When T. H. Huxley coined the term 'agnostic' he based it on the Greek word gnosis (knowledge). He intended the term to mean a manner of examining knowledge, the practice of skepticism when determining whether or not to accept something presented as knowledge or 'truth' as valid… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on October 1, 2010 at 1:23pm —
Back in September of 2009 I posted a story on my frethink.com blog regarding the pending deportation of an individual to his home country, a country that still lives by social codes common to the 1st century. Had he been deported he faced execution for apostasy. Laws against apostasy (renouncing the state religion) and heresy (speaking out against the state religion) are still common in middle-Eastern countries. I wanted to highlight this story because the injustice embodied in his story needed… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on January 15, 2010 at 10:02pm —
While I respect the right of any person to believe as they wish, I also believe that the right to speak our minds freely and without fear of reprisal, intimidation or sanction is a hallmark of Western democracy. We should not surrender our rights in order to provide uncertain security in the face of violent opposition to contrary opinions. Ben Franklin wrote, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.
There is… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on October 28, 2009 at 10:08pm —
Cleo just got her own Twitter account. Feel free to add her as a friend. http://twitter.com/Cleo_Carlson
You can see more of her gorgeousness in this Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeber/sets/72157606927099691/
Added by Jack Carlson on March 1, 2009 at 9:43am —
I don't know if this is true or not, but it is reported here
"Christopher Hitchens is currently in Beirut sponsored by the same group that owns that crap NOW Lebanon. He got in a few nights ago and surprisingly went out drinking. On his way out of the bar he saw an SSNP poster and wrote on it "Fuck the SSNP". There just happened to be some SSNP thugs near by--most likely asking people for their ID,… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on February 18, 2009 at 9:00pm —
There are certain words that should be avoided by atheists, rationalists and free thinkers in their writings and conversations. They can, however, be frequently found in the writings of theists, the irrational and those who prefer not to think. (Yes, the headline was meant to be ironic and sarcastic.)
This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list. I’m simply suggesting the most common words I encounter in religious and philosophical discussions. They reflect a certainty about reality… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on October 18, 2008 at 6:26pm —
I was asked a few good questions recently and thought those questions with my replies might make an enlightening post for HQ. The questions have been posted without editing or correction.
Preamble: I wanted first off to say that I do respect your positions. I think you are one of the most open-minded people I’ve met (on the internet or other wise).
I want to ask you a few personal questions and if you do not want to answer I… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on July 19, 2008 at 7:30pm —
All three acts are now available for viewing and/or download (iTunes only, unfortunately ). Be sure and watch it before Sunday (07/20/08) as that's when it's rumored to disappear.
Added by Jack Carlson on July 19, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Thanks to those who have shared their identities in these services I've been able to add several more of you as friends. Thanks for the connections.
Added by Jack Carlson on July 19, 2008 at 11:42am —
The appearance of little green dots on many, not all, of the images in the sidebar popup chat
They aren't on friends of mine. Are these people being marked for some sinister plan? Have they been chosen, anointed? Does the dot mean, "this person has money"? Nope, can't be. I notice my own pic has a green dot on it.
Feel free to add your own favorite delusional and/or paranoid fantasy here as a comment. Or you can be a total downer… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on July 18, 2008 at 12:00am —
Show off your faith and listen to MP3 files with this 2 GB USB “Cross Style” MP3 player.
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this stylish Cross Style MP3 player. It features 2 GB of memory and a USB interface for quick and easy data transfers, plus it looks cool too!
Added by Jack Carlson on July 15, 2008 at 11:48am —
One of the advantages church-going theists have over non-believers is community. They know that in their church they are accepted, supported and cared about. Non-believers have no such support system. We make our own friends, perhaps relying on our other interests (i.e. hobbies) to provide us with a sense of community.
Perhaps that's why I'm such an advocate of forums and atheist websites. I joined my first forum (Lockergnome) in 2001, and since that moment have tried to establish a… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on July 13, 2008 at 10:31pm —
The motto at HeathenQueer
Added by Jack Carlson on July 7, 2008 at 11:30pm —