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Infinity, Possibilities, the Multiverse, and Misconceptions

A common thing I see brought up in discussions about the multiverse is that god would have to exist because in an infinite number of possible universes that option would have played out. This is incorrect, and a common misconception regarding infinity, probability, and restrictions. It has a lot to do with our hesitance to even accept infinities as possible to begin with. 

The reason we humans recoil at the concept of infinities has much to do with our very limited…

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Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on August 23, 2014 at 12:22am — 2 Comments

The Problem of Miracles

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(a ''praying'' mantis) hehe







What are miracles? Did you believe in miracles prior to your 'deconversion?



Taken from wikipedia:



A miracle is an event not explicable by natural or scientific laws. Such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being (God or gods), a , a saint or a .



Theologians say that, with , gods regularly work through created nature yet are free to work without, above, or against it…

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Added by Deidre32 on August 22, 2014 at 5:55pm — 12 Comments

Welcome to the Age of Denial

Welcome to the Age of Denial

As more and more ways of knowing become available, as more information easily comes through our computers, it is exciting to track down information to see if it is validated with evidence or repeated based on a belief.  Sorting through the overload of news outlets with unreliable sources can be…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2014 at 1:52pm — No Comments

US Ebola Patients Make Full Recovery

US Ebola Patients Make Full Recovery

Let's just stop and think about this statement for a minute:

"Brantly thanked the hospital workers who cared for him in Atlanta and administered the experimental serum that cured him. 'Above all I am grateful to God for sparing my life,' Brantly said."

Let us take away the research that was…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2014 at 1:11pm — 3 Comments

There was a political will at work at the origins of the bible.

" target="_self">The Bible Unearthed, 4 parts

“The last king of the house of David, Zedekiah, was also exiled, his sons slaughtered, the elite of the cities, the priests and the scribes, were banished to the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates. The Book of Psalms…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Ferguson: A Larger Dialog

Ferguson, MO.



Okay, please don't roll your eyes and think "Here we ago again. Another blog about police brutality, police states in America, and racist bashing." I'm not going to be analyzing the events of Ferguson, per say. I am writing about a larger picture here. No speeches about how…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 22, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

RR Excerpt #7: The Disappearing "God of the Gap"

This is excerpt #7 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon. Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism ---> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <--- ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

This is the fifth of nine posts describing "Reasons for Skepticism" derived from…

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Added by DAN DANA on August 22, 2014 at 9:42am — 2 Comments

We need a new narrative.

 Abrahamic traditions gave rise to great temples, cathedrals and mosques! Paintings! Music! Literature! All these achievements began in the minds and imaginations of Homo sapiens. Stories, handed down from generation to generation, changed over time by accident or on purpose, came to this century with little evidence that any of it actually happened. The stories are myths, legends, folk tales, and sagas, told verbally at…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2014 at 11:29pm — 7 Comments

Putting the Cart Before the Horse



Time and time again when speaking of atheists, the question of whether one can be moral and upright without God and/or religion unfailingly comes up. For years, I have believed that the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Paul Hawken, What's Carbon Got to Do With It?

I first ran across Paul Hawken and his writing in 1977 and have been a fan ever since. I had been watching the economic markets for several years and used an old high school typewriter to record my alarm at what was happening to the economy. Because of what the markets revealed and because of writings by some economist, I began watching for a financial crash, especially in the 1980s when I had my first computer. It sits in my sunroom upstairs, idle for many years and with no services to…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

About that Bible

WE all tend  to make fun of the bible because  of God  and his many  miracles....However  the expression  `throwing the baby  out with the bathwater'  applies  here'......The bible should be renamed  the Book of Ancient history......My point is  if you take out  all references  to God  and his many  miracles, all that is left  are  stories  of real people  who  actually  shaped  our lives in many ways......The so called bible  gets  the dates  wrong, but  archaeological  digs  can  verify…

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Added by Freethinker31 on August 19, 2014 at 6:02pm — 23 Comments

A Few Thoughts On The Whole "What If You Go To Hell?" Scenario

We have all had that conversation with friends, family, and even in our own minds have pondered the validity of the "What if you go to Hell?" scenario.



Images of devils, demons, exposed human flesh to flame, faces twisted in torturous poses, evil looking imps in observant reveries of delight. The overall themes being rejection, exile, physically unbearable pain, retribution, and guilt. Through many belief systems, Hell is a common thread that most agree upon.…



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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 19, 2014 at 1:47pm — 11 Comments

Green Life, the 8 Weirdest Lakes in the World + Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park

There are so many different lakes of so many different colors, I find it hard to pick my favorites. This author choses these eight lakes of different colors.

GREEN LIFE THE 8 WEIRDEST LAKES IN THE WORLD 

She didn't pick my very favorite lakes, so far, Croatia's Plitvice…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Why America isn't the greatest country in the world anymore.

I like to think the U.S.A. is the greatest country in the world. I have heard it said, over and over. However, when I look around at the events and systems that hold our culture together, I know it is not true ... at least not now ... maybe never. We started out as a slave holding nation, which gives lie to the Declaration of Independence; we were founded on the principles of white, male, landowners as citizens, when suggested U.S. isn't a nation of the free, and we only made citizens of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 12:29pm — 18 Comments

Green Gold - Documentary by John D. Liu

Human exploitation of nature's water, soil and sky results in degradation of each of these elements; they impact everyone on Earth, causing famines, droughts, diseases, pests, and all forms of political upheavals. Many people can see the degradation and work to reverse the manipulation of resources in harmful ways into observing the water, soil and sky to create a more livable, renewable, sustainable life. One such man is John D. Liu, a photographer. …

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 11:53am — No Comments

RR Excerpt #6: The Accidental Human Population

This is excerpt #6 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. …

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Added by DAN DANA on August 17, 2014 at 9:50pm — No Comments

NWO, Illuminati, Blood Moons, And Hot Dogs: Practicing Political Atheism While Living In A Zealously Theistic Country

It seems over the last decade we have more things to be afraid of.

Between the advent of engineered disease, and surreptitious attacks of mind boggling computer viruses that could potentially bring down banking systems globally, it would seem we need to look at everything we…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 17, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Herd Mentality

 



It's everywhere I go. I remember it being something I witnessed a lot of in grade school, even high school. But, it's especially sad when I see it amongst adults.



http://en.wikipedia..../Herd_mentality



Looks like it's a human quality, perhaps given to…

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Added by Deidre32 on August 17, 2014 at 1:17pm — 13 Comments

Respect for other peoples culture

I am proud to be an Atheist and I enjoy  discussing various  topics  on A/N......I may  not believe in God  or all the  fables  in the  Old or New testament, but some of us do believe in traditions from our culture  unrelated  to any Theistic  belief.....Maybe  being  Jewish  is unique, because it is a rich culture with  a very long history as well as being a religious faith......I may  have  rejected the religious  part but  certain traditions are important to me  because  they define  who…

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Added by Freethinker31 on August 16, 2014 at 6:03pm — 122 Comments

The most powerful book in human history

One can ask from where all the tales of bibles and Quran come from and why they found that acceptance among people.

The source of all books is tablets called Enuma Elish is a Babylonian creation mythos, at that time it's like General relativity book that explain the world, it was accepted by all people at that time.

The Cosmography

the Earth was thought to be a flat disk floating on water. The flat-disk Earth was seen as one big supercontinent surrounded by a superocean, of which… Continue

Added by Rick Springfield on August 16, 2014 at 11:11am — 5 Comments

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