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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 portrait is Charles Darwin, age 31, in 1840

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Quantum Entanglement.

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Two Thirds of all Adult Cancer Caused by Bad Luck

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Comment by Marc Draco on July 20, 2010 at 6:27pm
Oh my - the stupidity of the GOPs never ceases to amaze me.

What I find truly nauseating is that they can't see the numerous flaws in their own arguments.
Comment by Lindsay Reed Walton on July 16, 2010 at 12:13pm
Hey @Orange. Get me out of this fundy country ;) Any openings in NZ for experienced financial writers?
Comment by Scott Bidstrup on July 10, 2010 at 7:32pm
In Costa Rica, where I live, it is almost unheard of to come out as an atheist unless you are a college student or recognized intellectual. I live in a tiny village and everyone knows I'm OK, but I didn't come out as an atheist until they got to know me as a decent, caring person interested in helping out with the community. Interestingly, since coming out as an atheist, I have been having regular visits by the Jehovah's Witness, never contacting me, but leaving tracts on my front gate.

But there is much more acceptance of atheists here in recent years. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that the Catholic church has done a good job of discrediting itself, and people are increasingly open to alternatives, including atheism.
Comment by Marc Draco on July 10, 2010 at 7:17pm
I'd be there, Orange but at nearly 50, I'm probably too old now. :-(
Comment by Sally Lahde on July 10, 2010 at 5:30pm
Has anyone seen the show, The Atheist Experience on You tube? Matt Dilahunty is the host of the show. He is awesome!!!
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 10, 2010 at 4:18pm
Monon, if you are in the U.S. you pay a price for revealing you are an atheist. Accused of not having a moral ethic, of not being concerned about others, being an instrument of evil, and lots of other nonsense, you either creep into a dark closet and feel dead because of lack of honest conversation or you put your feet firmly on the ground, stand tall and proud, and state your opinion, knowing you will need a tough skin.

Personally, I feel strong and able to rebut any prejudices confronting me. I do a lot of reading and visiting with others on atheist social networks so am well prepared to meet most challenges. When confronted with a "God bless you" when I sneeze, I state that I do not believe such a thing as a god exists, and I appreciate the blessing. Sometimes that starts a conversation, other times I lose an acquaintance that I thought was a friend. If some one gives me "god talk" I make sure that I state my position, calmly, reasonably, and confidently.

A relative of mine cannot stay away from the subject of religion when I am present. It seems he goes to his friends and finds a new topic which he thinks will convince me to convert. Knowing this about him, I am prepared to come back with a reasoned response. The good thing about these encounters, I feel confident and prepared for anything he brings up. So far, so good.
Comment by Marc Draco on July 10, 2010 at 11:19am
Depends on where they live, Monon. In the UK it's fine - even though it's not really recognised as such because of our connections to the church. Things are slowly changing though.

In the US things are more frightening. Right-wing conservatives can make people's lives very unpleasant if they are "outed" as non-believers. It's a cultural thing: borne out of centuries of absolute, unqualified belief. It's not going to go away in a few decades.
Comment by david hartley on July 8, 2010 at 7:01am
Interesting things coming up from the exploration of the deep Atlantic including 10 possible new species. Including new varieties of the Entropnuest Acorn Worm considered a Transitional form between Inverterbrates and Verterbrates ie; no obvious brain or senses but the beginnings of a backbone. The results should be interesting once more of the finds have been classified and the results published. They were working at 12,000 feet and have tentatively identified 10 new species. No direct link but it's on MSNBC science and tech page.
Comment by Jason Spicer on July 4, 2010 at 4:35am
The IDiots fail to grasp that designed things are invariably simpler, more streamlined, and more efficient than living things. Extreme complexity is a sign of trial and error, not design. It's truly amazing how backwards they have it. And since they lie about everything else, I'm confident that the Discovery Institute is lying about the Coppedge lawsuit.
Comment by Daniel on July 3, 2010 at 9:38pm
I tried to watch Ben Stein's "Expelled" to try to give some intellectual time to see any points the other side of the argument may have had. After being noticeably agitated by nonsense, I had to turn it off around the 30m mark.
 

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