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In the spirit of Epicurus – and where I differ

The philosophy of Epicurus was a major influence on my way of thinking. From a naturalistic (non-supernatural) view of the universe, to the importance of evidence from the senses in acquiring knowledge (empiricism), the primacy of matter (materialism), to the importance of individual happiness as the primary goal of life (based, as I interpret it, in respect for one’s own dignity), together with the importance of friendship and…


Added by Mequa on November 26, 2014 at 3:39am — No Comments

Undergoing heart surgery in the new year

As I discussed with some people here, I have congenital heartblock. As such, I needed a heart pacemaker fitted at the age of 14. The battery life of those implants is limited, so I've needed a total of 4 pacemakers fitted so far. I am 32 now.

I will need a new implant fitted early in 2015 in addition to a lead replacement, involving removing a lead from my heart which was implanted in 1996, and adding a new lead into the heart. This latter procedure is not without risk and carries a…


Added by Mequa on November 25, 2014 at 8:41pm — 10 Comments

Another thought bubble ...

Hope ya'll have a fabulous day before reading this, not that this thought bubble is about to alter the good fizz you might be feeling at the moment ... I dare not propose such significance!  If only to add to the fizz :)

I have been following the Mike Brown / Officer Wilson tragedy - with cautious curiosity.  Hard not to have an opinion - but the dichotomy that stood out for me was the religious plea on both camps.  I am particularly placed in a particular state of mind for the…


Added by Ermias Asfaw on November 25, 2014 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Need to read

Food for thought

In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: "Who lost

Europe?" Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party

for Freedom the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons in New York ,

introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing

Jihad Conference in Jerusalem. Geert Wilders is a Member of the

Dutch Parliament.

Dear friends,

Thank you very much for inviting me.

I come to America with a…


Added by Ian Meaden on November 25, 2014 at 8:17am — 6 Comments

I am an atheist bearing witness to atrocity of hate-mongering by people of the bible

People tell me that god is the god of love and justice. I read in the bible that truth will set me free. I also read a list of lies, distortions, delusions that rival any of Brothers Grimm's fairy tales. I read and see murders, genocides, obscenities to match any pornography of modern authors and wonder if anyone who believes in god has ever read this sacred book. I watch as people who claim to be full of love and compassion carry signs declaring hate for women's right to control their own…


Added by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2014 at 11:24pm — 1 Comment

Ten Secular Commandments

The ReThink Prize is giving away $1K each to the best ten secular commandments for the 21st century. Here are my ten submissions.

Added by Jonathan Tweet on November 24, 2014 at 10:02am — 2 Comments

What Does Science Say (Part 4 & 5 Homosexuals)

Part 4&5

What Does Science Say?

In a famous letter to an American mother, world renowned psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, wrote in 1935: "Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Cita de "Varios días en Atenas"

"¡Hemos nombrado el error principal de la mente humana, la pesadilla de la felicidad humana, el pervertidor de la virtud humana! ¡Es la religión, esa moneda oscura de la ignorancia temblorosa! ¡Es la religión, esa envenenadora de la felicidad humana! ¡Es la religión, esa guía ciega de la razón humana! ¡Es la religión, esa detronadora de la virtud humana que yace en la raíz de todo el mal y toda la miseria que impregnan el mundo!"

- Frances Wright, en uno de…


Added by Hiram on November 22, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

god man arrested in india

Nearly two-week stand off between the supporters and security personnel of Satguru Rampal Baba, which escalated into violence and high drama. At last on19th, he was arrested from his ashram.In India,every year some god men go to jail,many more are exposed to be frauds and fakes.

Added by BIPLAB DAS on November 22, 2014 at 4:15am — 3 Comments

Who would believe in blood type astrology?

