A few days ago, I had a discussion with a friend who enjoys having informal debates with theists. This is not usually my thing. I find the discussions to be pedestrian on account of theists typically not understanding basic concepts of logic. Their arguments tend to get get muddled and if I can get them to understand that much, it might well be deemed a miracle by the Catholic Church and I could finally become Saint Patrick #2.
I find that inevitably the theist will fall back…Continue
I found this a very amusing debate.
Quite humorous comments from both sides.
But, the well was already poisoned by Michael Shermer before Lennox started his preconceived spiel.
Lennox made every mistake Shermer already gave an answer to in his first argument.
Lennox continually used the following fallacies:
"It is not possible to:" (An argument from ignorance, is following and a Dunning-Kruger effect ( "I Know") bit of nonsense is…Continue
I recently had the pleasure of listening to the translation of the original, French-language book in the Planet of the Apes series in audio-book format. I’ve always considered PotA folklore to be among the most underrated, most enjoyable in all of science fiction, but it also raises many interesting cultural and philosophical questions.
Planet of the Apes was pop culture’s response to the tensions generated by…Continue
I particularly like this review of the Movie:
"I’ve never been more insulted watching a film before. The universe created by Rich and David Christiano contains Christian characters who are so vapid and unaware, so unintelligent and clueless that they could have been created by atheists trying to spoof the intelligence of Christians. Likewise, the atheists in the film are so clueless as to their own ability to properly explain…Continue
I remember reading a novel about a woman who traveled through space and time only to learn at the end of the book that she was a mental patient. I remember thinking, well that sucks, she was a really interesting person.
The stories that my peers tell me at work have touches of humor, even though I'm not really an Al-Qaeda operative the way they think I am. I often respond with a story out of right center field. When they ask…Continue
Christianity insists on dependence on its god and its savior. Indeed, it demands submission to that supreme being, saying “thy will be done.” Islam is not only no different, the very word means “submission.” Both expect the believer to trust in Yahweh or Allah to provide for them and nurture them and bring meaning to their lives. The price for that nurturance, though, is utter obedience without question. One of the immediate consequences of such an attitude is vulnerability to…Continue
Some may think I'm stating that religion is junk food for the mind.
Well, not quite right.
I'm drawing from comments made by psychologists and neurologists whose work I've been studying.
Essentially it is the confirmation of a quote from Arthur C. Clarke:
"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion."
Which, when the junk food phenomenon of…Continue
What Does Science Say?
In a famous letter to an American mother, world renowned psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, wrote in 1935: "Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is…Continue
In the Closet
"In the closet" means keeping one’s homosexual orientation hidden, often acting as a heterosexual to avoid discovery. At one time in…Continue
I'm in discussions with Theists who are in constant denial of Science that goes anywhere near not supporting their Faith.
They claim to understand science and the findings of scientists, accept health warnings and findings in Cosmology and Geology, but only up to where the sciences don't interfere with their faith.
Once there is conflict with faith, they completely deny and deride scientific findings.
Now we know that Genesis and the…Continue
Without a doubt, some animals have an awareness of life and death. One obvious example is the elephant. Even dogs and monkeys are known to grieve. There is something in the brain that registers those realities and humans are the only ones with verbal language to express their feelings of loss and grief. However, there are other languages, i.e. holding and carrying a dead baby, laying on a grave, touching the dead body. It is only recently that humans came to…Continue
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God of the gaps means whenever you cannot explain some thing then "god did it." I know of no other thinking process, except superstition, to define it.
Science is all we have. All of life, indeed, all of the universe is so complex we can’t possibly know all the answers. We can observe and describe and think and still we don't have all the answers; we may never know them. It is to rationalize to say “god did it”! How do you…Continue
I am requesting to all members please watch this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpLc8MX70_k .It is a documentry based on anti witch craft movement in india. It is available in youtube also. name- 101 a curse in the family.…Continue
Borogora village in District Purulia of West Bengal. Last week, a 9 year old girl Sumitra Hansda was mentally tortured after being accused as witch by the villagers. Sabujmoni, mother of Sumitra left the village and took a safe shelter. She told us villagers are demanding 1 lakh rupee as a fine. She also told us,…Continue
The usual way of creating a myth is very straightforward: You simply take an entity as it has come to be defined in ordinary experience and grandly alter some of its basic attributes to remove its limitations.
In Christianity, for example, the god myth was created by…Continue
In the last years of the eighteenth century, Thomas Young began to think about the properties of light, and in 1801, he presented a paper to the Royal Society on what has come to be known as Young's Double-Slit Experiment.
What he discovered was that light from…Continue
A Brilliant speech by Naomi Oreskes on ted.com, which I found answers one of the most common questions "why should I believe in what science say?"
although its impossible to understand every scientific discoveries, even scientists find it hard to understand discoveries made in other fields of science, you can't explain every discovery make in physics to a biologist.
you have to remember that the laws of nature and research are the fundamental of keeping a fair…Continue
I was just pondering the above question when you hear people accusing non believers of having science as their religion. A patently ridiculous notion but I think it would be amusing to list our gods (heroes) and how the list is constantly growing or being eliminated as we learn more.
And is there a single book or even one pure science example?
So many heroes that we could be accused of worshipping or should that be honouring?