Vangelis Stamatopoulos
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Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vangelis Stamatopoulos Feb 4, 2011. 116 Replies

The Atheist Foundation of Australia defines Atheism as: "the acceptance that there is no credible scientific or factually reliable…Continue

Tags: harris, meditation, australia, foundation, atheist

What's going on with African Americans???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vangelis Stamatopoulos Jan 22, 2011. 14 Replies

I'm an Aussie so I find this stuff difficult to understand. This is what I found in the section on "Race distribution" here:…Continue

Bad Science

Started this discussion. Last reply by AgeOfAtheists14 Mar 31, 2011. 88 Replies

I find it rather disappointing sometimes how most atheists dispel statements/beliefs/arguments simply because the scientific research has not proven it. It's one thing for research to conclusively…Continue

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Michael Peterson replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Bad Science
"Most atheists do not say "it's not true because it hasn't been proven." They just take the null position because it hasn't been proven. If it hasn't been proven...then we shouldn't act as if it's true.…"
Mar 27, 2011
Lorryslorrys replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Bad Science
"The placebo effect is even more exciting than that. Check out (Plug) http://www.badscience.net/category/placebo/"
Mar 27, 2011
Michael Fulton replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Bad Science
"It just sounds like a stress related disorder was encouraged by a diagnosis of a doctor, then alleviated by the assurances of an alternative health care provider, which reduced the stress and alleviated the symptoms."
Mar 27, 2011
Will-I Am S. replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Bad Science
"A lot of bad science comes from those who hold Creationist views..(this doesn't mean that good science hasn't come out of those who are religious since I can name quite a few).. However, I can give a perfect example of Bad science to which…"
Mar 2, 2011
Vangelis Stamatopoulos commented on Irreverend Mike's group Atheist Buddhists
"Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in Eight Weeks: http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=7,9851,0,0,1,0"
Feb 28, 2011
Vangelis Stamatopoulos replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"Black - "Okay, it's the AFA you were strawmanning, not Harris: silly me! Your redefinition stands as a strawman, unless you can show that the AFA call mindstates "woo"."   Alright, so we have ascertained by your own…"
Feb 3, 2011
The Irrev. Mr Black replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"Here Vangelis quotes a wikipedia article (bolded) and makes a personal observation:"
Feb 3, 2011
Vangelis Stamatopoulos replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"You continue to use your scattergun effect in your strawman accusations but still do not state which specific quote I have misrepresented. Where have I "projected a degree of Buddhism onto Harris" as you state? I have as far as I know,…"
Feb 3, 2011
The Irrev. Mr Black replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"Why, the very idea that the AFA would reject Sam Harris, on the grounds you state, is a strawman.   You have projected a degree of buddhism onto Harris in a manner I find most specious, and then extended this to making AFA decisions on their…"
Feb 3, 2011
Vangelis Stamatopoulos replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"Yes, and I explained how I have been excluded from the AFA forums in my response to you. Did you read it before responding?   Show me where the strawman is rather than just using a scattergun effect in your labeling. Have I misquoted the…"
Feb 3, 2011
The Irrev. Mr Black replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"Keep redefining, Vangelis. You said you were excluded in the linked post, which is part of this thread. Your strawman about Harris and the AFA is merely the door through which you continue to rail against a definition that doesn't suit you."
Feb 3, 2011
Vangelis Stamatopoulos replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"Thanks for the clarification, Mr. Black. I don't know if I said in this thread that I am excluded from the AFA forums. I made the point that Sam Harris is not an atheist according to the AFA definition of atheism.   In terms of myself and…"
Feb 3, 2011
Vangelis Stamatopoulos replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"Thanks for clearing that up Matt! I now understand your point and can respond to it.   The point you are making about scientists is exactly the point that I am making about atheists. The definition for a scientist from the Oxford Dictionary is:…"
Feb 3, 2011
Vangelis Stamatopoulos replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"Correct. And that is why I'm saying that the definition of atheism should just be left simple like "the denial of the existence of god(s)". The justification of this statement is a discussion that can be had later - it should not form…"
Feb 3, 2011
Park Bierbower replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"oh....  Well I guess you're right.  Even though we know that thoughts are caused by neurons firing in the brain, and EEG's monitor those firing neurons...  I guess according to that explicit definition anyone who believes in…"
Feb 3, 2011
Vangelis Stamatopoulos replied to Vangelis Stamatopoulos's discussion Sam Harris is not an Atheist according to the AFA
"Hi Park,   Meditation has nothing to do with "prayer" which is just some form of communication with an imagined deity. Vipassana meditation (which Sam Harris was doing) could I guess be described as a "self-introspection".…"
Feb 3, 2011

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It's life Jim but not as we know it!

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 4:18am 1 Comment

Atheism is often portrayed as being materialistic so when I came across a debate on life or life essence or life force or whatever you want to call it, I was immediately intrigued. Here were two enigineers, one based in the US and the other in Jordan discussing the nature of life. The two "protagonists" are Libb Thims an American chemical engineer, electrical engineer, and thermodynamicist known for his work and research in the development of the newly emerging sciences of human chemistry,…
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The Hijacking of Atheism in Australia

Posted on October 24, 2010 at 12:43am 34 Comments

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The Atheist Foundation of Australia has taken it upon themselves to redefine the meaning of atheism thereby hijacking the atheist agenda in Australia in order to exclude those that don't fit their "unique" criteria. One of those groups that are excluded by the AFA is Buddhists. As a Buddhist I must respond to this distortion of atheism for their own agenda and show that the AFA is not in fact an atheist… Continue

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At 12:52am on November 2, 2010, DistroMan said…
I'm no longer active on AFA because the sheer blah blah blah got to be too much. Everyone has their own views as to what they are willing to accept and not accept into their lives and we all have to make decisions what forums etc we participate in. As much as I respect some of the posters there, it was all just too much wasted time. I have better things to do. Things that interest me more than 'toeing the line'.
At 12:23am on April 18, 2010, Atheist Princess said…
hi, im not really sure were you can find the definition of atheism here officially, as it is different to everyone. to me atheism is just the relization that there is probably no supernatural deity that has created or controls life here on earth! but if u want to get a bigger feel for the definition, i recomend u start a discussion here http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/atheistnews asking ppl what they veiw atheism to be
hope this helps
At 5:53pm on April 15, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello and welcome to this friendly meeting place where we recognise that gods are all phoney and religions are frauds used to control people;
and how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and more.

Terry Meaden
founder of the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 260 discussion topics. We invite you to join us.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
At 11:18pm on April 14, 2010, Atheist Princess said…
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