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Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

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Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2013 at 12:00pm
The idea of living or dying by chance alone is hard to accept. If you look at the misfortune and fortune in human life, in the universe generally, there is no pattern that relates to people, any patterns are entirely related to physics. The universe has exactly the properties we'd expect if there were no plan, no design, no aim, just blind indifferent forces of nature.

The Homo sapiens brain insists on seeing order, meaning and pattern even where there is none. It's a very human characteristic to fool ourselves that we are in control. In today's world, it seems that we make more mistakes seeing patterns that aren't there rather than missing patterns that are there.

In fact, there's a great experiment; researchers put a rat in front of a red light and a green light. The red light and the green light flash without any pattern, at random. However, the green light flashes 75% of the time, and the red light flashes 25% of the time. The rat, if it guesses correctly which is going to flash, it gets a little sugar water. So when rats do this experiment, they see after a while that the green light is flashing more than the red light, and they just start guessing green, green, green, green, green every time. They get it right 75% of the time and are happy with that.

However, people think we know better. So when humans do the experiment, they won't do what the rat does. They've seen that it's 75% green and they'll guess a pattern. They'll go, green, green, red, green, green, green, red. They'll start spewing out these red and greens in some weird pattern that's tailored to be 75% green and 25% red, thinking that they can beat the system. When they do that, they end up about 60% of the time getting it right, instead of 75%. Rats out perform humans. That's because humans see patterns where there aren't any. That's just the way our minds work. That is called The Gambler's Fallacy.

Perhaps this is part of the explanation why religion evolved in the first place, it satisfies our desire to find meaning and order in the chaos.

In fact, there is no meaning, design, aim, purpose or plan, just blind indifferent forces of nature.

"In the face of what appears to be a blindly indifferent universe, Dawkins argues that we each have to forge our own sense of meaning."

~ Richard Dawkins, Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4uoi02B2hPwxZsIP3yPmBGKxwHZ...
Comment by booklover on April 5, 2013 at 7:18am

Good Friday morning everyone!  Ruth, I love the kitten sniffing the flowers!  Joan, you posted some wonderful quotes.  I loved the one about him dropping the pen to show gravity.  Cute pictures Steph. :)

It's supposed to be about 50-ish here today.  My dog is staying outside longer and longer. She is wanting it to be Spring too!  She's bored in the house!

Have a good day my Friends~ Melinda

Comment by Steph S. on April 5, 2013 at 7:07am
Love the cat photo Ruth!
Also Joan that chipmunk is so cute.
Well it's cold here this morning, and I feel like it's Fall weather instead of Spring. Low temperatures around mid 30's!! Sometimes even goes to freezing at night.
I hope everyone is doing well. It's Friday!
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 5, 2013 at 12:14am

So much good stuff today. Thanks everyone.

Joan, that "Internet Animals Can’t Believe Fossil Fools" made my day. Thanks for all of the pictures and posts. Was there a weird association between your desert flower and Steph’s yoga cat that followed it? Its bursting pistils reminded me of the jazz hands, and they were similarly bent. Maybe I have too much imagination.

Good point Patricia, with your Tracie Harris quote. “If I could stop a person from raping a child, I would.”

We got up to 54° degrees today. I hope your weather was as lovely.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 4, 2013 at 11:59pm

Love the chipmunk and the corn, Joan. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2013 at 11:21pm

Chipmunk with expanding cheeks. 

Comment by Steph S. on April 4, 2013 at 10:20pm

Love it Patricia and Booklover and thanks for the link Joan.

Comment by Steph S. on April 4, 2013 at 10:19pm

Love the posts Joan!

Comment by Steph S. on April 4, 2013 at 9:47pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2013 at 9:39pm

 

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