ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

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ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN

We debate origins of the Universe, life, Earth, humans, religion, atheism, using common sense, evolution, cosmology, geology, archaeology, and other sciences, to repel biblical creationism and other religious beliefs.

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Comment by Joseph P on September 5, 2011 at 10:35pm

No, Alecks, the usage of the @ symbol is the same as in e-mail.  Same sound and basic meaning.

 

I @#$%^&* hate Twitter.

Comment by Alecks Gates on September 5, 2011 at 10:24pm

1. Can you believe people were able to respond to each other on the internet before Twitter?  Has to be one of the worst social evolutions of the internet.  It's as if people couldn't figure out what the colon key was for.  Plus, it's not the same as email.  Email is some username at some domain name on the internet.

2. GNOME (the popular GUI found as default on many Linux distributions), probably KDE as well, has had a built-in screenshot utility long before Windows 7 existed.  More Atheists should learn to utilize Free Software.  Don't even get me started on software patents.

3. I'm not really looking for more Atheists, I just want people to respect my beliefs and don't want anyone's beliefs affected by the government.  Humans are not logical beings, and morals are both subjective and completely imaginary.  In order for our government to act without morals (which would be hard in itself, I know I couldn't do it), we would need a true, physically obtainable goal.  I don't think we could come up with one everyone would agree on . . . even Vulcans have emotions.

Comment by Joseph P on September 5, 2011 at 10:15pm
Same as e-mail, yes.  Honestly, it's not as necessary in my posts, since I blather enough for people to figure out what I'm referring to.  For people who are briefer in their comments, though, it helps people keep track of what the comment is in response to, in a format like this which lacks response nesting.
Comment by AtheistTech on September 5, 2011 at 10:04pm

@Natalie

 

The little @ sign is called the at sign. So it translates into "at Natalie"

Comment by Susan Stanko on September 5, 2011 at 9:46pm
The @ comes from twitter.  That is how replies are structured.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on September 5, 2011 at 9:34pm
Fil (what's that little @ sign?) I might be in the minority, but *I* can make that distinction. For example, I don't believe in hunting, because a hunter CANNOT guarantee the animal a merciful death, but I'm not out to ban hunting on the basis of MY belief. I WILL tell people about my belief, but I also acknowledge that there are differences. Point taken?
Comment by Natalie A Sera on September 5, 2011 at 8:36pm
Trekjunky, as a former schoolteacher, I couldn't agree more that we need to educate our children in how to think. But just how to do that is another issue. Philosophy, in that it is a way to learn to think, is NOT taught in the public schools. And I think the public would be up in arms if it were, except possibly if it were restricted to standard Christian philosophers, which then gets too close to religion. Our teaching of history is already WAY too topheavy with European Christian history (didn't you know that the Greeks were the beginning of mankind?), and until recently Civics (or Government, or whatever you want to call it) was also very white, Christian oriented (and in places, still is -- the Christian country believers may well have been taught that in school). I guess what I'm trying to say is that education is in drastic need of reform. And as far as raising a generation of little atheists, ain't gonna happen. I was out of line for even mentioning that our BASIC laws, such as no murder, burglary, etc. came long before the Greeks and occur in most if not all cultures.
Comment by G Smith on September 5, 2011 at 8:08pm

To encourage teen atheists in their YouTube "coming out" efforts, I seek out their coming out videos, click Like, and play their video twice.  Both views will add to their Views tally, although the counter is usually not immediately incremented.  

I think that encouraging them will give them more self-confidence, and that they will speak more openly on the subject in school.  This will hopefully filter down through the grade levels.

An example of a teen atheist "coming out" video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrfFcKTHWKQ

Comment by AtheistTech on September 5, 2011 at 7:29pm
@Natalie We need to find a model for our public school system that will maximize the education of ALL people. That will not discriminate against the poor. We need to teach our children how to think for themselves so that they can steel themselves from bogus claims. Why wait till college. In reading many atheists' stories I noticed that they understood the fallacy of religion at an early age. Just think how many more atheists there will be if we teach our children early on?
Comment by AtheistTech on September 5, 2011 at 7:15pm

@Ezra David Rose

I agree with you. But it couldn't happen soon enough for me. Just think what theists are fighting against. 1) Education of the masses. 2) Fair chance at a good life. 3) True happiness unfeathered by guilt. 4) Self respect 5) Freedom 6) No more wars based on religion - isn't that most of the wars today - and if the masses are educated, would there be any other kinds of war?

 

If all this sounds unreachable, think again. The organized atheist can bring it about. Change public education and the political climate, and that will reach a new generation which the impossible may be possible.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/richard_dawkins_on_militant_athei...

 

 

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