I do not watch much TV, I do not like most of it; apart from the news and few enough sitcoms to count on one hand, everything I watch is intended to give me some new piece of information I did not have before.
Typically it isn't useful, but at the very least it is insightful.
This being summer and me being a student, I've had much more time to watch TV than I ever wanted and I've begun to notice some things.
Finding intelligent programming has become… Continue
Added by Louis on July 20, 2009 at 2:30pm —
I just took a look at my profile: I'm twenty-six years old. I turned twenty six on June 19 (BTW thanks to said happy birthday to me at the time!) But now I'm officially on the late side of my twenties! Kinda scary! It's weird when you imagine yourself in your late twenties when you are a kid: a solid family, good job, looking good, with superior knowledge. And then you reached that age and you are not impressed by yourself, but even that I realize is okay!
When I was younger I was a… Continue
Added by Jennifer W on July 20, 2009 at 9:45am —
His name is Boggart (it's a mischief making household faerie indigenous to Scotland) and he's six weeks old. Since moving to Shreveport, Louisiana almost a month ago, things have been rough to say the least. It's to effing hot, there's nothing to do except gamble at the casinos (where I couldn't go even if I wanted to, because you're allowed to smoke in them), the job market SUCKS, and I swear these people aren't even trying to speak English.… Continue
Added by Ariel on July 20, 2009 at 8:02am —
This is the first of what I hope will be several posts discussing common misconceptions about atheism, atheists, religion and the law which are used by theists when they debate us. I will tag all of them as "Rooker Retorts" to make them easy to find.
"The First Amendment gives us freedom of
religion, not freedom from
Chances are, you have seen this quip before somewhere. Whenever secular groups speak out against endorsements of… Continue
Added by Rooker on July 20, 2009 at 5:00am —
Most of us know about imaginary friends, either we had one or have a child with one. As a parent it can be irritating and frustrating to have to feed or lay a table setting for someone who simply isn't there. The child blames the friend for his/her misdemeanours and congratulates them on a painting well done. We are usually told by professionals to just go with the flow as the child will grow out of it.
What are the benefits of imaginary friends? Someone who is… Continue
Added by Ella E on July 20, 2009 at 1:00am —
I just can't get the grips into the spiritual movement! Maybe its too abstract for me! I mean everytime I think about "looking into your soul" its pretty much sounds like me talking to myself in my brain. Logically I think its just total bull. I mean its like a step from believing.
Added by Jennifer W on July 19, 2009 at 7:12pm —
When Dino de Laurentiis announced his production of The Bible
and told the press he had asked John Huston to direct, some thought the choice an odd one. After all, here was a movie-maker whose canon included bleak, misanthropic adventure films (Treasure of the Sierra Madre
), gritty and godless crime molodramas (The Asphalt Jungle
), and jaundiced views of Christian proselytization (The African Queen
). Huston had shown no particular ecumenical zeal nor even for that… Continue
Added by James M. Martin on July 19, 2009 at 6:20pm —
So, apparently I can post shit on A|N. Hot dog! Something to do with my spare time.
I go by Kobra on the interwebz, although that's not my real name. The name really doesn't have any significance to me anymore, since I longer do chatroom RPs. (Clean the filth off your mind. No cybersex.) However, I still use the name to separate internet stuff from personal stuff. It makes things easier.
I'm the author of Kobra's… Continue
Added by Darth Kobra on July 19, 2009 at 5:36pm —
Why do theists think that quoting the bible will change our minds? It obviously didn't already and its not going to. It has no rock hard evidence of anything.
They use scare tactics to get us believe -- saying we're going to Hell for not believing. What do they honestly expect us to do? Say "oh, you're treating me like a gullible child so I better shape up and listen to you." No. It's like their telling us "If you don't believe in Santa, you won't get any presents." Only, there are no… Continue
Added by Hekate Moon on July 19, 2009 at 4:47pm —
Several months ago, we witnessed a tragic spectacle in the news: a nine-year old Brazilian girl was raped, became pregnant, and got an abortion…and the Brazilian Catholic church responded by excommunicating all the participants. One cleric in Rome, Monsignor Rino Fisichella, said the church had been insensitive,
(at the very minimum) but no one in the hierarchy stepped forward to outright condemn the heartlessness of the church's stance and the unfairness of the policy.
Added by Jim DePaulo on July 19, 2009 at 3:46pm —
A great source on Christian mythology (read bullshit) can be found at the well researched site Jesus Never Existed (jesusneverexisted.com). I found the whole issue of Jesus’ alleged birth to be particularly interesting.
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a CITY of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And all went to be taxed, every one into… Continue
Added by Jim DePaulo on July 19, 2009 at 11:39am —
I'll be adding thoughtful blogs soon. Most will be about freethought. Others will be the ramblings of a madman:] Keep coming back as I'll start posting soon.
Added by Morgan Greenwood on July 19, 2009 at 9:51am —
Saw a "documentary" about Noah's stupid ark story and I never thought it before but I must wonder why the architect of the entire universe would even need an ark??? the episode raised more questions than it answered, of course.
Added by Karla on July 19, 2009 at 4:00am —
Exactly what's with xtians not believing global warming is taking place? I have heard this from a few over the last few years and saw one woman on television that would not hear of such a thing, her lord and savior is completely in control of this planet (I'm still laughing at that one) but really now, am I missing something here?
Added by K. Walker on July 19, 2009 at 1:19am —
Added by Ray Shane on July 19, 2009 at 12:39am —
I expressed concern last night in two blogs. First that a new member, a self-professed warlock, was not an atheist. He assured me that he was. He undoubtedly had some strange ideas, but as the only prerequisite for membership on this site is atheism, I suggested that he look at some of our pagan groups or start one of his own.
Soon after, his blog disappeared. I think all of us assumed he had been banned.
Then somebody, I can't remember who, started a blog thanking Nexus… Continue
Added by Chrys Stevenson on July 18, 2009 at 8:00pm —
One of the things that I learned after becoming an atheist is the dearth of religious people, particularly religious moderates, who have read their own holy text.
I've read the Bible, I've read the Talmud, I've read the Koran and Hadith, the Book of Mormon, Buddhist cannon, the Hindu cannon, what passes a Wiccan fundaments, I've read the Chinese philosophies that people confuse as religion; I've read as much as I can find and devoted as much time as I can spare to learning about… Continue
Added by Louis on July 18, 2009 at 4:00pm —
AN: Am I asking for it? Read this here or at Good Reason News
This is a little out of character for this blog, but this guy from the New American
, whatever that is, really needed a logical spanking. You can see several of my posts in the comments there, but I warn you, someone on there… Continue
Added by Billy Deaton on July 18, 2009 at 2:00pm —
From the article:
"This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned."
Added by Ben Q Chappell on July 18, 2009 at 10:57am —
I've just had an encounter with some doorstepping Jehovah's at my dad's house. I sent them packing with my 'I'm an atheist and I'm not prepared to argue with you' speech. Then as I left the house my aunty (lives next door) and 1 of my cousins were on the step. The cousin (a pain in the arse if ever there was one) started asking about the Jehovah's to which I explained what I said. He and the aunty then started going on about how 1 day I'll realise the error of my ways and come… Continue
Added by Anne Halligan on July 18, 2009 at 6:40am —