March 2009 Blog Posts (277)

Going crazy on the forums

POSTING AHOY!

And seriously thinking about writing several petitions to Downing Street...

Added by Mark Stanbrook on March 28, 2009 at 9:56pm — No Comments

The nature of god

Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that there is a God and there is an afterlife. What if we get to heaven only to find out that God doesn’t like us. After all, he stuck us on a planet far away from him. He drowns us, burns us, and blows us all over the place. He freezes us, let’s our children die, watches us get beaten, raped, abused and waste away slowly from disease. He does it to animals, too. He even does it to bacteria. Let’s face it, he doesn’t like us. So how do you think he’s… Continue

Added by Dave on March 28, 2009 at 9:50pm — 1 Comment

US Education system in danger again

Texas: Sofa King Retarded: http://larianlequella.com/2009/03/texas-sofa-king-retarded.shtml

Added by Larian LeQuella on March 28, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Atheist Preacher

Atheist Preacher

I've decided I really would like to be ordained...again. I was ordained many years ago when I was in my "leave no stone unturned" phase of looking for God. At the time, I did it primarily for the purpose of seeing for myself whether or not being a real ordained minister carried with it any special knowledge or revelation not available to the laity. In a way, it did. I found that he wasn't under that stone either.

There are always…

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Added by El Solo Lobo on March 28, 2009 at 8:08pm — No Comments

The Origin of Belief?

There are many theories about belief in God.



One recent theory is the "God Module". The God Module was discovered when researchers tried to understand why certain epileptics experience deeply moving spiritual experiences during, and between, epileptic seizures. It appears that the seizures occur adjacent to an area of the brain, called the "God Module". The God Module allegedly predisposes us to transcendent feelings. It supposedly developed as a survival mechanism. By giving us a… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on March 28, 2009 at 4:00am — 11 Comments

Not sure which is worse

I'm not sure which is worse. The people that come up with and spew out nonsense religious arguments or the people that hear the nonsense religious argument and say, "wow that was brilliant that'll show the nonbelievers." It's bad enough that the people saying it are too illogical to understand why the argument is nonsense, but to hear it and be amazed at the bad logic is just sad beyond words. I think I'd have to go with the speaker as being the sadder case. Not only do they think the argument… Continue

Added by TravCav on March 28, 2009 at 1:41am — 4 Comments

Quickest way to get my credit card out of my wallet.



Gary Randall Defends Marriage at State Rally from Gary Randall on Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/3819906



I've had to be a tightwad lately. I haven't been able to donate as much as I'd like to for various worthy causes. Today I recieved the following from Equal Rights Washington, a local group advocating marriage equality for everyone in my state. As a… Continue

Added by Creature on March 28, 2009 at 12:46am — 3 Comments

Confounded by NONSENSE! Part II: (but I'm feeling much better now!)

The full-text of my exchange with the youtube theist YunginSpirit is now available in the "I need help" forum I started, asking for submissions and ideas.

I did use some of them and other helped me to formulate my method and approach and generally clear my head on the issue.


A|N Communit-ay!, you are the best!

Thanks to everyone who pitched in.

http://atheistnexus.org/group/winningarguments/forum/topics/i-need-help

Added by Richard Healy on March 27, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

A review of Polly! By Stephen Goldin

How many of us have ever known a Polly Perfect? Or, more to the point, how many of us have desperately wished it so while insisting we did? Polly is beautiful, intelligent, rich and sweet to terrible in the blink of an eye – all qualities that can quickly get a fellow into trouble if he fails to keep his feet under him. Who hasn't tread willingly into that heady fog with their organs in disarray? But the mystery is more than half the fun, so it goes that once our minds are set we are doomed -be… Continue

Added by Jerome on March 27, 2009 at 10:03am — No Comments

St. Louis Ethical Society

I am off to St. Louis. On Sunday I will be speaking at the St. Louis Ethical Society at 2:00. It is cosponsored by St. Louis Atheists and the Ethical Society. See this link for more info. http://atheists.meetup.com/463/calendar/9572173/

Hope to see some St. Louis A/N people there!

