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Chomsky and the end-times

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 6. 12 Replies

I have a longer familiarity than most people with Chomsky, since I too was trained in linguistics. I haven't always agreed with him, but this assessment seems right on.  …Continue

Tags: nuclear, war, change, climate, end-times

Snake-worship and death: what to make of it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Feb 25. 2 Replies

Another snake worshiper dies of snake-bite.  Hew refuses medical treatment.  It's against his religion.See …Continue

Tags: religious, freedom, psychiatry, atheist, worship

Basic Torah facts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Jul 6, 2012. 21 Replies

Unlike 99% of all non-clerical Jews, I read the Torah (first 5 books of the Bibole, sacred to Jews) in its most authoritative translation. The first thing to note, once you get past the notions that…Continue

Tags: Exodus, Bible, Torah

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Alan Perlman commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"The Torah is part of the Old Testament.  It's the oldest part of the Bible -- the first 5 books -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  Often referred to as the "Pentateuch."  These, plus the next 19…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"In the case of the Jews, NOTHING in their holy Torah happened, yet the Orthodox (and others as well) live their lives as if it did.  And then countless hours are wasted (well, not to them) in spinning midrashim, stories that interpret the…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"Pat/Luara...Hear, hear!  The Jews do have an interesting history, but the Torah (i.e., Bible's first 5 books) is not it."
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Alan Perlman commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"Freethinker (this may have appeared elsewhere)...thanks for kind words. Evolution of my religious views has been a long process."
Aug 17
Alan Perlman commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"Thanks to all for comments. Freethinker...The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Jewish culture, Yiddish, Jewish history and humor, etc., ....all relate to me in the most indirect ways, merely by accident of birth.  They're…"
Aug 17
Alan Perlman commented on Freethinker31's blog post Respect for other peoples culture
"Oy, vey, it's as if the imperative to respect other people's cultures unconditionally cannot be opposed, ever, in any way.  Instead, I would prefer to proceed from the standpoint of the individual, as any secular humanist would.…"
Aug 17
Alan Perlman commented on Matthew F.'s group Jewish Atheists
"PS. Why give the Jews a homeland in the most violent part of the world, just because the Bible says so?  Why not give them a chunk of Bavaria?  "
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Alan Perlman commented on Matthew F.'s group Jewish Atheists
"Freethinker, There's a Philip Roth alt-history novel, The Plot against America, in which the country becomes much more anti-Semitic (under a Lindbergh Presidency!).  But I don't worry  about American Jews - they're…"
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"Freethinker, I have thought about Israel my whole life.  A map of it was on the wall of our Hebrew school classroom.   I loved it at first because in the beginning it was about tough, secular Jews kicking ass, not praying like the…"
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"Over and over I have been asked, "How can you be Jewish and be an atheist?"  People who ask this have not thought it through (and have probably had no occasion or motivation to do so).  Judaism is one or more of the…"
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Alan Perlman replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion The overwhelming fact that can't be mentioned in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Not only are too few people alarmed...but the media and government are cheerleading the INCREASED extraction and consumption of fossil fuels.  Isn't it wonderful that new technologies will enable the US to become the "Saudi Arabia of…"
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The Battle for Zachary's Brain, IX; "Can I show that to Daddy?"

There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.– Arthur SchopenhauerFollowers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a Gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.His step-mother, belonging to a vanilla-Jesus sect, got Dad…See More
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The Battle for Zachary's Brain, IX; "Can I show that to Daddy?"

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a Gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.

His step-mother,…

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Jesus will never disappoint you” – Church sign boldly states religion’s Big Lie

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 8:43pm 13 Comments

“All religions are the same.  Religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.”

Cathy Ladman

"Praying is like a rocking chair.  It’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”

Gypsy Rose Lee

 

Church signs are a never-ending source of wonder and speculation for us humanists: assuming that there is nowadays an endless source of them (the Internet assures an endless supply of…

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Oy, vey! GM shoots itself in the other foot

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 4:16pm 0 Comments

“The more you want people to have creative ideas and solve problems, the less you can afford to manage them with terror.”

 

Daniel Greenberg

Chairman, Electro Rent Corp.

Newsweek, 4/25/88

 

“American management, in the two decades after world War II, was universally admired for its strikingly effective performance.  But times change.  An approach shaped and refined during stable decades may be ill suited…

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Happy 4/20!

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

Thousands of years ago — in times we are fond of calling ‘primitive’ (since this renders us ‘modern’ without having to exert ourselves further to earn this qualification) — religion and medicine were united in an undifferentiated enterprise; and both were closely allied with government and politics — all being concerned with maintaining the integrity of the community and of the individuals who were its members. How did ancient societies and their priest-physicians protect people from…

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At 6:30am on July 14, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks for you comment. "Disrespect" is a pretty strong word, and, although I'd like to think I respect other opinions (religion, in this case), deep down I think "believers" are foolish and illogical.

At 9:18pm on December 10, 2012, Wyatt said…
Thanks Alan, I agree that the education system could do with a major overhaul. Speaking of education, if you haven't seen it already, check this out: "Texas is the large hadron collider of denying science - All God, no particle"
Stephen Colbert with the Word:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/416535/july-17-2012/the-word---on-the-straight---narrow-minded
At 8:04pm on June 22, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Well, you and I both know there are plenty of BOOBS out there ... enough to form a class, for sure!

At 12:48pm on June 22, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Ummm, the "booboisie"?!?  That be a NEW one on me.  Care to elucidate?

At 7:38pm on May 30, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Alan! Glad you could join us. :D Did you hide your groups? Perhaps I'll suggest groups to which you already belong. It's great to see the way you jumped right in with a blog.

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Jewish Atheists

and LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS. After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 5:05pm on May 30, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 3:01pm on May 30, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Alan
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you well know as a life long atheist and freethinker. 
  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and over 3400 members.
 
 
 

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