Miguel
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The arrogance of being right

Started this discussion. Last reply by Miguel Jul 11, 2010. 230 Replies

I sometime read religious boards and it amazes and disappoints me how much religious zealots and atheist have in common – the absolute and righteous certainty that they at the exclusion of others…Continue

The Religion teacher did always tell me I was going to hell

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Rice Jul 7, 2010. 3 Replies

Howdy all!  Reading some of these introductions reminded me of how the old nun that taught Religion & Morals announced to the class that I was going to hell and so was everyone that listened to…Continue

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Sicile commented on Miguel's blog post A dollar
"I've done it too.  Who am I to judge his situation?  We are all just one bad event away from being in that same place.  Just one and we could be catapulted into a place we never thought we would be.  People will spend $40 -…"
Dec 20, 2010
Miguel commented on Miguel's blog post A dollar
"Karen, I watch it happen to my dad and step-mom. As they become wealthier they became part of the golf-country-club-gated-community, fox news watching culture. They resent paying taxes and see the world as being comprised of two types of people,…"
Nov 27, 2010
Karen Loethen commented on Miguel's blog post A dollar
"I have had that happen before too and I wonder...when does it happen? That moment that the rich man loses his very connection to humanity? CERTAINLY not all wealthy people have lost their connection, but many do..."
Nov 27, 2010
Miguel replied to AgeOfAtheists14's discussion "i don't think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue-bloods" - guess who.
"Louis, you were right that this congress will accomplish little, but unfortunately the public does not who to blame, in fact > ½ of Americans don’t know that Republicans have the house. Republicans control the message so well that…"
Nov 26, 2010
Miguel replied to Tom Overton's discussion Morality and Lifeboats
"I have to admit these answers really cracked me up, whether your arguments about reproductive or biological value were meant to be funny or not – I hope they were tongue-in-cheek. Let’s face it, no one would ever make such arguments and…"
Nov 24, 2010
Miguel replied to New Atheist's discussion What do atheists say as an alternative to "good luck" or "best wishes?"
"Why not wish someone good luck? We are all subject to changing fortunes and happenstance, whether it is in our favor or not is what we call luck, no? I see no problem in wishing that fortune should favor someone. MtnMig"
Nov 24, 2010
Miguel commented on Tarentola Mauritanica's blog post Atheism: In Your words. (An idea for a book?)
"I like this idea, it would be an easy read and it would show that everyday people are atheists. Go for it, collect stories and take it from there. Best of luck, Miguel"
Nov 24, 2010
Miguel commented on Miguel's blog post A dollar
"Louis, well my sentiments exactly but sometimes there are more powerful ways of saying things, especially to a family member. Adrianne, there is a persistent effort by people that do not want to invest in social programs to diminish those less…"
Nov 24, 2010
Louis commented on Miguel's blog post A dollar
"I would have just said, "fuck yourself," but that's just me ;]"
Nov 24, 2010
Adrianne commented on Miguel's blog post A dollar
"I couldn't have said anything better. Too many people have lost sight of what is truly important."
Nov 24, 2010
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A dollar

I was once called a "sucker" by a very rich fellow for giving a dollar to a homeless man. I replied “the day I summarily judge a man as worthless for being poor, I will have lost something far more valuable than a dollar”.MiguelSee More
Nov 24, 2010
Sicile commented on Miguel's blog post Being human
"Miguel - Hey there - I was reading this and I thought back to a unit I taught in 8th grade American History. I found the link to it - you should watch it. It has a lot to with this post. Sicile http://www.facinghistory.org/video/little-things-are-big"
Sep 11, 2010
Sicile commented on Miguel's blog post Being human
"When my life is over, I hope I can look back and be pleased not with my status in life, but with the relationships I have had and the people I have touched. That is what really matters."
Jul 23, 2010
Pengiko commented on Miguel's blog post Older but not necessarily wiser
"I think we should be careful with the use of 'most' when talking about human behavior. Especially when there is no statistical data supporting the statement. We can talk about tendencies when evidence is provided, and still then we should…"
Jul 15, 2010
Miguel replied to Miguel's discussion The arrogance of being right
"It's obvious that reasonable people don't want to bother trying to debate with most of you leaving a distillet of idiots in this 'discussion' with nothing of value to add so I might was well close the discussion thread…"
Jul 11, 2010
Phil replied to Miguel's discussion The arrogance of being right
"Fred, you have a good heart, you're honest and not afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve. Unfortunately, you're missing some clues that should tip you off when someone is trying to pick your pocket. It's a noble idea to give people…"
Jul 11, 2010

