February 2011 Blog Posts (130)

An analogy: gods and placebos



What goes on in your mind if you look at the video and replace all occurrences of the word "placebo" with the word "god"?



For whatever strange reason the video seems to fit rather well in two different aspects.

First of all it seems to fit well with the personal experiences i hear people talking about when they speak about "their" god. Many tell me that they feel better, many tell me that they think God helps them. And you can see a wide range of people… Continue

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on February 25, 2011 at 4:25am — 3 Comments

Faith, Reason, and other mutually exclusive terms

It never ceases to amaze me how much believers want to convince me that they are not “blind followers”, that they have come to their religious beliefs through reason, just like me.  No, I’m not going to refute the claim that atheism is a religion here.  That will have to be another blog.  What I want to address here is that people want me to believe that they have used reason, not “blind faith”, to come to religion.  They say that they use logic and find Christ. 

Now, I should start…

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Added by Andrew Garber on February 24, 2011 at 9:36pm — 2 Comments

A small example of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results

Today, I had to have an interesting discussion with a friend from my h.s. years. He wanted to know what exactly happened at the church I went to. This is basically the story:

 

: So, I went to centenary, and mom had me to go to _____ when I was at _______. I didn't want to be there, because I thought some things were "off".

 I mean, the fact that the minister scoffed about people's heart/mental issues and even termed something like depression as sin should have been a big…

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Added by Monica S. on February 24, 2011 at 6:55pm — 2 Comments

I Have A Concern

All over the world, nations are in turmoil, and the condition seems to be spreading like wildfire. Some attribute it to the increasing availability of communications networks, some attribute it to Bin Ladin, while others hail the doom of 2012. Whatever the reasons, people seem swept in the currents of change, I think because of the dormant dissatisfaction that we all have suppressed for so long, seeing no alternative but to live out our days on this planet as lowly, walking, talking apes.…

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Added by John Camilli on February 24, 2011 at 5:46pm — 6 Comments

jessus loves you

jessus loves so long you subscribe his religious business and hates you most if you are an atheist

Added by asok kumar das on February 24, 2011 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Not Agnostic

 

Agnosticism privileges the religious argument.  It says that the religious argument is, at least, as likely as the Atheist argument. However, while the Atheist argument actually has supporting evidence (take a key feature of that argument: "The Universe requires no gods to exist."  Then, Occam's Razor.) the religious argument rests on assumptions that rest on other assumptions- turtles all the way down.

 

It's not that lack of evidence is evidence against the religious…

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Added by Tom on February 24, 2011 at 3:03pm — 11 Comments

DOMA

http://centersolid.blogspot.com/2011/02/doma.html

Added by Sean Asbury on February 24, 2011 at 12:56pm — No Comments

DOMA

I've spent all morning looking up a quote that I wanted to use.  I'll give the credit to Richard Dawkins, even though I can't find it in the exact words, so this might be semi-original:

It's a special form of bigotry that allows a group of people, based on ancient theological text, to deny the right of another life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, when the actions taken have absolutely no bearing on their own lives.

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Added by Sean Asbury on February 24, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Filled with the Spirit??

I need to rant and rave about the latest development in my life.

My younger brother is a very serious Christian but he also has his issues that sky-daddy didn’t help him with. He struggles with sex, as all 20 something year old men do, especially when fighting against it and trying to supress natural urges. He was sent to a Christian rehab last year for 9 months because his pastor did not know what to do. God wasn’t helping, prayer and fasting wasn’t changing anything. I believe that he… Continue

Added by Free Thinker Kemp on February 24, 2011 at 6:12am — 1 Comment

Internet can cause cancer (in Jewish bodies only?)

The Internet causes draught and terminal disease – so claims a new marketing campaign publicized in the ultra-Orthodox community and aims to curb use of the world wide web. "Where there is Internet, there are no rains," read one of the posters that were pasted in central haredi spots. "Let's remove the idolatry from among us. Hundreds of thousands of cancer patients (suffer) because of the Internet."
(… Continue

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on February 24, 2011 at 2:21am — 1 Comment

Help needed to support social justice for atheists in Australia

Hi,

 

An Atheist contact of mine has recently written an article for Online Opinion.

 

It is about the battle of the right of religious employers to discriminate on religious grounds when employing people in Victoria, Australia.

