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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Atheists: In godlessness we trust (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Alan Perlman yesterday. 4 Replies

A Sunday morning in church is not in the cards for those who say they're "beyond belief" -- beyond belief in the God of Scripture, anyway. And for some, the abandonment of their faith wasn't easy. Our Cover Story now from Mo Rocca:Visit Jackson,…Continue

Tags: CBS, atheism, Sunday Morning, Openly Secular, CBS News

Worker's Compensation Disappearing Fast

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Thursday. 3 Replies

Employers who kill their employees on the job used to at least have to pay into Worker's Comp, which would pay some small compensation to families and for the funeral. Not anymore.…Continue

Tags: corporate depraved indifference, Workman's Compensation

Richard Dawkins - Intelligence Squared debate: "Atheism is the New Fundamentalism."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Thursday. 4 Replies

We've all heard the argument: "Atheism is just another religion," "Atheists are strident / angry / whatever," "Atheism is just another form of fundamentalism," and doubtless you are as sick of these vacuous assertions as I am.  Allow me, then, to…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Intelligence Squared, debate, fundamentalism, atheism

Violence in Defense of Christian Privilege - Ed Brayton - Reasonfest 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 11. 3 Replies

One of the first things I wrote as a member of Atheist Nexus was a blog entry I called Easy Rider Redux, wherein I mused about the possibility of the…Continue

Tags: Jessica Ahlquist, christians, Reasonfest, violence, Ed Brayton

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 4:03pm

This tragedy that is Boston after the bombs sends a clear message, no guessing, no believing unconfirmed reports, no angry statements about race, religion, or political belief, only to keep an even keel.

We know what we can control, how we react, and how we influence the outcome so that fear and scapegoating do not take over. My fear is some  will demand a despotic leader to take over our political system and turn us into a police state.

There are some things we cannot change, no matter how hard we try. We won't be prosecuting this event until and unless we have confirmed evidence. We can conduct a fair trial and make an intelligent decision about the remedy. We  can take action to rebuild a healthier society.

We don’t need more guns and police; we need more justice in this nation. When government, businesses, banks, and financial institutions can steal from us without penalty, when thugs and criminals receive monetary reward, and working people sink lower into a helpless, hopeless pit of poverty, we can become dysfunctional. (Remember the French Revolution)

All this chaos, whether man made or nature made, can begin the impulse to build community based on cooperation and give up the notion that humans have dominion. We are part of the web of life, not superior or inferior to any other part. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 2:55pm

Dead kids sure are a bummer but….

“Dead kids sure are a bummer but we’ve gone completely insane, so even if we shed a few tears, we really don’t care deep down inside where it counts.”

A Dad writes about guns and risks to kids. He includes photos of is family, he brings living images to his comments. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 2:12pm

American's Comfortably Numb on the Highway to Economic Collapse

When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown,
The dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

This graph takes the data up to 2013

Unemployment Rate - Official (U-3 & U-6) vs ShadowStats Alterna...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 1:39pm

Human Rights

Humans evolved from previously developed beings through natural selection. Early man saw patterns in nature and made associations with them. Lightning strikes meant some superhuman power was angry with them, or with something a neighbor did. Thus, dogma emerged. To appease god and persecute the wrongdoer they began to think they would be held responsible for the wrong act of any other person, it became necessary for someone to teach them. Thus the medicine man, shaman, priest, and now the theologian came into being. Laws of conduct included believing in this power. Everyone had to obey the laws, and everyone had to believe, thus the emergence of missionaries. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 4:35pm

"How is it possible to engage in democratic discourse in a culture where vast segments of the populace suffer from a pernicious ignorance resultant from an inability to envisage the world that exists outside of their consumerist bubble? In short, they are devoid of the ability to process the criteria of their own experience (degraded as it is under the dictates of the corporate state) because their field of reference has been so radically diminished. 


"Moreover, when we have been socialized to hide our essential self before unreasonable power…to suppress the verities of the heart, and instead to truckle before our exploiters, and to act as if we should be grateful for the privilege of having this clutch of vampiric elitist, day after day, bleed us dry. 

