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Doctors' oaths, and who must doctors serve?

This topic came up on the LGBT forum, and I thought it was of more general interest.  It also came up on Hemant Mehta's Friendly Atheist fo…

Started by Daniel W

1 Feb 21
Reply by Dyslexic's DOG

As An Atheist Can Your Life Have Purpose and Meaning?

I was wondering what other people thought about this. I realize we weren't born with a purpose. No creator or "higher calling". But as a…

Started by Steph S.

807 Feb 17
Reply by Glen Rosenberg

Reading Anselm's Proslogion

Anselm’s argument seems to simply be “god exists because I say so.”  He engages in a lot of the definition of terms that Plato was fond of,…

Started by Jacob Dreiling

1 Feb 12
Reply by Dr. Allan H. Clark

My gravesite inscription

“I was not. I have been, I am not. I am so grateful to have participated in life!” A beloved cousin died yesterday and we, at a Johnson/Smi…

Started by Joan Denoo

95 Jan 28
Reply by Freethinker31

'Meaning' As An Emergent Property

The responses to the question “As An Atheist, Can Your Life Have Purpose and Meaning?”, are quite varied.   Some say that the only ‘purpos…

Started by JP Carey

1 Jan 25
Reply by Hiram

"Everything Happens for a Reason" -- Bah! Humbug!

A Facebook posting showing a bright lining to a silver cloud -- roses, smiling lips, and the words, "Everything happens for a reason" print…

Started by James M. Martin

80 Jan 23
Reply by sk8eycat

Faith and Free Will or Blind Belief and Wishful Thinking?

There've been several posts on the site about free will, mostly asking if we "believe" in it or think it is an illusion. I've been divided…

Started by James M. Martin

15 Jan 12
Reply by Leon Gretsky

Neo-Epicurean Life Hacks

According to Wikipedia.org, "Life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficien…

Started by Mequacious

53 Nov 13, 2014
Reply by Deidre

Beheadings.

I stayed away from watching any of the ISIS videos.  A few years ago when Nicholas Berg was murdered I allowed myself to watch and the nigh…

Started by Daniel W

14 Nov 7, 2014
Reply by Luara

God: A Spiritual Lottery

In times of hardship, I am often told to pray. This made no sense to me, but I think I understand how to explain it. The "miracles" that p…

Started by Alexander Baldwin-McCurdy

5 Oct 28, 2014
Reply by Alexander Baldwin-McCurdy

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