Riddle me this:
I stand before a counter with several types of food on it. I am hungry but I am currently not eating. Thermodynamics dictates that I will continue not eating until acted on by a force or forces. How do I generate the energy to choose a specific item and eat it?
I'll give you a hint: it's a trick question.
When it comes to things Christian, religious bias runs through nearly every major poll conducted in the United States, whether it comes from Gallup, PEW or the Barna Research Group, the numbers are often misleading, confusing or just plain wrong!
Surveys regarding religious issues are not broken out by faith groups such as Catholics, Methodists or Mormons, instead it is done by subdivisions such as born-again, non-born-again, evangelical, fundamentalist and other…Continue
Someone shared this link with me today. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/is-jesus-christ-a-socialist/
It's a good read but the best part was the poll at the bottom of the article:
"Do you think Jesus was a socialist?"
If you have a minute, cast your vote today!
It's a pipe dream. Still, there's no harm in spreading it around. The more people that see it, the better the chances that some of them will say something…Continue
Added by Honjii Li on August 17, 2011 at 2:16pm — No Comments
Some serious food for thought from the daily beast (Sam Harris linked me to the original blog)... http://coffeelovingskeptic.com /?p=665
Added by Tony Ryan on August 17, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments
Thankfully, the UN has removed some of the legal barriers stifling open criticism of religious dogma.
Ideally religion itself would be listed under criminal fraud activity ;)
Hopefully you can read that.
I'm not sure how to respond. If anyone can help, I'd greatly appreciate it.
These charts from USA Today show changes over a recent five-year period, by affiliation. Christianity is losing, secularism is gaining, and the knuckle-draggers are rapidly displacing the "mainline" and Catholic churches.
Imagine that you build a robot and programme it with all the same inputs that people have nowadays then weight the inputs for selfish gene vehicles; greatest benefit at lowest cost.
2.1 million, thefts, robberies and crimes against vehicles were reported in 10/11. 221,000 were charged. The home office reported that about 77% are convicted. The maximum sentence is 7 years for theft, so we’ll assume 3.5 years as the likely sentence.
So if you’re a thief and…Continue
It's not really hard to see when something is wrong....
“I do feel bad people had to die,” said Asep Setiadi, 40, as he headed out to his rice field. “But I’m grateful that they’re finally gone.”
What a lucky day. By chance i found something that obviously escaped my notice before and which i haven't found much reported in the media either.
Already last month the UN issued a statement concerning the freedom of speech in relation with the human rights convention.
Here is the good part (emphasis mine):
48. Prohibitions of displays of lack of respect for a…
Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on August 16, 2011 at 4:04am — No Comments
This post is prompted by some discussions among members of a local atheist group about building an atheist community.
My ideas orignate from several months of thought on the subject of community. A recent discussion thread in the groups online forum included descriptions of an Oregon-based community youth church, comments about the Flatirons Community Church (currently the second largest church in Colorado, based on weekly attendance), and another member's advocacy for recreating…Continue
Added by Jim Mo. on August 15, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments
So, I'm in the process of transferring some of my blog posts from my other blog to here because they're of sufficient merit--in my estimation anyway--to warrant reproduction here. Also, they happen to tease out some of my personality and thoughts on matters people skimming my newly minted presence here might find useful in the way of understanding my disposition on certain matters. Here is a post I wrote about a month ago on an interview between Abbie Smith (ERV from…Continue
As my regular readers are well-aware, my impetus to start blogging came on the heels of the nontroversy known as ElevatorGate, begun by the emotionally crippled and mentally deficient Rebecca Watson (elsewhere christened by me as Twatson - a name that's caught on big time I dare say!). One of my first acts as a newly minted blogger was to write an allegory of why elevatorgate is nontroversial. Namely, in that discomfort in certain situations (and even apprehension at or outright fear of)…Continue
Again, from my other blog: www.integralmath.blogspot.com
I'd like to thank anonymous (not sure if it's "the" anonymous) for bringing to my attention a blog post I've somehow managed to either miss completely, or forget that I read. (Hey, drugs aren't great for the memory -mmkay?) At any rate, the events in question here happened during a TAM event. Now, I know that the Nanny Ophelia & crowd are going to read this and…Continue
This is from my personal blog on blogspot - www.integralmath.blogspot.com
I have a breaking news bulletin: if there exists some method--irrespective how obscure, or nearly impossible to be found--to take what is at most a cheesy/almost possibly creepy hello and transmogrify that plum nearly gauche faux pas into some abject, intellectually deficient reason to lecture someone*, somewhere on…Continue
Added by The Justicar on August 15, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments
What Dread Sorcery is this?