October 2013 Blog Posts (34)

Straddling the fence on superstition

My first choice, when I rag on religion, is Judaism, just because I know it first-hand.  Of course, there's always more to learn.  Through my current wife, I became aware of what goes on in Jewish enclaves/ghettos (depends on who's herding Jews together, Jews or gentiles) -- the threats, the ostracism, the mind control, the obsession with ritual (these people REALLY observe all the Sabbath and milk/meat separation rules, and it is a major…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 31, 2013 at 1:00pm — 26 Comments

Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious [Book Review]

Faitheist is a new book by humanist and interfaith promoter, Chris Stedman. Bearing the full title, Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, promises an interest read filled with personal revelation regarding the intersection atheism and religion, a task that seems…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 31, 2013 at 9:30am — 21 Comments

Some of my favorite Quotes



"Blind faith is an ironic gift."…
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Added by AudreyRuma on October 30, 2013 at 10:42pm — 7 Comments

New Definition of Theism: Highly Contaminated Mindware

Firstly some definitions:

Mindware: Essentially a collection of tools we use to think with or make decisions.

These include, Information or Data and Methods of applying these.

Contaminated Mindware: Essentially incorrect or misleading data, often from bad or heavily biased sources and which lacks any form of reliable or independently verified…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on October 30, 2013 at 7:25pm — 7 Comments

The dysfunctional relationship between skeptics and true believers

I question what I'm told, a great deal - so I could be called a skeptic.  I'm not a devotee of any pseudoscience and I agree with a great deal of what is said by skeptics. 

But the skeptical blogs and skeptical commentary online, and magazines like Skeptical Inquirer, are very far from the skeptical ideal of rational questioning.  There's a lot of ridicule.  For example, Orac on the…

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Added by Luara on October 30, 2013 at 1:00pm — 24 Comments

Are Atheists Male Chauvinists?

In the blog where to start Philosophy studies, a woman wrote Philosophy was patriarchal. I found this disturbing since I have believed one of the greatest characteristics of Atheism was its disconnection from ideologies that could justify sexism. I would like to believe, as an Atheist, I have treated women as complete equals.

At a staff meeting, at a school I taught at, I suggested reading Condorcet's 'The Nature and Purpose of Public Instruction" where Part 4 starts with the section…

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Added by Peter Martin Page on October 29, 2013 at 8:53am — 20 Comments

Money is NOT evil

Recently a person who shall remain nameless made to me an argument stating that money is bad, nay, EVIL. I will not bother to detail this person or their argument further except to say that this is what inspired what I'm about to say. So let's start off by insulting almost everyone who will read this.

It is a fact that most Americans are clueless about money. I know this because data illustrates it: right now (October 2013)…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 29, 2013 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

A Poser for Those Here Assembled...

Seen on a Daily Kos comment page:

GOP Wars against: Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Immigrants, Mexicans, Blacks, Gays, Women, Unions, Workers, Unemployed, Voters, Elderly, Kids, Poor, Sick, Disabled, Dying, Lovers, Kindness, Rationalism, Science, Sanity, Reality.



And here I am, still wondering if the commenter missed something.  Did he?

Added by Loren Miller on October 28, 2013 at 4:22pm — 7 Comments

Why I oppose capital punishment

"Only the state shall kill" Scanners live in vain, by Cordwainer Smith.

Here I will present a few brief arguments against the capital punishment.

Argument #1: Not a deterrent.

There is no correlation whatsoever that the death penalty makes people less likely to commit capital crimes. In fact, areas of the United States that do not institute capital punishment actually have a lower crime rate. [1]

Argument #2: More valuable alive…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 28, 2013 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

You Must Watch This! Click the link at the bottom of the page!!!!!!

Science Finally Proves It:

Prayer Changes Your Brain

in 4 Astonishing Ways . . .

Millions of Americans believe prayer works. . . Yet the mainstream media tends to avoid the subject altogether.

