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Alan Perlman commented on bpansky25's blog post Being taught to accept the supernatural without it being verified.
"Like politicians and marketers, clerics are the self-appointed middlemen, assuring people that they, the clerics, can fulfill needs you didn't know you had.  I continue to be baffled by the highly educated people (nothing wrong…"
Jul 27, 2012
Glen Rosenberg commented on bpansky25's blog post Being taught to accept the supernatural without it being verified.
"Taught is a euphemism for brain washed or indoctrinated. Probably has consequences greater than we can imagine. In my utopia it is illegal to take children into the den of nonsense until they have reached the scientifically determined age of reason.…"
Jul 26, 2012
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Jul 26, 2012
Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on bpansky25's blog post No Title
"Your argument makes sense. Counteracting skepticism does have global negative impact on mental competence. "
Jul 26, 2012
bpansky25 commented on Glen Rosenberg's blog post EXTREMISM
"Glen, thanks for that clarification. Also, perhaps tonight I can move those blog posts over here to the nexus where you will be able to read it :)"
Jul 25, 2012
bpansky25 commented on Reason Being's blog post The Need for Dialogue
"Your call for proper dialogue is quite welcome.However, with the line " Let me start by saying that I have never been to an atheist conference, so really have no opinion on the matter," shows that you missed some vital components of…"
Jul 25, 2012
Napoleon Bonaparte commented on bpansky25's blog post Dealing with religious backlash to criticism.
"1. I think she is the problem, not people generally. I'm an Atheist because the supernatural does not exist. 2. This boy understands geometry and has found a profound new way of thinking and expressing himself. 3. As per 1 & 2 above.  "
Jul 25, 2012
bpansky25 commented on Glen Rosenberg's blog post EXTREMISM
""Faith and obedience are in the recipe for religious extremism."  "The sleep of reason produces monsters."Seems fairly accurate.  The religions really do not provide goodness for people, they just perpetuate…"
Jul 25, 2012
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Dealing with religious backlash to criticism.

There is someone on my tumblr who is an atheist scientist student.  She posted something along the lines of "religion is not the problem, people are" and went on and on, in what looked like a defense of religion.I thought this needed to be sorted out.  I don't want criticism of religion to be so easily dismissed.  So I decided that people who criticise religion…See More
Jul 25, 2012
bpansky25 commented on bpansky25's blog post I suppose this is old news to all of you...
""There are good things about instant information / instant publicity, but I am still learning how to deal with this paradigm shift." A bit off topic here but I agree, I can get a bit disoriented when these things that come out of…"
Mar 12, 2012
Sentient Biped commented on bpansky25's blog post I suppose this is old news to all of you...
"Ruth, thanks for that info.  Now you got me reading Alternet :-)  Very concerning.  This is a danger of the facebook and instant-flashy-stuff youtube age.  In depth information and real analysis is difficult to find, and even…"
Mar 12, 2012
Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on bpansky25's blog post I suppose this is old news to all of you...
"Behind a secular facade... Invisible Children Funded By Antigay, Creationist Christian Right ...IC’s extensive financial ties to far-right fundamentalism, including major funders of the mounting global war on gay rights..."
Mar 12, 2012
matthew greenberg commented on bpansky25's blog post I suppose this is old news to all of you...
"thanks for this information.  i saw the video, and like pretty much anyone who watched it, i was moved.  while this may still be a worthwhile cause (debatable) i'm glad that i didn't share it with any friends or family. "
Mar 12, 2012
bpansky25 commented on bpansky25's blog post I suppose this is old news to all of you...
"The IC people have posted response to some of the criticisms here:   http://www.invisiblechildren.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/critiques.htmlPerhaps I can look at other people's links in the morning.  Thank you very…"
Mar 12, 2012
Sentient Biped commented on bpansky25's blog post I suppose this is old news to all of you...
"Ruth, thank you for that link too, I found it useful.  It becomes especially troubling in light of the USA fundamentalist christian missionary influence on the Uganda's govt in promoting their "death penalty for gays" bill and…"
Mar 11, 2012
Ben commented on bpansky25's blog post I suppose this is old news to all of you...
"Yeah, all the supposed misrepresentations I've seen in all the criticisms of the IC organization have been generated by simply not paying attention to what the film says and chooses to focus on.  No where did the film say, "This is…"
Mar 11, 2012

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At 7:38pm on February 27, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, bpansky25! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also enjoy A TRICK OF THE EYE.

At 5:57pm on February 27, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 3:43pm on February 27, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi bspansky25. Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense helped by science leads to freethinking wisdom as you have found out.
  
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Criticism, where it is due, still has limits.

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

I often see people pointing out something that an atheist said wrong.  It is good that they are being corrected.  However there are some similar situations in which the atheist was doing the right thing, and I wanted to explore that.  [I’ll only be talking about criticisms of religion that are valid to someone’s actual beliefs, and some that just need to be…

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I think religion is a problem, not just "people".

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

[This was in a response to someone who posted something about "religion is not the problem, people are."]



I would first like to thank you for doing your part to try to correct some of the ignorance of the general population.  You pointed out some errors that people make with their reasoning.  That was great.

I was wondering if we could agree about a few…

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Cognitive Dissonace Collateral Damage.

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:53pm 0 Comments

If a skeptic or scientific point of view states that these beliefs are not warranted (or that they must be verified) then the believer may push away from skepticism and science to maintain belief.

This is an unnessecary and dangerous tension between this person and the vital tools of science and skepticism.  Placing importance on these beliefs held without reason has done its damage.

This is a…

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Being taught to accept the supernatural without it being verified.

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

 

This is an assault on reason and skepticism.  Faiths flourish because of this, a massive underplay of the importance of skepticism.  This underplay has an impact on the reasoning ability of the general population.  (This is like being against vaccines, there would be more sickness.  With this “believe what we tell you about the supernatural” stuff, the kids skeptical immunity system is left confused and weak)

As a consequence of this assault, people do not…

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