"Once, we begin to evince the aforementioned mode of being, one's heart begins to whither to dust…a connection to life becomes severed. Yet, there exist crucial angels, earthbound, shambling in sorrow, who will approach us. Because decay and seed are one, these angels inform us of their presence by inflicting a sickness of the soul. 

"In a desperate age, these angels approach us as a so-called depression (both economic and psychical)…a state of being intended to bring to a standstill the false accommodations that are the calling card of the false self. 

"Although undetectable to the intellect (except in dreams, visions, works of art and pathologies) your soul holds you in its thrall. The soul, as tenacious as life itself, delivers ruin and renewal. Look around you…note the decay of the capitalist state. This is the work of the soul. Where, it has been blocked, it will deliver a wasteland. 

"When engaged in discourse with belligerently ignorant teabagger types and self-impressed democratic partisans, remember this: Their convictions and attendant acts are ushering the present order to its demise. They are part of the soul's song i.e., the arias of rot that rise at empire's end."
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 2:33am
"Robin Hood In Reverse, Lady Thatcher, Died: She Smashed The Miners, Midwifed The Speculators.
During her administration, Baroness Thatcher redistributed wealth upward, from the workers to the tycoons. Her policies were particularly reactionary. On the one hand, she conducted a vitriolic attack against the miners and labour unions that once defined as “The Enemy Within.” On the other hand, she defended the freedom of the rich and speculators to make money out of thin air though policies of market deregulation and financialisation.

Of course, Lady Thatcher never bothered to ask herself whether she was acting as a Robbin Hood in reverse, fighting for the freedom of the deserving rich to accumulate wealth beyond the dream of avarice. For sure, she never apologised for helping the rich fighting against the poor. Her policies were effective. The Gini index, an indicator of income inequality going from 0 (minimum) to 1 (maximum) sharply increased thanks during the years in which she run the country. It now remains at a historical height and nobody knows when and whether it will be reduced in the future."
The Rise of Income Inequality During Thatcher Neoliberal Policies in Britain.
http://www.progressorcollapse.com/the-rise-of-income-inequality-dur...
Comment by Grinning Cat on April 12, 2013 at 8:44pm

This is not a Poe:

If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted. Vote pro-life! CongressmanSteveStockman.com("If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted."
A tweet promoting this bumper sticker from the reelection campaign of Steve Stockman, "the most conservative congressman in Texas!")

Despite this slogan's emotionally appealing fallacy, blastocysts or embryos are potential children, NOT the same as actual babies. This point bears repeating.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2013 at 12:34pm

We need to maintain political defense of Social Security. The president should have been "praising Social Security, rather than picturing Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and food stamps as the problem. If we did not have those four programs, the United States would have been thrown back into something very akin to the Great Depression." And the amount of human misery at this point, we would literally have people starving to death in America on a frequent basis."

The Grand Betrayal has Arrived

Four legs:  Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 11, 2013 at 11:16am

The Origins Project at Arizona State University (ASU) presents the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focusing on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science. The Storytelling of Science features a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday's Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. They demonstrate how to convey the excitement of science and the importance helping promote a public understanding of science.

The Great Debate: THE STORYTELLING OF SCIENCE (OFFICIAL) - (Part 1/2)

The Great Debate: THE STORYTELLING OF SCIENCE (OFFICIAL) - (Part 2/2)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2013 at 7:30pm

"The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous. Is it, perchance, cherished by persons who should know better? Then their folly should be brought out into the light of day, and exhibited there in all its hideousness until they flee from it, hiding their heads in shame.

“True enough, even a superstitious man has certain inalienable rights. He has a right to harbor and indulge his imbecilities as long as he pleases, provided only he does not try to inflict them upon other men by force. He has a right to argue for them as eloquently as he can, in season and out of season. He has a right to teach them to his children. But certainly he has no right to be protected against the free criticism of those who do not hold them. He has no right to demand that they be treated as sacred. He has no right to preach them without challenge. Did Darrow, in the course of his dreadful bombardment of Bryan, drop a few shells, incidentally, into measurably cleaner camps? Then let the garrisons of those camps look to their defenses. They are free to shoot back. But they can't disarm their enemy."

~  H.L. Mencken

 
 
 

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