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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The Bible is not Great by Soren Sagan

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 8 hours ago. 16 Replies

Ebola Spreads to U.S.

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Organic Material Found on Mars

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Patricia on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Pope Says Animals go to Heaven

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Lemual Poot on Wednesday. 24 Replies

Alzheimer's Reversed in Mice

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Loren Miller on Monday. 2 Replies

Pope Says Animals go to Heaven

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42,000 Year Old Flute

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Jay Stride Dec 10. 2 Replies

540,000 Year Old Artwork

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Dr. Terence Meaden Dec 9. 15 Replies

Hawking Likes Film on His Life

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Very Ancient Sharks Teeth Found

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Joseph P Nov 29. 3 Replies

Ancient Footprints

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Nov 22. 2 Replies

empathizing–systemizing

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2012 at 1:28pm

Jimmy McCann, Yes, to everything you wrote. Powerfully, honestly, beautifully. 
For me, it was realizing I had put my trust into something that was not trustworthy; that I have all that I need to explore and experiment and test all those things of which you write without guilt or shame. 
My moral compass has not failed me and I am so grateful to know I am made up of the elements of the universe, that the universe is part of me and I am part of it. 

Comment by Sondra Brooks on November 6, 2012 at 8:26am

Jimmy:  Leaving my religion was the scariest thing I've ever done.  I may as well have been throwing myself off a cliff.  I went through about a six month depression, then into the present stage where I want to grab everyone by the shoulders and tell them I finally know the truth.  Yes, the truth does make you free.  And I've freed up a lot of brain-space.  Xians always "knew best" what I was supposed to do with my time and my thoughts.   

You expressed it very well.

Comment by Jimmy McCann on November 6, 2012 at 7:37am

What happens when you leave a religion?  Extreme relief that you are not living a lie, Freedom of thought, freedom to live your life according to your own morals rather than primitive repressive diktats from the morally vacuous clergy, Freedom from bigoted sycophantic judgmental zealots, Freedom from ignorance, Freedom to explore and wonder at the nature and beauty of our universe free from the need to invoke Gods or blame demons. To be free from primitive superstitions and rituals, Freedom to wear what you want or to read what you want.  To eat what you want, when you want and how you want, without fear of being ostracized and condemned by the religiously brainwashed.  To have hope for the future, free from prostration to ignorance, free from the disciples of doom and most of all freedom from guilt trips.  Did I mention FREEDOM? The freedom you get from secular democracy. 

Comment by Joseph P on October 30, 2012 at 12:23pm

I've got a Snorg TShirts ad.  :-p

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Comment by Lillie on October 30, 2012 at 12:20pm

Nice to see a science ad at the top of the page for a change.

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Comment by Bio Bill on October 25, 2012 at 7:17pm

Does anyone know the current status of Tiktaalik (fishapod)? When it was first described, it was thought to be a transitional fossil sharing traits of both fish and tetrapods .  In a subsequent article it was no longer considered a transitional form. If anyone can give me any info I would appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2012 at 3:30pm

Too bad the Cowardly Agnostic posts disappeared.  I thought there were some very interesting comments.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2012 at 10:42pm

Joseph P, I was not aware of the process of deleting remarks and the consequences. Thanks for the information. 

Comment by Joseph P on October 21, 2012 at 9:36pm

Perhaps he dropped the last name from his profile or changed it entirely.  Lots of people do that.  Crap-loads of Daniels around here.

It was a discussion thread called, "Is Agnosticism cowardly or a cop-out?"  And, now it's gone.

I hate when people do that.  Yeah, he started the discussion thread, but the 30 or 40 comments that others added got nuked along with it.

It's like a discussion I was having with Michael Pianko, over in Atheist Singles.  It was a very productive conversation that others might have benefited from, and then he wiped all 20 or 30 posts he had made to the discussion thread, making my responses fairly meaningless.

 

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