November 2009 Blog Posts (229)

Is Addiction a Disease?

"Addiction: New research suggests it’s a choice

Drug or alcohol addiction is not a disease, says Harvard psychologist, but a matter of free will"




http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/05/26/addiction-new-research-suggests-its-a-choice/



I find that a lot of what is stated here seems to be reasonable and rational. I for one do not consider addiction a disease, there are others… Continue

Added by Sarah Elle on November 24, 2009 at 5:00pm — 13 Comments

Rethinking faith

If faith means "belief without evidence" - perhaps the religiously pious have cornered the market.



But faith can also mean "confidence in a principle".



We may take calculated risks or rashly forge ahead; but we take them or we stagnate. And, since there are even risks associated with standing still, it seems our hand is forced. Surely, the courageously curious must have some form of faith that allows them to pursue new and useful knowledge in the face of often terrifying… Continue

Added by Howard S. Dunn on November 24, 2009 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Today is the 150th anniversary if the most important publication in the history of man. As i peruse the 200 or so channels available to me there is not a mention of the Charles Darwin or the Origin O…

Today is the 150th anniversary if the most important publication in the history of man. As i peruse the 200 or so channels available to me there is not a mention of the Charles Darwin or the Origin Of Species. I find it hard to believe that not even the FN SCIENCE channel is airing re-runs of Cosmos ( its a show that was made in the 70's) as opposed to dedicating the entire day to the man and his theories (i mean it is the science channel). If it was the 150th anniversary of the catholic church… Continue

Added by Norman Davis on November 24, 2009 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Point of Inquiry

I'll be interviewing with DJ Grothe on Point of Inquiry Wednesday. It should be up on his podcast in the next week or so. Hope you all will listen. Off to New Orleans Dec. 11 to speak to The New Orleans freethinker organization.

Added by Darrel Ray on November 24, 2009 at 12:40pm — 2 Comments

Legislating Blasphemy

THOU SHALT NOT BLASPHEME AGAINST THE LORD THY GOD!



... or some such drivel. Very few of us would have much difficulty imagining such a commandment coming out of the Old Testament, and if I bothered to dig (which I won't!), I could probably find something which approximates that. Proclamations or laws of this sort are the product of autocratic thinking at the least, and dated thought which doesn't reflect a more sophisticated society, which embraces freedom of speech and… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on November 24, 2009 at 8:51am — 4 Comments

How People Preceive Us..........

I just finished reading an article about how one of the characters from the cartoon show, "Family Guy" is going to reveal himself as an atheist.

It's Brian.



http://www.cinemablend.com/television/The-Atheist-s-Dilemna-Family-Guy-Takes-A-Stance-16575.html?dsq=23934634#comment-23934634…

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Added by Rick on November 24, 2009 at 3:46am — No Comments

Rantings of a baby-eating, saten-spawn

Why does it hurt so much to look at a Christian, but cause me to break down when a long time friend turns to Christianity because of neglect and a pessimistic, depressive attitude at life?



Does this hurt because the Holy Spirit is trying to make me see God in my life and is letting me know how wrong I am in life by not doing this?



NO!



I'm a human and I care. I care that my friend has to rely on faith and not truth, God can agree with that one. What… Continue

Added by Christina Crowder on November 24, 2009 at 1:40am — 1 Comment

McShrine

I went to McDonald's for breakfast the other day. I know, I know, but fat and salt are so damn tasty. Anyhow, I collected my food from the counter and walked into the dining area. There was a guy kneeling on the floor with hands clasped in prayer. Well, I assume he was praying, rather than rehearsing for a role as a fluffer. I didn't ask, and he didn't open his mouth, so probably not the fluffer scenario. It's common to see people pray over their meals in restaurants, but this seemed a bit… Continue

Added by Jason Spicer on November 24, 2009 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

Q: What could be better than "Free"?

A: Almost anything.



OK, this one's a major peeve of mine. Free is one of the most deceptive words in the English language, and should really be retired. We need to find something to replace it with. What "free" means is simply that the person who pays for a product or service and the person who consumes it are two different people. This is the idea that made such a mess of the Soviet bloc. It's the reason NASA once paid nearly a million dollars to transport 3 bolts from Texas to… Continue

Added by John C on November 23, 2009 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Welcome to Gardner

I have recently moved to a small town about 25 miles south of Kansas City. My wife and I went to the city hall to sign up for various city maintained utilities (electricity, water). After getting signed up and putting down a deposit, the nice lady behind the counter offered us a 'Welcome to Gardner Kansas' bag filled with various advertisements and coupons to local establishments...oh yeah it included one other thing: a booklet provided by a local baptist church. This particular publication was… Continue

Added by Marshall on November 23, 2009 at 7:33pm — 3 Comments

On a collision course...