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A dollar

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 1:57am 6 Comments

I was once called a "sucker" by a very rich fellow for giving a dollar to a homeless man.

I replied “the day I summarily judge a man as worthless for being poor, I will have…

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For reason's sake

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:46pm 1 Comment

The voids of our knowledge have always been filed with religious and mystical explanations and although we have only began to understand our world, science has done a far greater service than shaman or clergymen in elevating our understanding of the planet and the universe we live in.



There is a view that is often advanced by mystics that the rigor of the sciences stifles imagination…

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Older but not necessarily wiser

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:30pm 4 Comments

Experience provides an opportunity to learn but it does not guarantee that anything is learned from it.

Much like a pupil that is merely present for class, being present during life’s events, does not by itself guarantee that one will have learned anything.

Few are the people that grow both older and wiser. Most people simply grow older and more irrational.

Being human

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

We all differ in our ability to participate in the lives of others but we all have the opportunity, the choice, to participate in the lives of others more fully than we do now.

And yet we don’t do it out of fear, out of ambivalence to the suffering of others and because we tell ourselves that we are too busy and our own lives too messed to help others. Yet, all that it takes is to reach out without fear and to care, a simple embrace, to share food, and to…

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At 10:20am on July 4, 2010, Richard Healy said…
I have not been to Darwin's House, no. Not made it down that far South.
At 4:48am on July 4, 2010, Richard Healy said…
Oh well I was sent to church. Evidently it didn't take. ;-)

I never had any faith to loose really but I did not doubt that god existed, so insofar as I recognised my own doubts about religion in general I still thought God existed (to the point where I though he would be annoyed if I attend church - like by walking through the doors I'd be appearing under a magnifying glass carry an illuminated sign: I DON'T BELIEVE IN YOU)

It seems a bit ridiculous now but I put it down to a young brian grappling with ideas it was quite sure how to file. So it sort of hadn't occurred to me that god he could probably tell that if I was stood outside of the church too (If I believed he could see me anywhere) nor that by doubts would ultimately lead to including his very existence. It was all very one sided: I didn't feel I had any faith at all. Talking to the weather was doing nothing for me. So I sort of affirmed doubt while believing in something I didn't yet know was false.) And that's how things were up and until I got into my late teens, then once I began actually asking questions it all just fell away.
At 3:25pm on July 3, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to Atheist Nexus and to the busy group "Origins".
At 2:23pm on July 3, 2010, Richard Healy said…
Thanks. I got the graphic from Sam Harris's Reason project. - All the red-lines represent contradictions in the bible. (frankly it looks better on the poster - the Ning uploader crops and magnifies images)

http://www.project-reason.org/gallery3/image/105/

But I like abstract qualities of images, so it appealed to my inner aesthetic and atheistic reasoning.
At 2:19pm on July 3, 2010, Richard Healy said…
I was spared a religious upbringing in that sense. So have never yet encountered nuns only observed from afar, as it were.

Then again, unlike it's ineffectually scented wooden-flaked homonym, I find popery offenseive and it gives me a rash.
At 1:07pm on July 2, 2010, Atheist Princess said…
Welcome to the Nexus ( :
At 2:50am on July 2, 2010, Richard Healy said…
Welcome to A|N

Old Nuns are funny (and wrong)
 
 
 

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