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

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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Added by Alan Perlman on April 18, 2014 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

A Confrontation of Belief on Prime-Time Television

Anyone here watch Grey’s Anatomy?  It’s rather a scattered potpourri of mostly doctors at a fictitious Seattle hospital, playing out multiple plotlines, medical and interpersonal and too frequently with about as much reality involved as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, but that’s beside the point.  There was one particularly refreshing event which occurred in the most recent episode, broadcast naught but a handful of minutes ago as this was written, between Drs. April Kepner and Jackson…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Blues and Blacks

Negro specific pamphlets, magazines and registries were common in black communities around the United States during the late 1800s up until the 1950s. One publication, The Negro Travelers’ Green Book was a travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green. It provided Negro motorists and tourists information pointing out safe venues to stay, eat and sightsee during…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 17, 2014 at 12:03pm — 2 Comments

Why You Shouldn’t Announce Your Atheism

Congratulations, new atheist! You now live in a world where you are free. You no longer fear the threat of Hell, eternal damnation, demonic possession, God, or evil spirits. You now realize that the boogeyman is nothing to fear, nor are ghosts. You laugh a little inside when people tell you they will pray for you, since you know the chance of that doing anything is about as likely as being hit by lightning, bitten by a shark, and falling out of an airplane simultaneously. You no longer fear…

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Added by Mike Mitchell on April 17, 2014 at 9:00am — 13 Comments

Are we Dancing Bears?

http://edwardteach100.blogspot.com/2014/04/are-we-dancing-bears.html

If you want to understand a species, observe the behaviors of it's members over time. Bears have specific behaviors that have been exhibited throughout bear history. Bears forage, hibernate, are omnivorous, and so on. While the reactions of one bear in a particular situation may be unpredictable, the…

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Added by Edward Teach on April 16, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

On a Better Metaphor for Consciousness

Until very recently, consciousness was considered sort of a “black box.” A mysterious phenomenon too complex to even attempt to explain in any objective manner. However, new theories are beginning to …

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Added by Edward Teach on April 15, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

My “Faith” Is Weak?

I must admit something to you. The argument from design is still appealing to me, and I can understand why it is among the most popular defenses for religions and faith. I am sitting here, watching my son’s soccer practice, trees and beautiful landscape in the background, thinking about how complex it all is. How could everything just be here, without a creator?

Am I a target now? Will the…

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Added by Mike Mitchell on April 15, 2014 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

The Battle for Zachary's Brain, VII: Counter-Church/The Absurdity of Jonah

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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Added by Alan Perlman on April 14, 2014 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

On Snobbery

I had a fairly unpleasant high school experience. In the middle of my tenth grade year, my family moved from the coast of South Carolina to the Piedmont of North Carolina. My new high school had two distinct social groups: tobacco farmers’ kids and the privileged children of fairly affluent…

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Added by Edward Teach on April 14, 2014 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

Proving a Negative

You can't prove a negative. Science will never disprove any god. It's impossible. The same way you can't prove bigfoot, tooth fairies and leprechauns don't exist. You simply look at the evidence at hand and determine which hypothesis fits the best. A supernatural creator has no evidence to support it. This hypothesis alone creates an even greater problem because you then must explain the complexity and origin of the deity. The evidence of our universe, our galaxy, our planet and our species…

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Added by Bryan McDowell on April 13, 2014 at 5:58pm — 19 Comments

Be Skeptical

Epistemology provides a natural framework for skepticism. It is the duty of a rational human being to utilize skepticism when confronted with a hypothesis that provides no evidence to support it. Just because an ideology has been passed down for generations does not make it true. You can indoctrinate children to believe anything and they will carry it with them their entire lives. The Council of Nicaea is enough to question the entire Abrahamic religions. 20 books were going around at the…

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Added by Bryan McDowell on April 13, 2014 at 5:29pm — 3 Comments

Secular Humanist Society

People have been asking me what Secular Humanist Society is about and what we hope to accomplish. Our most important goal is fair treatment and equal rights for all humans. We support the LGBT community. There are over 1000 species world wide that are born homosexual. To think humans can't be is completely irrational and scientifically unfounded. They deserve every right we do as humans, couples, etc. There's a big misconception about us wanting "God out of schools." We simply want fair…

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Added by Bryan McDowell on April 13, 2014 at 4:38pm — 3 Comments

Positive Psychology, Flourishing, Flow

Learned optimism is the concept that one can learn a talent for joy, like any other, optimism can be cultivated and is done by consciously challenging any negative self talk. Optimists live their lives with higher achievements and have better overall health with reservation.

Older people however, who have low expectations for a satisfying future, may be more likely to live longer, healthier lives than those who see…

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Added by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2014 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Breaking Tradition Instead of Breaking Bones



Dallas--A Dallas woman who kicked and beat her 2-year-old daughter and superglued her hands to a wall of their apartment recently received a 99-year prison sentence. This one…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 11, 2014 at 1:30pm — 16 Comments

The Poor Farm

Does anyone here remember the "Poor Farm"? It was a place where old people, too old to work their farms and with no one able to care for them, were sent to the Poor Farm. My grandparents took me there when I was a very small child when they visited family members, took them food, and clothing and treats. I can't remember any of the faces except my grandparents'. I remember grandma crying, and granddad trying to comfort her. Neither one drove and depended on others to take them to The Poor…

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Added by Joan Denoo on April 10, 2014 at 4:21pm — 19 Comments

BEST ARGUMENT AGAINST RELIGION OR EXISTENCE OF GOD

Hello everyone. I am new to this site and thought I might introduce myself by way of a discussion on the very topic which led me to atheism in the first place: in your opinion, which argument proved the most convincing in forming your current position. For me, I think it has always been the simple plurality of religions. This was something that struck me decades ago as a teenager and I have never yet seen it effectively countered: the fact that so many religions, especially the Abrahamic…

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Added by TRIAL NERROR on April 10, 2014 at 4:00am — 11 Comments

Who Outed Al Sharpton?

With the revelation that the Reverend Al Sharpton acted as an informant for the FBI raises some serious questions like who threw him under the bus? Sharpton who hosts the MSNBC show, "PoliticsNation," found himself under fire in a story by "The Smoking…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 9, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

On Being a Real Man

On Being a Real Man



Disclaimer: Given that men and women are equal representatives of the human race, the qualities of a real man may be identical to the qualities of a real woman or simply, a real person.



I was raised in a culture that clearly defined what it meant to be a real man. As a male in this environment, the importance of achieving real manhood… Continue

Added by Edward Teach on April 9, 2014 at 12:05pm — 6 Comments

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