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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 Jon T on April 22, 2012 at 5:07am

@Greg & @ Neil or anyone

The meme idea i will research, it sounds promising. Yet, I am sensing that as a function of our socialization, we gather together and around central controlling ideas driven by our nature for the good of the group and to satisfy belonging, as opposed to reason. It is as though the religious have a natural drive or compulsion to answer first to the group requirements and rationale without question. I think even Academia has this kind of blind following as well, although the body of academic information supports a different out look and understanding of the world. What I am considering is the idea that knowledge gives us our soul or identity; irregardless of how we expound upon the base of knowledge or bring things to the logical conclusion to grow our understanding, I believe our conscience is part of our acting within the body of knowledge. In other words, we are a part of a human group conscience finding its way through space and time learning as we are kind of blown by this wind of revelation that utilizes our intellect and brain in a maturing and growing collective conscience. This is why our morality changes and is thought anew to the next generation, such that old teachings begin to fail rather than be regurgitated throughout time, like both our nature and our practice would have as religion reflects. I think that some of our subconscious functions to manifest this collective body of thought and thinking to carry knowledge growth into the future, and is the driving force behind recording and transmitting to add to the knowledge base in the evolution of our awareness. Any ideas where I could find thought on this?

Comment by Jon T on April 22, 2012 at 4:16am

Alice, i signed the petition.

Comment by Alice on April 21, 2012 at 9:06pm

Thanks... :)

Comment by Donna Darko on April 21, 2012 at 7:32pm

I signed it a few minutes ago myself from another source, but thank you for posting this, Alice.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on April 21, 2012 at 7:25pm

Done, Alice.

Terry

Comment by Alice on April 21, 2012 at 7:16pm

Please sign this petition to support a campaign towards justice against the Catholic Church: http://www.change.org/petitions/update-the-case-of-the-pope-by-geof...

Comment by Neil Thompson on April 17, 2012 at 12:21pm
@Jon & @Greg
That sounds like the idea of "memes" as coined by Richard Dawkins, when he drew a comparison with genes which cause physical attributes to be inherited with memes which are ideas which are selected for and are perpetuated or die out in a similar Darwinian way. Of course the term has become popularised and now refers to all sorts of trivia circulating the Internet but it has still retained something of its meaning. It is good to notice that thanks to the efforts of Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, Harris et al and us in our own ways the cause of reason is getting a higher profile and enabling people who may have been previously a bit unsure about it to own their atheism.
Comment by Sarah Walton on April 17, 2012 at 4:08am

Seems action was taken in regards to our little problem here of late. Good to know the mods listen!

Comment by Jon T on April 15, 2012 at 12:40am

Is it possible that knowledge has evolved as an independent body of thought, and is the reason that becomes the instruction of the hive mind in people? And is it possible that religion is a body of knowledge whose time of influence is passing? And is it possible that the vacuum of ignorance needs to be filled with modern information to satiate the hive mind to alleviate the current struggles of dogmas that persist in the absence of education? Is it possible that our current system of education that bars less affluent and the greater body of people along economic restraints, from an education, cheating those people of the mental evolution of their minds through understanding our current evolutionary position in time? Grammar not checked--Please forgive any additional brain strain.

Comment by Sarah Walton on April 14, 2012 at 10:41pm

Good to know. Here's hoping!

 

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