May 2010 Blog Posts (199)

What Drives Us - Dan Pink

Whoever it was who posted Barbara Ehrenreich's piece on the fallacy of positive thinking, I want to thank him/her for that ... because in so doing, I ran onto another piece done by the same YouTube contributor, RSA Animate, this time on the concept of drive and what works in motivating people.



I think about this particularly as regards the financial meltdown and the association with Wall Street and megabucks and the current financial separation between the guys doing the work and the… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on May 24, 2010 at 8:58am — 3 Comments

Musical Trends?

The following developed out of an online discussion, elsewhere. I wondered what others thought about the subject, so I'm blogging it here.


It's funny how there's a virtually infinite number of ways to combine musical notes into a song, yet only a select few styles and genres dominate popular music at any given time. Until the advent of free (or pirated) .MP3 music files, I used to think the limited variety of popular music was due to record labels and… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on May 23, 2010 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

The Maintenance Engineer by Steve Nelson (Just a few excerpts, please enjoy)

At the edge of the Galaxy a huge starship cruises serenely.

... Unaware of a…

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Added by Steve Nelson on May 23, 2010 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Rand Paul, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Turning Back the Clock

In the early 60s, I entered Texas Christian University as a freshman, and learned that this Christian Church-subsidized institution in Fort Worth, Texas required six hours -- two semesters -- of Judeo-Christian religion, the Old Testament first semester; the New, the next. While I found that I enjoyed these courses and in fact took another six hours of comparative religion the following year, it began to dawn on me that this was a place for the privileged. Only on scholarships (many for sports)… Continue

Added by James M. Martin on May 23, 2010 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

The "Religious" Police met their match and "She" ain't happy...

I’ve been told that Saudi Arabia is the most sexually repressed countries in the world. I believe it.

A friend of mine who is a women set up a page on one of the social networking sites. The company has sites around the world. She did it as a lark. A joke. On languages she spoke she checked almost every box listed. She was a little creative with her profile and picture.

She toyed with it for a few days and went off to do something else. Well she came back to check it after about a… Continue

Added by Rick on May 23, 2010 at 3:35am — 1 Comment

The Myth of Good and Evil: From Hitler to Mother Teresa

(Reprinted from my blog HERE)



These days, the archetypes of good and evil in our society are Mother Teresa and Hitler, respectively. If you start with these two as the paradigms, it becomes pretty easy to figure out what "Good" and Evil" are really all about.



I admit that I have never met Adolf Hitler. Fortunately for this blog post, however, I have met Mother Teresa. It was in… Continue

Added by William Hopper on May 23, 2010 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Evolution of Society

In a recent interview with Bill O'Reilly, Sarah Palin made a statement that it is "quite clear" that the founding fathers intended our government to make laws based on the Bible [http://is.gd/c0c3F].



In addition, she stated that the Constitution acknowledges that our inalienable rights come from God, not man:

I have said all along that America is based on Judeo-Christian beliefs and, you know, nobody has to believe me…

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Added by deletedsoul on May 22, 2010 at 11:38pm — 3 Comments

Am I Religious?

In a recent comment on my Facebook page, I stated that I have no religion. A response to that from a friend asserted that my beliefs and worldview (atheism, humanism, etc.) were indeed a religion, because I believe there is no god. Here was my response. I've left out a few portions that were specific to the conversation, but this was the gist:



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"Is atheism a religion?" inevitably turns into a discussion of semantics, and I hate arguing semantics - but here goes.… Continue

Added by deletedsoul on May 22, 2010 at 11:35pm — 6 Comments

Computer Security For Fundamentalist Christians

For those of you who don't already know, AiG stands for Answers in Genesis, a popular creationist website. For comedic purposes I have chosen to confuse it with a popular anti-virus program, resulting in the following:

Added by feralboy12 on May 22, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

The United States of America

I was raised in an evangelical Christian family and I was taught that the U.S. is God's chosen country of today, i.e. the best nation. That thought lingered in my mind even during 35 years of closeted atheism.



