'this man claims to be the Son of God, thankfully in 2010 he will be treated and released from detention when…
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Added by Heather Henderson on April 25, 2012 at 5:38pm — No Comments
Short answer: No.
It is one thing to question what an illness is, and how it manifests itself. It is quite another to challenge its existence in the face of evidence armed only with faith in the supernatural. However, this is what Channel 4 deem fit for public consumption, despite the consequences. Sufferers of depression have enough to deal with when it comes to being accepted by society as genuinely “suffering” from a condition without having that…Continue
I know I have discussed the health issues facing my parents here on the Nexus before, and I really appreciate the support and love everyone has given me here concerning these issues.
I was talking with my Mom late Friday morning, and I'm afraid I have some pretty tough news concerning my Dad.
For background, my dad has been in declining health for the past several years, mostly Parkinson's disease. AFAWK, much of it was brought on because of his alcohol abuse over the…
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Many people I know play Dungeons and Dragons as a hobby. I really started to think about it the other day and I realized that It played an integral role in shaping my mind to think more rationally, even though it deals with mostly fantasy aspects of fiction.
I started playing when invited and enjoyed making characters and trying out new voices and pretending to have the different attitudes of the characters I was portraying (not as serious as it sounds, just a bunch of guys sitting…
What interests me most about people who believe in an after life, is that most of them believe that the brain has some control over our functions. Tell them that a person can no longer talk, read, write, reason properly, or remember things due to a brain injury (i.e the damage to/death of part of the brain) and they will understand, and accept the science behind it. However, when the brain completely dies, and therefore so does the human being,…Continue
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Nevermind crazy pseudo-theocratic North Korean regimes that wish to invade them using incursion tunnels. Nevermind that this extremely isolationist rogue state has nukes and rocketry advanced enough to deliver certain nuclear incineration death anywhere in their country.
Some South Korean…Continue
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Added by Reason Being on April 24, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments
Spring is here, the lambs are in the fields, bluebells in the woods, sunshine and daffs. Absolutely beautiful, and little wonder that I hear and read grateful proclamations of the wonders of God's creation by the well meaning. But putting beauty to our eyes aside, is there not a huge chunk of reality missing?…Continue
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Added by Bradley Freeman on April 23, 2012 at 9:06pm — No Comments
First, I suggest that those interested in what science has to say about morality read Sam Harris's, "The Moral Landscape."
Envision a World Without Science:
Aztecs used to rip out people's hearts to ensure that the sun would rise the next day. Druids would burn people in wicker men or throw them into peat bogs to make the crops fertile once more.
This kind of superstitious, horrific behavior was due to the fact that people had no idea how…
Added by Wyatt on April 23, 2012 at 5:17pm — No Comments
There's more fantastic non-crazy news here in Quebec when it comes to secularism to brighten your Monday. The head of the regional health agency forced Narconon, a …Continue
Can the Bible Provide Us with A Good Moral Compass?
The Old Testament gives mandates for slavery, the subjugation of women, and the killing of other tribes of people. The New Testament gives a mandate that women must subjugate themselves to their husbands. Women are told to be subordinate to men. Also, slaves are told to be patient with their masters, even if their masters are cruel. And let's not forget the morally questionable idea of vicarious redemption,…
Added by Wyatt on April 23, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments
I was apparently, at least to the casual observer, Raptured over the weekend. The casual observer in this case was my Significant Other. Having gotten up briskly instead of lying around in a sprawled stupor like she was, I decided to go hiking in the local mountains after completing my computing chores. This meant I needed to change shorts, and I left the first pair on in her pink leather office chair, draping them over the seat in a manner that suggested, to a certain…Continue
What does it mean to make a rational decision in a complex and dynamic environment?
A rational decision is one that is not just reasoned, but is also optimal for achieving a goal or solving a problem. In everyday life, we must deal with probabilities, varying degrees of certainty in a complex world. Rational decisions therefore necessarily involve some form of probabilistic reasoning. This may take the form of an inductive inference. Rational decisions are based on inferences…
Added by Wyatt on April 23, 2012 at 11:51am — No Comments
A well-meaning (but misguided) co-worker just gave me a poem intended to be hung in our baby's room. It's called "Day Old Child", written by Carol Lynn Pearson, and it's all about how a new mother can't wait for her baby to grow up so she can tell him all about God. Looks like one for the recycle bin...
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