I was reminded last night why I don’t go out to socialize much: because people are stupid. This is something I realized early on in childhood when I found I couldn’t relate to my peers because they were dumbasses who believed in Santa and other magic sky-people, and who would tell me that my family and I were going to imaginary-fire-prison-in-the-ground if we didn’t go with them to a stupidly expensive building some other idiots built to talk to imaginary sky-people and ask for their…


Added by Kacie Tsao on November 21, 2014 at 9:21pm — 7 Comments

In the Closet (Part 3 Homosexuality)

Part 3

In the Closet

"In the closet" means keeping one’s homosexual orientation hidden, often acting as a heterosexual to avoid discovery. At one time in…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 21, 2014 at 8:00am — 26 Comments

dog in the supermarket

I went to the supermarket yesterday about 3 PM, wearing my facemask.

I started to feel slightly off when I was there. 

So when I was checking out, I asked the grocery clerk if there had been a dog there earlier.

She said yes, there was a dog there about 10 AM. 

And I did get an allergic reaction to it ...

Five hours after a dog was in the supermarket - ceilings 20 feet high or so.  And I got sick from that, it seems!

I bought a respirator on…


Added by Luara on November 21, 2014 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Does Life Have A Meaning

Hello everyone,

Does life have a meaning or any meaning at all?  Or, does life even have to have a meaning. 

Was just pondering this and thought to throw it out there for maybe some thoughts.


Added by Ben Pittman on November 20, 2014 at 7:47am — 6 Comments

Homosexuals (Part 2)

Part 2

Any Community, USA

In the United States, no welcome sign ever hung out for homosexuals, but they have been here since the nation began. Although no one ever said anything about it, homosexuals lived in my…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — 48 Comments

Religion is somehow different… (a meandering ramble about linguistics, atheism, and weird cognitive biases)

A little bit of context to start— I’m currently living in China, teaching English at a kindergarten. The school I work for arranged an apartment for me, which I share with another teacher. It’s a nice place in a nice neighborhood, and my Chinese is good enough that I can get around and even help translate for other expats – don’t worry for me!

My roommate and I get along for the most part. Our habits match up pretty well, so it’s not like there are constant arguments about one…


Added by Kacie Tsao on November 19, 2014 at 9:10am — 4 Comments

Mondo Diablo 382: But Who Will Save Thanksgiving?

Yes, it's Time for Turkey, as the lady on the radio says. Or rather, as all those made-up freaks on the food network say. Actually, to tell you the truth, I love Thanksgiving Live on the Food Network. Much better than the balloon parade. Just listen to my sermon on the podcast, and Keep Calm.


Sarah Vowell 1

USDA * Turkey Time

Alleee 1

Norm Burns (Song Poem) * Our Thanksgiving Blessings are Great

Turkey in the Straw on Banjo

Sarah Vowell…


Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on November 19, 2014 at 12:40am — No Comments


I wrote this piece as a freelance reporter for a black magazine six years ago. It was in response to homophobia in the black community and the reaction of the black church. Although this article was aimed at a particular audience, I believe what I found can be applied to any group or ethnicity. I wrote this article…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — 61 Comments

Popularizing gluten-free diets

Last spring I went to get a haircut.  I'm sort of pals with the woman (her name is Awura) who cuts my hair, and this time she was enthusing about how she'd gone (sort of) gluten free, and how amazingly much better she felt. 

I ran down a long list of symptoms of celiac disease, and she said she'd had all of them. 

Also, she has Graves, an autoimmune thyroid disease.  Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease - it's an immune reaction to dietary gluten that triggers an autoimmune…


Added by Luara on November 17, 2014 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Lewd, Licentious & Lecherous Confessions

Peering too closely at one's self can be harmful to the framed and mounted picture you have in your mind. Taking stock of my inventory of foibles, I found one in particular that bothered me more than I believed it should. Evidently, I am a licentious and lecherous old man formerly addicted to strip clubs. There, I've…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — 16 Comments

Agreeing How to Disagree

What if atheists could be the world's best disagreers? Daniel Dennett has some good advice. Also, why the traditional debate format is outdated.

Added by Jonathan Tweet on November 16, 2014 at 1:11pm — 2 Comments

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