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Meditations #4 - On Intellectuals

Most renowned apologists are highly intellectual and educated; they have a firm grip on their beliefs and have an understanding of their philosophy, whatever they believe to be true.

 

Does that mean that people with a little to no chance of a proper education have a lesser strength of faith and understanding of the same set of beliefs? People who have been poorly educated have (most likely) a poorer understanding than the intellectual apologists.

Just like any apologist…

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Added by Mark Arellius on April 24, 2015 at 4:35am — 8 Comments

Hello, World. I'm Openly Secular.

Hi, from Covington, Kentucky! The neighbor of Cincinnati, Ohio.



My name is Amanda Ashcraft. I work for the postal service, write numerous articles about ex religious life and childhood abuse, parent four beautiful children, and live openly secular as a humanism practicing atheist.



I grew up in a…

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Added by Zomberina Contagion on April 23, 2015 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Ground Zero Cross case

The symbolic Ground Zero cross WILL STAY at the 9/11 Memorial Museum as atheists' lose their case! In the ruling the judge said, “The stated purpose of displaying The Cross at Ground Zero to tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy is genuine and an objective observer would understand the purpose of the display to be secular.” 

Ummm... Let's look at this ridiculous statement piece by piece...

"The stated…

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Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on April 23, 2015 at 1:24pm — 3 Comments

Humanist ethical concepts applied (and mis-applied) to public policy

I recently wrote Whose Pleasure? Whose Pain? Applying the Hedonic Calculus to Public Policy for the latest issue of The Humanist, where I discuss whether it makes sense to apply the Epicurean ethical method of hedonic calculus at the collective level. After some considerations, in the piece I argue

These…

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Added by Hiram on April 23, 2015 at 12:02pm — 3 Comments

Self-Management & Recovery Training: A SMART Humanistic Approach to Addiction Recovery

The May-June issue of The Humanist includes a few pieces on a secular alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous, which has recently been exposed as an inefficient system of recovery that's only supported with public funds because it's filled with religious propaganda.

In the editor's note for the issue, Jennifer Bardi…

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Added by Hiram on April 23, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments

Jesus appears to Tim Tebow, Says Philly Wasn't His Idea

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Added by Richard Cahill on April 23, 2015 at 9:34am — 5 Comments

Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high

I have often said that Judaism is a religion for the obsessive-compulsive, with rule after rule, hundreds of them, interpreted and extrapolated to the finest nuance by generations of rabbis.  It could easily keep you busy most or all of your waking hours.

Nowhere is Jewish OCD on more florid display than in the 24 hours called Shabbat, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. (NOTE: The following is about truly observant Jews; practitioners of Judaism Lite, like my family,…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 22, 2015 at 3:55pm — 20 Comments

No Tattoo For You!

For the last few months, I’ve been scrimping away money to restart my tattoo collecting. I currently have three altogether, all from different shops in my area, and out of the three who did the work, I decided to return to one in particular. I liked the artists that worked there, and trusted their professionalism so…

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Added by Zomberina Contagion on April 20, 2015 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Compartmentalization & Religiosity

Sreenivasan (Sreeni): Prof. K, I am reading all your articles which you have been e-mailing me on Religion, Gods & Humanism. As you already know, I am an atheist and so your articles only reinforce my earlier stance but when I try to read it to my wife, she is rather critical about it. She has been brought up in an orthodox Iyengar family and she worships Lord Krishna as her father and mother did in their lifetime.

Me: There are 2 types of…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on April 20, 2015 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

Meditations #3 - Ad Populum

If many believe so, it is so.

Well, I don't think so. 

It's an argument that I hear allot and quite frankly I'm getting tired of hearing it. By writing and sharing this I hope to provide others with some intellectual tools for when you hear; ''But why does an X number of people believe what I do, too?'' or make it an assertion ''Millions of people believe it, so it must be true.'' 