It was only after I studied religion objectively 3 months ago that it dawned on me that the U.S. is not the best, far from it. The U.S. takes after the Old Testament God: it is an arrogant, egotistical asshole. We say we have the best ideas and we impose them on others, which… Continue

Added by Rudy Ruddell on May 22, 2010 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Please help this important women's rights documentary get made!



Readers, you may have recently noticed on my sidebar a plea to help to Brooklyn-based filmmakers, Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, raise funds for their documentary "Trust Women," which takes a look at Dr. LeRoy Carhart and Dr. Warren Hern, two of the last physicians in the country who continue to perform late-term abortions. Whether they realize it or not, the directors are documenting the tale of two American doctors who stand up to terrorism everyday. I had the chance… Continue

Added by Billy Deaton on May 22, 2010 at 6:04pm — No Comments

An open challenge to Joe Cienkowski

Joe Cienkowski is a young-Earth creationist. He insists that, in his book, he has proven Darwinian evolution by means of natural selection is a false science.



Myself and many other people on twitter have, for the past week, given him a simple challenge: To make an executive summary of his findings available for peer review.



If he can debate on some cogent points, which genuinely bring a new angle to this issue, I have promised him a pride of place banner-ad on my blog,… Continue

Added by Jim Gardner on May 22, 2010 at 2:57pm — 2 Comments

Traps and the Moral Landscape

Note: this article is a bit long... that's not something I expected when I write down the first few words. The first and foremost purpose if this blog post is for guys and gals from other countries to get to know something that is going on in my country. It is not a very religious one (well, maybe except those 10 years of political upheaval and total disregard of reason and the real world), but it is certainly rife with and sometimes narcissistic about its traditions.



Also,…

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Added by Mieu on May 22, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Minarets and Mayhem

Minarets are causing a lot of flack in countries like Switzerland and Germany these days, and rightly so. A referendum in Switzerland actually banned the construction of these Muslim spires, citing their “non-Swiss” architecture as reason. While I fully endorse anything that bans religious architecture– be it a Muslim spire or a Catholic basilica–I understand that we have to find a way to live together without killing each other. To get along, we have to make concessions.… Continue

Added by William Hopper on May 22, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Our Right to Religious Intolerance.



Listen up theists, mocking or criticizing your religion is not "intolerance."



You have never been shy about preaching to everyone how wrong/immoral/destructive it is to not believe in your God and your

religion.



I defend your right to hold those opinions, but don't cry intolerance and victimization when we voice ours too.



Disagreement is… Continue

Added by J Burgoyne on May 21, 2010 at 10:48pm — 5 Comments

The Lone Star State





A bit of disturbing news on this side of the pond.


In the USA, Texas, has adopted a new social studies curriculum.


"AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas…
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Added by Andrew Lafont on May 21, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Emma the Amish Girl and the practice of Rumspringa

Records search for Google trends today was topped by "Emma the Amish girl" who is presently working as a model. She was a guest on the Howard Stern show discussing about the Amish lifestyle. However with her outfit that knight (definitely revealing) I really doubt it then again.



The Amish community has this practice called the Rumspringa where an Amish youth, at the age of 16, is given a chance to enjoy the outside world from clothing to food to even vices. A documentary film called… Continue

Added by Madeline Pedder on May 21, 2010 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

Religion: Three kinds of impossible

There are three types of impossible:
1. Statistically impossible, as in "It could be true once in a trillion billion times." This is the basis for agnosticism.…
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Added by Ian on May 21, 2010 at 11:13am — No Comments

LAYMAN IGNORANCE

http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/health-care/3586-psychiatry-enters-dangerous-territory



According to an article in the New American:…



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Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on May 21, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tithing for Reason

One of the big advantages that religion has over the greater atheist/Humanist community is money. Christians are used to supporting and funding the propagation of their message. Many Christians even donate “their last dollar” to further “God’s Work.” In this world, money talks and so we need to start tithing for reason.



In the free market of ideas, there is little doubt that Humanist ideas are vastly superior to religious ideas. Religious people know it too and that is why it has… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on May 21, 2010 at 10:25am — 8 Comments

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