June 2010 Blog Posts (130)

It seems that the formation of our universe was like a winning lotto number

I have been curious about the multi-verse theory of how our universe came to be so I did some reading. At the following website, I discovered that the general consensus is that universes are created by black holes. When a star collapses into unimaginable density and a black hole is formed, the laws of nature are destroyed and new laws are formed.… Continue

Added by Rudy Ruddell on June 6, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Pursuit of truth #3

Continuation #3 Now it's the 21st century; there is a crack of light piercing the collective ignorance of Homo sapiens. Vast numbers of just regular "Joes and Janes" are wondering, or outright asking, "Where has God gone?" To them it's tantamount to admitting he was never here in the first place. While this question is not yet cognitive rejection of mysticism, it is a clear rejection of the literal beliefs about God, faith, bible, etc. More and more the answer shows that that a very large…

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Added by robert a clapp on June 6, 2010 at 1:41pm — No Comments

on Acceptance of Inequality

Yesterday, at a BBQ in a park with some people I've never met before, a guy was talking about his holiday in India. During the story he expressed his admiration for the acceptance of people in lower castes in regards to their social status.


I almost lost it completely, to me the acceptance of their inequality is a major reason why this inequality still exists. In large parts of the world the situation of the lower classes did not improve until they became vocal and demanded…
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Added by Rob van Senten on June 6, 2010 at 11:43am — 8 Comments

Belief Blog

Maybe this has always been on CNN's web site and I have missed it. I can be be fairly oblivious sometimes but yesterday I noticed something that just jumped out at me. CNN has a Belief Blog right on the front page of their web site. I was stunned.



I know CNN has a short religious segment on Sunday mornings. I expect that type of show on Sunday's (for now), however, it appears they are expanding their coverage of the supernatural and it bothers me.



Maybe I'm overreacting, and… Continue

Added by Will Cardenas on June 6, 2010 at 5:21am — 2 Comments

I'll pray for you

How many times a day do you hear that? I get so tired of explaining that I don't believe in god, I don't believe in prayer and you are actually insulting me with your "well, I'll pray for you anyway" comments.



Christians think they are the only ones who have a right to feel insulted when it comes to all matters religious. Why is that?



I compare this to smokers vs non-smokers. My husband is a smoker and I have never been. For a very short period of time after we were married… Continue

Added by Jes Frazier on June 5, 2010 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

NO WOO ALLOWED!

I talked to my boyfriend Scott's mother this morning. She had seen me on facebook and called later on when I told her we'd be home, but Scott was not up yet so I chatted with her for a while.

Scott's parents are deeply christian but they are a type of christian I find mostly tolerable. While their deity and church activities are a focal point in their lives, they don't actively push their beliefs on other people. When his mom or dad talks about god or church or praying…

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Added by Tak G. on June 5, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Pursuit of truth continues---

This is the continuation from yesterdays entry: Theist's final answer. By some form of a priori reductionism we must arrive at God. I'm sorry I even asked. How silly of me. All I had to do was read Aquinas or ask a local priest, if he's not to busy getting his "jollies" with children. What this deductive lunacy actually concludes is: Because a witchdoctor, Rev. Pauly, had a fetish for watches and knew they required a watchmaker ---Ergo we found God! What this false, self-serving logic proves…

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Added by robert a clapp on June 5, 2010 at 9:48am — No Comments

Abstinence: The Real No Intelligence Allowed

(Cross-posted from my wordpress blog. Originally posted on January 17, 2010.)



I stole the title of an awful movie for an equally awful concept.



The previous Monday began my first day of high school abstinence... I can barely bring myself to call it "education." That would imply that the program is somehow deserving of being called education, that it somehow teaches something. I think I'll just have to…
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Added by Piper on June 4, 2010 at 9:44pm — 12 Comments

Pursuit of truth.

