Michael Reiss, director of Education for the Royal Society said that
'Children should be taught about Creationism in school biology lessons'
Why does the Professor think teaching a Biblical belief in school to your children is a good idea, because, he said
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on September 24, 2008 at 8:41am —
Religion is arguable the institution among us that that is responsible for the most bloodshed on our planet. With the creation of religion, man, in my view, have become more enemies to towards each other than ever. Religion have make us more ignorant and stupid. Religion turn us into pointless killers. Killing in the name of some God we can not see, will never see and who don't exist.
Yet we have people who kept trying to give us more of this bullshit thing call Religion.
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on September 24, 2008 at 8:36am —
Tuesday, 23 September, 2008 21:11
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
shit happens often;
if we are ready or not....
we are not boy scouts.
Eh, where to start with the bad news...
I'll just lay it all out in chrono order.
Kim lost her house. Not sure of the details. That's two out of the three houses for her kids that Karen financed with our money.
I felt a little creaky getting out of bed today, and then when I went to take a shower I… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on September 23, 2008 at 10:00pm —
After the debacle Saturday, I began to wonder. Why do ignorant people seem to do better in life than intelligent people? I read that people that take larger risks, on average, reap larger rewards. The article was referring to the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” The author was noting that contestants rarely went for the million dollars and therefore very few ever received it. If the real world is this way, then the most successful people should be the ones that take the most risks. I… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on September 23, 2008 at 9:00am —
If you've read this book, I'd sure love to have any of you visit my blog to read the latest guest post by Neil Shenvi. Neil received his PhD from Berkeley and is now at Yale University doing research & teaching Theoretical Physical Chemistry.
Neil's review is the front page topic on www.createcognitivedissonance.wordpress.com - check it out!! It would be great to have a few atheist/agnostic responses.
Added by Ben Barnett on September 23, 2008 at 12:16am —
Monday, 22 September, 2008 22:49
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
Monday Monday hah!
Means nothing to me anymore!
Neither does Friday....
First, my response to a blogger who thinks that Obama is a non-patriotic Muslim:
People who look at all sides of the questions... question their sources. It appears that you haven't done that. And I find that it's strange for anyone who has a memory before 8/11 can look at America today and say, "Ooooo! It's so much better… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on September 22, 2008 at 11:29pm —
On Monday, September 8, 2008, a Ford mini-van was towed into the dealership where I work and I was delighted. It was the first vehicle I have seen in two years that advertised it was water powered.
I have some familiarity with "water powered" cars since I initially choose that to be my seventh grade science project. I submitted building a car that runs on water. Coach Jones said no.
I settled with using a 5 quart ice cream bucket filled with water and two metal plates… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on September 22, 2008 at 9:40pm —
How many of us have heard our friends and relatives say those few words: Don't push your beliefs on me? I can not count the times I have heard from people that their biggest complaint about religion, any religion, is when the practitioners push their beliefs. This can manifest in a look, a snide comment, or the phrase, "holier than thou" being tossed around.
Sometimes, the person who is feeling pressured is the same religion as the person doing the pressuring. A believer may chastise… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on September 22, 2008 at 9:38pm —
I've got to write it. It's been a full day since Saturday when I made a mistake. This isn't to imply that it's the only mistake I've made since then, this account is just the mistake at the forefront of my weekend.
I will let you guys know upfront that this isn't a complete record. The conversation lasted hours on and off. I'll just hit the highlights and give my thoughts.
It all began innocently enough Friday night. I also belong to another networking website called… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on September 22, 2008 at 9:32pm —
Added by Mike Grattan on September 22, 2008 at 12:11am —
Sunday, 21 September, 2008 21:51
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
burning leaves, pumpkins and all...
and those hay-rack-rides.
First day of fall... and I've spent it inside, mostly.
And it was yet again a beautiful day.
I didn't get to sleep until 05:00 or so this morning, and I got up at 12:30 or maybe it was 13:30....
Still feel crappy, still got a fever and a fucking cough.
Tomorrow I'll get an… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on September 21, 2008 at 10:10pm —
Why do atheists have a problem accepting the bible as the word of God? I think one example is the story of Noah and the flood
. Now I am not a big reader of the bible. I know for some atheists reading the bible was the catalyst that drove them to nonbelief. I am not as familiar with the bible as most so if I misunderstand the story of Noah feel free to correct me.
To summarize, for those even less familiar then me, God looks upon the… Continue
Added by Dennis on September 21, 2008 at 6:56pm —
It would appear that the world of blogging has added yet another newbie to its ranks - yours truly.
I've never written a single blog post in my life, and, as I'm writing this, I'm not altogether certain there will ever be a second. Quite frankly, I doubt I am up to the task, but there is not much harm in trying, so here goes.
I grew up in a rather religious part of an otherwise secular country. Still, I didn't realise that other people actually believed in a deity before I… Continue
Added by Mari on September 21, 2008 at 6:00pm —
One member of our family has had a life long dream; to re-visit the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii in Italy.
This is one of two towns covered by volcanic ash and molten lava which was produced from the 79AD eruption of the Volcanic Mt. Vesuvius.
Having visited the Ruins of Pompeii in its early stages of Archological digs during his Navy Days of the early "60's" he has always had a burning desire to return.
Finances however do not permit him to make the… Continue
Added by Doug Harrington on September 21, 2008 at 3:35pm —