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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 Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"Pat...You're most welcome.  I would add that the near-unanimity of such behavior can make those of us who abstain feel like WE'RE the nutty ones.  Finding each other greatly helps us to resist group pressure.  My 2nd wife…"
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Pat commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"Alan, that's one of the best descriptions of the herd mentality for Black Friday, Christmas, Easter, etc. I've read. Orchestrated seasonal behavior. If you don't mind, I'll use it."
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy 4/20!
"Nap...Thanks for the reminder and the vocal.  Oddly, Hitler's birthday is 4/20."
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"Thanks to all commentators. To Pat...Antisemitism, I just learned, antedates Christianity.  Romans practiced it.  But Christians took it to a whole new level.  For 2,000 years, whenever anything went seriously wrong, whether plague or…"
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Grinning Cat commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"Tomorrow is a perhaps more important holiday: Half-Price Chocolate Bunny Day! (Half-Price Chocolate Days are also celebrated in the U.S. on February 15, November 1, and December 26. There's actually a Facebook page as well.) "
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Napoleon Bonaparte commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"So what's the big deal about eating flesh and drinking blood just because it happens to be human flesh and blood ? It is still done in Africa and around the world today. In history it has not always been done in association with…"
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Luara commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"I rather like the seasonal holidays in their "commercialized" form, they are a kind of modern paganism.  We have in summer fireworks in the evening on July 4th, when people go and watch outside; Halloween when you see people in…"
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Pat commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"As to Mel Gibson, a wife beating, drunken, die-hard anti-semitic Catholic, I too refuse to watch his pornographic (as you correctly labeled it) snuff film. I did see Noah, but only because Christians, Muslims and Atheists all seemed to be united in…"
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"Oh sure, any excuse to sell greeting cards and tchotchkes. And eat candy. "
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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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Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 7:00pm 9 Comments

“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…

On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”

Irving Berlin

“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”

Marquee outside church in Massachusetts

Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman…

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Another Passover, another celebration of non-deliverance; on not being a jerk

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 7:30pm 4 Comments

Imagine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.”



David Hume

Psrt I: The Non-Event

Another Passover is upon us. I’ve said just about all I can say about this holiday when Jews celebrate their founding myth, the…

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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 5 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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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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