Added by Darrel Ray on March 27, 2009 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

Some Funnies





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Added by Creature on March 27, 2009 at 3:18am — 2 Comments

When Christians come a-knockin'

I love it when Christians come a-knockin’ at my door. I always invite them in and serve them refreshments. Then I turn the proselytizing table on them.



One time, 2 young Mormon women came a-knockin'. They were both very attractive, polite and wholesome. One of them was black. I asked her why she chose to be a Mormon when the Book of Mormon contains insulting bigotry against black people. Here's the verse I'm referring to:



2 Nephi 5:21…

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Added by Atheist Exile on March 27, 2009 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

Thoughts about free will.

Should we be held responsible in a deterministic world.



We make our own decisions.

The outcome of these decisions are determined by the past. *

They are not predetermined.



We hold ourselves responsible for our actions because they are our actions.



The machine that they are (human) works (thinks) in a way that is harmful (what we determine to be harmful) to the other machines that we value (our friends, family and other humans we depend… Continue

Added by Mark Kind on March 26, 2009 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

One Less Religion

We know and can prove that man creates gods: we've created them thousands of times, all over the planet. However, the opposite is not knowable or provable. There's no reason to inject the supernatural into reality: but if you insist, then the proposition that God created man is, at best, pure conjecture – NOBODY knows anything about the supernatural. Period. Never have and never will. Anybody who claims otherwise is lying or delusional. That’s a fact.



The fact that man has created… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on March 26, 2009 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

The Center for Inquiry

I just learned that I will be speaking at the NY City Center for Inquiry on May 2. I will also be speaking on April 30 to the NY City Atheists. If you live in NY City, I hope to see some of you there. If you want details, let me know and I can send you the links. If you attend, please introduce yourself and let me know you are on Atheist Nexus. I am loving this site. There are so many great people with so much talent and insight.

Added by Darrel Ray on March 26, 2009 at 9:58pm — 1 Comment

Caramel Filled Jesus

Easter's right around the corner.



How do I, a snarky atheist, know this? Good question.



I know because I work at my local public library which is gearing up for the annual "Easter Egg Hunt". That's right ladies and gentlemen, you can put your minds at ease (as is so often the case with people of faith) knowing that your tax dollars are well spent... on candy filled plastic eggs.



Now before you get all pissy (atheists and theists alike) here's what I have to… Continue

Added by EnsignR on March 26, 2009 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Totally fucking weird!

I am speechless....

http://www.cblf.org/

Added by zeeman barzell on March 26, 2009 at 6:25pm — 8 Comments

Zombie Holiday?

I am not looking forward to the next Christian holiday, Easter. I get tired of people wishing me "Happy Easter" and assuming that I believe like them. What do you say to people that give you these greetings? I think it should be the Zombie Holiday.

Added by Cheryl on March 26, 2009 at 4:42pm — 3 Comments

growing up godless

I was raised hyper-religious. Between the time of my son's birth and his third birthday, I became an atheist. Bringing home a tiny little perfect healthy infant was a huge factor in that. I looked at my son and saw no sin in him. It made me begin questioning a lot of assumptions. I'll post more on my own deconversion later, but for now I'd like to talk a bit about how I personally tackle the issues of myth, religion, and belief within my own childrearing.



1.) I talk about religion… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on March 26, 2009 at 4:18pm — 1 Comment

Artificial Brains

No, this post is not about the DI...



There's been some news in the past week about recent advances in research to build artificial brains. There's a nice summary over on NeuroLogica.



Anyway, it got me to thinking... There is little doubt in my mind that we will eventually succeed in building an artificial brain, a device capable of replicating the natural processes that occur inside our own skull. When that…

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Added by Lakafaith on March 26, 2009 at 3:55pm — 3 Comments

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