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/703301



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http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/world/islamic-nations-pursue-treaty-to-ban-blasphemy-70604142.html







Conflicting quotes from each article, these really stood out to me:



"The Islamic Conference "believes that the… Continue

Added by Sarah Elle on November 23, 2009 at 6:58pm — 8 Comments

my sister hates me

I’m 15, my little sister 10 hates me b/c I’m an atheist and mom and dad get her everything she wants. I do my choirs, I go to school. I’m a good kid and my sister has mom do everything for her ( cook for her, clean up after her, even dress her, put her clothes on and do her homework) and she still gets everything she wants but when I want something ( a new c.d. or book) I don’t get it b/c mom and dad say they don’t have any money ( b/c they spend it all on my sister) and then my sis turns to…

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Added by Atheist Princess on November 23, 2009 at 4:00pm — 17 Comments

Ode to Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

"The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back! It's like you're unraveling a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting..."





Seriously folks, I will get around to posting a real blog, I'm sure after the holiday is over I'll be at my wits end with having to listen to hubby's catholic family pray over every scrap of food we eat.

Mother-in-law informed me… Continue

Added by Mya Randle on November 23, 2009 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

What if Pascal were a real gambler ...

Pascal's wager is lame, as we all know. First, it is lame because the idea that you can truly have faith based on a bet is ludicrous. But, say that it isn't (just go with me on this for the sake of argument).



For example, imagine you are being chased by wolves in a dense fog and your survival instinct kicks in and you run. Suddenly, you find yourself in a narrowing pass where you come to a chasm. In the fog, you cannot tell how deep or wide it is. And you hear the wolves getting… Continue

Added by Howard S. Dunn on November 23, 2009 at 11:06am — 5 Comments

Carrie Prejean

LOL has anyone heard of this Carrie Prejean girl? I don't follow Pagent shows or any of that crap but the she's the Miss California runner up that is a Conservative xtian and... apparently she got mad about religious persecution or some shit like that??



Anyway, all the execs had to do is pop in a sex (masturbation) tape of hers and suddenly her moral credibility was destroyed LOL.



I don't know much about the story, but after a quick google, I see that a whole lot of people… Continue

Added by Johnny on November 23, 2009 at 2:08am — 9 Comments

Sir Francis Galton disproved the efficacy of prayer in 1870

Sir francis Galton was Charles Darwin's cousin and the originator of fingerprinting as a forensic test.



I was in England looking for the family crypt of my mum's Worcestershire based ancestors when I happened upon a crypt marker for Darwin Galton in St. Peter's church, Wooton Wawen. "That's odd," I said to myself, as one does in such common circumstances, "I wonder who that was and if he was related to the Galton who went to my school and'or (Yes, I think Boolean thoughts) that… Continue

Added by Ian on November 22, 2009 at 6:57pm — 1 Comment

My Missing Cat



This is not going to be like my usual entries. I like to update this blog regularly- at least weekly- and I usually do it on Sundays. Today, unfortunately, I don't think I will be able to. My cat, Mango, is missing. I am very worried and a bit too preoccupied to focus on anything else. As we atheists say, please keep Mango and me in your thoughts. Thank you.…



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Added by Christy Gonzalez on November 22, 2009 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Do you celebrate Krismas? Would you like to start?

http://krismas.org/
This looks like a fun place to visit.

Added by Fr33think3r on November 22, 2009 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Obscure scripture reveals 10 new commandments!

This video says it all . .… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on November 22, 2009 at 7:25am — 7 Comments

Do As We Say Or We'll Send You To Hell...... You're Local Catholic Bishop



Well it seems that some “religious” organizations still think that they can control people and rule the world.

I don’t hate to break this to them but it is the year 2009.

That poor Jewish guy that got nailed to a cross, or so we are told, died well over 2009 years ago.

He’s dead.

Deal with it.


The Catholic Church has decided that they, not the American people are… Continue

Added by Rick on November 22, 2009 at 6:16am — No Comments

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