I believe the best way for me to "add content" is to present a portion from my book: "EVERY MAN AND WOMAN AN ISLAND, The Individual Human Being As PRIME In The Universe." (published by Trafford and listed on Amazon.) Then, periodically I could add additional portions pertinent to atheism (aka non-theism or anti-theism.) This first entry comes from chapter eight starting with a quote from novelist/philospher Ayn Rand, "Theism's myth declares that he ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge--he… Continue

Added by robert a clapp on June 4, 2010 at 3:02pm — No Comments

The Benefits of Ballrooms - Why Attend a Humanist Conference?

I type this entry as I sit on the runway at Boston-Logan Airport, about to take to the sky for a 6 hour journey to San Jose. I will be traversing a distance of almost

2700 miles. If I were to go 600 miles farther, and in a different direction, I

could be in London, my hometown – this is a…

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Added by James Croft on June 4, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

"Is This It?" Awesome Atheist/Science Video

What Julie asked Richard. from Embiggen Books on Vimeo.



I've been to quite a few freethought conferences and events this year and this has been my favourite one to date. I'm so glad it's up on video now so that I can share it.…
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Added by Chrys Stevenson on June 4, 2010 at 7:35am — No Comments

Splice

Just saw Splice. =3 It was entertaining and the imagery was excellent, but it fell short of any sort of poignant message. I could certainly suspend disbelief for roughly two hours to enjoy the sci-fi/creature feature. Side stories were touched on but never fully explained, and as any good creature feature does, it ran smack into absurdity several times... which is totally okay to laugh at.



Unless you're the herd of pigs that sat behind me in the theatre and talked and laughed the whole… Continue

Added by Piper on June 4, 2010 at 2:27am — No Comments

The Evil of Machines

Machines make our lives easier. That is not an evil, per se, but more of an opening statement of fact. I am alive thansk to modern medical technology, and I am certain I am not alone. I like progress. I like technology. This is not an anti-technology rant.

It is a wake up…

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Added by Nightfall on June 4, 2010 at 12:48am — 3 Comments

Fun Quiz: Who's that Fundamentalist?

How's your trivia skills where quotes from religious leaders is concerned? I've created a quiz that attempts to demonstrate how fundamentalism is essentially the same no matter what religion the fundamentalist belongs to. Check it out here.

Added by Atheist Exile on June 4, 2010 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

What is it like to live with an electric car?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/10138911.stm

"I heard about it through my son whose best friend works in the plant," he says, and being the sort of guy who enjoys messing abount in battery-powered boats or racing electric buggies around the garden, Mr Beesley knew he had to get involved.

"If you want something, you'll go for it, don't you?" he grins.

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on June 3, 2010 at 9:44pm — 1 Comment

(EXPLICIT) Mondo Diablo Episode 256: Boys Can't Make Their Own Sandwiches. I Know Because I Saw it on TV.





Lately, I've been interacting more with people of the ages I shouldn't be voluntarily interacting with--in my leisure time. Oh, I don't mean you, dear friends, my dear young friends--you know who you are--who are so far superior to HUMAN young people that the thought of them makes you yawn and retch simultaneously--and that's a monumental task. No, I'm talking about that wretched Facebouf. You know the… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on June 3, 2010 at 8:34pm — 1 Comment

The Fundamentals of Extremism, The Xtian Right in America,



This may be dated yet telling info:



"I have just read this brilliant book . . . almost without a break, and I am stunned and horrified . . . ." -- Richard Dawkins, Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, author of Unweaving the Rainbow




~ Onward Freethinking Americans:



Paperback: 288 pages, hardcover 'edition' too?

Publisher: New Boston… Continue

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on June 3, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Sometimes I can't decide if you're a really bad Christian, or a really good one

It's a popular topic, in my neck of the woods, the sort of thing people like to titter and gossip about: who's a good Christian, and who isn't. It seems, though, that the more 'Christian love' I'm subjected to, though, the harder time I have differentiating between just who is a bad Christian, or a really good one.



This post will probably ultimately turn out to be half stream-of-consciousness, half rant, rather than any sort of significant prose on the issue, but never… Continue

Added by Piper on June 3, 2010 at 7:50pm — 11 Comments

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