But our Mind Health…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 27, 2013 at 7:36pm — 27 Comments

Mean Spirits in Texas

With the exception of Alaska, Texas is the largest state in the Union and has a population of over 25 million. Texas also has the highest number of uninsured residents in the entire United States with over a fourth, or 6 million, of its residents lacking healthcare insurance.

Houston has the dubious distinction…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 27, 2013 at 7:09pm — 2 Comments

Politics - briefly on choice

Recently I've enjoyed having some conversations with folks here on AtheistNexus who disagree with my anti-government stance and this has led me to write down an explanation of my reasoning. My intent is not persuasion but explanation and thus while (hopefully) logically sound this post won't be rigorous in coverage or analysis. 

Why am I anti-government? I believe that choice should be exalted whenever possible. To be free is by definition "the absence of necessity, coercion, or…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 27, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 375: The Man-Bear-Pigman Hunts of Newhaven

Witches were not the only Disney characters to be executed in the colonies of the New World. It seems that even men suffered from sexual repression, so Zoophiles and "buggers" were also executed. Well, there are maybe two accounts of women convicted of bestiality. I say "convicted of," not "guilty of." I hear the epithet for these men was "Pigman." Maybe they were worried that the outcome would be…

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Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on October 24, 2013 at 12:18pm — 7 Comments

Free Will Without Dualism

Reductionism

I hope to persuade hard (absolute) determinists that their position is based on a false dichotomy. Determinism does not preclude free will. It's not either/or: there are other possibilities. I am presenting, here, one of those other possibilities. It's a model based on reciprocal causality. It doesn't claim to have proof: we know too little about the brain to prove how any…

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Added by Atheist Exile on October 23, 2013 at 8:00am — 29 Comments

Anselm (of Canterbury) & Thomas Aquinas, Now Just Amusing Naive Loonies?

Catholics and some Protestant Christian groups still quote and stand by the writings of these two , who were once considered wise men, but forget that in worldly knowledge and rationality, they can be beaten now by the average intelligent ten year old, in both knowledge and wisdom.

For Thomas Aquinas:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Aquinas…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on October 23, 2013 at 1:30am — 9 Comments

"Mormonism: “The Big Con?”(pt 3)

Just wrapping up ? "Mormonism: “The Big Con?”(pt 3). http://grumblesfromanoldgrouch.com/mormonism-the-big-con-a-religious-wrong-special-report-pt-3/



This one covers the church's confused (and confusing) race relations, the Zion's Camp fiasco, Joe's Word of Wisdom hypocrisy, the "Book of Abraham" (NOT!) and a romp in the hay with 16 yo Fanny Alger.

Check it out…

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Added by Dave Kilby on October 22, 2013 at 10:02am — No Comments

Sasquatch/Yeti may be a new subspecies of bear

A well-known geneticist, Bryan Sykes has been studying DNA from the Siberian Yeti (Abominable Snowman) and Sasquatch in North America. 

In a  preliminary report, he says the Yeti samples he has matched an ancient polar bear, from when polar bears and brown bears were diverging.  So the Yeti might be a previously…

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Added by Luara on October 17, 2013 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

Travel Blog. Changchun China.

Entering via ipad over unstable connection. So brief, and typos.



Assumed China still censored / prevented access to Nexus. But it does not prevent access here.



The flight is long for me. I fatigue easily. But enjoying this trip.



Staying with in-laws. What sweet welcoming people.



Beijing air is acrid smoky thick. At least, wS yesterday.



Changchun is old big industrial city in Northeast. As different from, say, Hongkong as Detroit or… Continue

Added by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on October 14, 2013 at 5:30am — 29 Comments

UNdeniable

It is no mistake that nearly half of the American population doesn’t attend church as over the past 30 years religion turned intolerant.

“UNChristian,” reveals why it is happening, but surprisingly doesn't recognize the role of Christianity, the group that nurtures them, as a part of the reason for…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 13, 2013 at 9:40pm — 23 Comments

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