 

“In 2010 the Labor government of Victoria instigated legislation to prevent religious institutions from discriminating against employees on religious grounds where those employees were not employed to perform religious…

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Added by Alice on February 24, 2011 at 1:10am — No Comments

Help! Quantum Mechanics, Randomness and Causality

I really want to know what I can rely on. I want to know if my brain is fully caused - or has a possibility of QM caused randomness. I'm told that I can feel safe that it is fully caused - but I'm suspicious that QM may play a role and therefore randomness may be a possibility.



I suppose just like the notion of free will.... what we believe to be true, doesn't actually change anything in reality... which is comforting....



But what are the implications of either being fully… Continue

Added by Alice on February 23, 2011 at 7:11pm — 18 Comments

Evolution: from fairy tales to the real life

I was baptized in Poland, when I was several months old. A very common souvenir from such ceremonies in Poland is a golden cross which the kid can (some years later) put on a golden chain and hang around the neck. I also got one. It is now somewhere in my wardrobe, not being used for last x (x=13?) years, waiting for... nothing.

 

I have just got an idea: I will go to a goldsmith and ask him to melt this cross into the Darwin fish.

 

Quite a symbolic operation,…

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Added by Hania Uscka-Wehlou on February 23, 2011 at 4:38pm — No Comments

A really long rant on race and the american christian church

I was just thinking to myself today about the glaring hypocrisies that plague the american christian church. Apparently I was thinking a little TOO much because I got a bit of bile in my throat and a nauseated stomach. I'm thinking most of that stems from the fact that I was in the thick of it.



The first problem is the most obvious: the race problem in american christian culture. If you ask a black believer and a white believer if they are christian, they would say yes. BUT, if you… Continue

Added by Monica S. on February 23, 2011 at 3:56pm — 6 Comments

Interview with Black atheist author Donald Wright

Donald Wright is a Houston-based freethought activist and the author of The Only Prayer I’ll Ever Pray: Let My People Go.In recognition of the seminal yet historically overlooked impact of black freethought traditions, he has proposed the fourth Sunday in February (February 27) as a "Day of Solidarity" for African American freethinkers, humanists, and atheists.



You were once a deacon and devoted member of your church. What…

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Added by Shutch on February 23, 2011 at 10:24am — 2 Comments

Budget Ballet - Or the Art of the Kabuki

Link

Added by Sean Asbury on February 22, 2011 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Misunderstandings of Atheists

In my last blog, ‘My Story’ I had mentioned the misconceptions of Atheists and said that this was a topic for another day. Well, today I will talk about this topic, and why it’s important to me to rid society of these stigmas, and why in fact(in my opinion) these misconceptions exist at all.

How do any group of people get misunderstood or labeled as ‘bad’? It can stem from a number of things and really isn’t…

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Added by Mark Bundy on February 22, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

X-posted from my Facebook Accout: Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and Me

I’ll begin my note this way, I’m pro-choice. Usually when I say that, I hear the whispers of “she’s pro-abortion” or that I want little kids dead. People who supposedly have known me for years naturally assume this, because I am not staunchly on the side of pro-life.







To be honest, I think both pro-life and pro-choice are misnomers, as is the term pro-abortion. No one I have met is actually “pro abortion”. Who is for the removal of a potential life? Who actually sits there… Continue

Added by Monica S. on February 22, 2011 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

Why I am here

I suppose that all (or almost all) of you know the following talk:

http://ning.it/gibWcW

but I would like to send this one anyway. This talk made me (about a year or two ago) take the last step on my (long) way from being a devoted catholic to becoming a militant anti-theist. It took me about 15 years to get from the former to the latter.

Religion is for our minds what environmental pollutions are to the nature, we cannot tolerate its…

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Added by Hania Uscka-Wehlou on February 22, 2011 at 6:31am — 1 Comment

The Good Ship Earth - a picture of wealth distribution (INFOGRAPHIC)

http://www.johndunsworth.com/goodshipearth/

 

Imagine if a ship represented earth's resources/GDP, and 1000 passengers represented the earths population.

 

By my calculations, 1 guy would represent all the millionaires and billionaires, and he'd have 2/3rds of the ship to run around in.

Added by ryan cameron on February 21, 2011 at 6:34pm — 12 Comments

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