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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 Alan Perlman's blog post The Battle for Zachary's Brain, VII: Counter-Church/The Absurdity of Jonah
"Michael, Thanks for kind words. I wonder how many kids get anything resembling counter-church.  I think some potentially skeptical parents are cowed into conformity (like my Dad) and never give kids the kind of in-your-face refutation…"
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Michael Penn commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The Battle for Zachary's Brain, VII: Counter-Church/The Absurdity of Jonah
" It sounds like you are doing very well with him, Alan. I'm sure he's going to get to where he comes to you telling what religion has taught him now so he can hear the counterpart. Nice to have a child grow up not being afraid. I…"
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Alan Perlman replied to Atheist Andrea's discussion Are you open about being an atheist or are you in the closet?
"If people aren't in my face about religion, I don't go out of my way to confront them.  My whole family knows where I stand.  None of them has given their religion (Judaism lite) any thought at all, and they sure don't want…"
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The Battle for Zachary's Brain, VII: Counter-Church/The Absurdity of Jonah

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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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Say NO to "Noah"
"OMG, are you following the massive PR and critical blitz this movie is getting?  It's as if the sheeple are being told to love it. "
Apr 6
Alan Perlman replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"The weight given to divine intervention in accounting for these close calls is scary to me...because it's really just luck hat's going to run out."
Apr 6
Alan Perlman replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"Again, hard to believe, as these smart people confront their own demise,  the world can --or should -- go on without you...kinda arrogant."
Apr 6
Alan Perlman replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"Tom, Religion is founded on NON -thinking, so it doesn't survive a moment's scrutiny. Don't give yourself a headache."
Apr 6
Napoleon Bonaparte replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"Yes, I think he is right. I like how he describes those who possess a nuclear weapon as hoping for gods continuing guidance in bearing such a responsibility. Sure, we have had nuclear accidents and we are lucky not a retaliatory nuclear war. Yes,…"
Apr 5
Michael Penn replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"Exactly, Alan. The modern fundy christian misses the part that Jesus said he would return in the lifetime of his disciples, so it obviously had a "future" meaning. Today the fundies are all waiting for Jesus to split the sky and appear.…"
Apr 5
Alan Perlman replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"Sven, Chomsky is one the few intellectuals whose thoughts pass from mind to print with no editing or critique (though there are plenty of Chomsky-haters out there).  It's always been that way, even when he was writing about linguistics!"
Apr 5
Alan Perlman replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"Thanks, Michael.  Maybe the overlap of nuclear/environmental and religious apocalypse is an expression of people's petty egotism + existential fears: "The world can't go on without me, and it all has to end spectacularly -- and…"
Apr 5
Michael Penn replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"Your last paragraph says it all, Alan. Some politico theists actually think we are in the "end times" and could not care less about starting a nuclear war because then Jebus will have to step in and finish everything. It's an "I…"
Apr 4
Sven Andersson replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"Yeah... Last book I read by him was 'Hegemony or Survival'. It was educational and thought-provoking in some ways. But boring. His style of writing is so dry."
Apr 4
Tom Sarbeck replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"Alan, I'm wondering how the religious nuts will get their apocalypse or judgment day unless every last one of them knows that the apocalypse and judgment day are afflicting every last human being. On second thought, if every religious nut,…"
Apr 4
Tom Sarbeck replied to Alan Perlman's discussion Chomsky and the end-times
"Right on, Sven. With Chomsky, I stop at the almost always boring and don't get to the almost always right. "
Apr 4

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The Battle for Zachary's Brain, VII: Counter-Church/The Absurdity of Jonah

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:00pm 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…

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Say NO to "Noah"

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 2:23pm 19 Comments

Back in the day, a trip to my grandparents' row home in South Philly, for Passover or the Jewish New Year, was preceded by a family movie in Center City.  The theaters were huge and ornate -- not at all like your bare-bones cineplex; the movies were usually Biblical and always accompanied by chocolate covered cherries.

Of course, we saw Charlton Heston as Moses.  I think Ben-Hur got sneaked in there, as well as Israeli-themed movies like the heart-rending Exodus,…

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Happy Hanukkah -- sort of

Posted on December 1, 2013 at 7:30pm 5 Comments

"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."

 

Voltaire

“Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of tribal Jewish backwardness.”

Christopher Hitchens

“Hanukkah is…the Feast of Lights. Instead of one day, we got eight CRAZY…

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Are Holidays a Disaster?

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 7:30pm 6 Comments

"I choose to decline all invitations to a ghost's birthday party and to shun Christmas things as much as possible. I have no religious faith, I have no Christmas tree, and I want neither…and I don't believe I've missed a thing."

 

"... the willingness to do, in some form or another, what others have always done because of foundationless teachings that that is what we're all supposed to do," is "what aggravates me about holidays and…

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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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