"I spend the time for a lot of reasons. Economic and political power, off the top of my head. I'm a fairly social person and unfortunately, the vast majority of the people in my life subscribe to irrational beliefs. I don't think…"
"If there is nothing that you can find in common with that person beyond being myth informed why waste your time?
The Socratic method, which Peter Boghossian teaches in A Manual for Creating Atheists, is useful in many ways in life, not just in…"
"ps For me, "nonbeliever" is related to the Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever series of novels by Stephen Donaldson.
Stephen Donaldson had religious parents and knows all about the misuses of religion, and there are many quasi-religious…"
"it seems unfair that we have to define ourselves not only as a negative, but as if the default position is belief
Belief, whether religious or not, is the default position in the sense that if you don't think critically about it, you'll…"
"It's not an usual question. I think it's Sam Harris who said that he doesn't care for the term "atheist" because it forces us into the negative. Like "NON-believer," it seems unfair that we have to define ourselves…"
""My point is about why would we even need to be able to distinguish ourselves from the ones that believe in some garbage."
It is unquestionably a strange reality, which is why FSM is such a handy reference. Religionists would see a deity…"
"Great quote Future. I will probably harass people around me with it for a few days.
My point is about why would we even need to be able to distinguish ourselves from the ones that believe in some garbage. Why would that even concern us? Who cares…"
"I think that's the best way I've ever heard it stated, Future. I can also really see humans having some predisposition to forming something like religion. From what I can tell, humans like to classify ourselves and other things into…"
"I'm not clear what the argument here is all about. We call ourselves atheists because we need a name to distinguish ourselves from those who choose to believe garbage from a pool of world religions. It's really that simple - we just needed…"
"JW's would be especially difficult because to them, they are the only true religion. That means all the other professing christians are wrong, and any other belief except theirs is wrong. To partake of any heavenly promises you have to be a JW.…"
"Actually, that statement has fomented considerable conversation, the three times JWs have visited here, and it was an integral part of the conversation the first time. One thing you learn about Jehovah's Witnesses real fast is that they…"
"That's true, if you want to try the tactics in Peter Boghossians A Manual for Creating Atheists, it's probably better to call yourself a nonbeliever. Believers might get into the conversation in hopes of converting you. "