Large Numbers

This…

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Added by Mark Arellius on April 19, 2015 at 4:45pm — 13 Comments

Monotonous monogamy

In our planet’s animal kingdom there are quite a few creatures that mate for life.  Swans, many types of geese, including the beautiful Canada Geese, some sea mammals, and many more.  If one member of a mating pair dies, the other member never mates again.  Isn’t that something?  And they don’t even have, “The Book.”  My contention is simple.  “If humans were also meant to mate for life, we would!” 

My son Sean is an atheist.  Instead of a wedding ceremony, he and the mother of his…

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Added by Lemual Poot on April 19, 2015 at 12:39am — 18 Comments

Way After the Fact

But for a slip of the pen, Christians might have an entirely different outlook on “original sin.” In fact, what is also known as “ancestral sin” might never gained a foothold in the Catholic Church if not for a simple mistranslation of a two-letter Greek preposition by St. Augustine, which has led Christian…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 18, 2015 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

WHO will eat babies?!

Deuteronomy 28:49-53

49 The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a…

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Added by Ryan Shields on April 17, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

"The Hitch" - A Christopher Hitchens documentary by Kristoffer Hellesmark

Since the death of Christopher Hitchens in December of 2011, I have anticipated some kind of cinematic retrospective regarding the life of a man who was one of the great intellectual lights of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Certainly there have been tributes and brief snapshots highlighting his spoken word, writings and debates on YouTube and elsewhere, but nothing which attempts to comprehensively represent at least in brief the fulsome cornucopia Hitchens brought to humankind.…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 17, 2015 at 8:51am — 5 Comments

The Safety Dance For When Christians Don't Want To Dance

It seems with Easter, and the improvement of weather from freezing to tolerable, that there is an uptick in religious pursuits. As if after getting through the last rather heavy Christmas and Easter seasons, the rekindling of faith hits a critical mass and a bunch of stupid just starts flowing out of…

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Added by Zomberina Contagion on April 14, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Bipolar: Black, Bent but Unbroken

I am bipolar. I tried every way I could to put together a snappy lead sentence that would provide a little suspense, curiosity and provoke an old-fashioned interest in dirty laundry, but none of it seemed appropriate for a disease that can for many, be so crippling as to ruin or end lives.

Bipolar is now an official part of my medical record that is interesting if not colorful. My life took a significant turn with a heart attack while I was…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 14, 2015 at 7:00am — 19 Comments

Meditations #2 Consolation For The Non-Believer

One of the most interesting subjects for me on the debate between science and religion is about consolation. And one question that I often ask myself is ''What consolation do atheists have when it comes to death, and can science offer us consolation?'' And this usually helps me to get started to think about it.

Religious vs. Non-Religious Consolation 

We all know how the song goes, people of religious faith will tell you that you have nothing to…

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Added by Mark Arellius on April 14, 2015 at 6:24am — 4 Comments

Debate with a Catholic obfuscating the word 'Meaning' = "Equivocation Fallacy"

 

Here is a section debate concerning the word 'Meaning' with an extremely obstinate, irrational, Catholic fundy.

Debate Source:…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on April 13, 2015 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Meditations #1 Scooby Doo, The Best Skeptic Cartoon

I was writing out an argument on the importance of evidence and skeptical thought and then somehow I came across Scooby Doo, the old version from the early/mid 70's, as an example to make an analogy. Then I just expanded my thoughts and came up with the following;

Skeptical Scooby

A group of young detectives investigate claims by people who have seen a ghost or a demon that haunts them, and at the end of every episode the ghost or ghoul…

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Added by Mark Arellius on April 12, 2015 at 7:52am — 2 Comments

Political ideology vs. atheism: An argument for non-ideologial pragmatic politics

Over the last 6-7 years or so, it became apparent that American politics is utterly dominated by ideology, primarily liberal vs. conservative vs. special interest arguments or perceptions of reality and the associated logic or spin, mostly spin with not much unspun fact or unbiased logic, in support thereof. In that time and after years of careful consideration and some formal study (brain science focused on the science of human cognition and social science), a few epiphanies hatched, if…

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Added by Non-ideological pragmatist on April 11, 2015 at 4:46pm — 5 Comments

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