December 2008 Blog Posts (251)

More storms predicted

In discussing the most likely effects of a warming climate shift, tropical storms have been a weak link. The thermomechanics controlling formation and evolution of tropical cyclonic storms - hurricanes and typhoons - are ridiculously complicated. Predictions are very hard to make, and require loads of data that take decades to gather.... but there's no way to rush the weather.



Tropical storms are formed ultimately by temperature differences between the tropics and the higher… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 27, 2008 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Book recomendations please!

My brother gave me a book store gift card for xmas and I never get to buy books so I'm excited. I'd really appreciate any recommendations. Books for freethinkers or otherwise.

Added by Krista on December 27, 2008 at 3:40pm — 10 Comments

Our Dogmas, Their Dogmas

We Atheists have no dogma that I am aware of, beyond the definition of atheist... Of course, "atheist" is a self label and can neither be officially forced onto another nor branded...no matter what the Communist Party, or Christians think.





Besides the numerous theologies found within the Bible, over which denominations form and fragment, there are at least two semi-external dogmas...

The Triune Dogma of God and the Triune Dogma of the Bible.



"God is omniscient,… Continue

Added by j on December 27, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Gott Mit Uns!

taken from my blog



Earlier this morning I went with some friends to see “Valkyrie”. My extremely religious friend was unable to tag along, but I wonder if he would have given this any thought. When Hitler survives the assassination attempt (again) he goes on the radio and talks about how this is proof that god is protecting and guiding him, and by extension guiding Nazi Germany.



Hitler used this to reinforce the idea that… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on December 27, 2008 at 3:15pm — 5 Comments

bill myers

i just saw rigligulous (FROM BILL MYERS )its not bad but bill needs to bone up on more facts , he doesn't have the debating skills of a true atheist , he needs too open the bible more often lol isn't that ironic hAHAHAHA.

mike

Added by michelliberty on December 27, 2008 at 11:36am — 5 Comments

My Windmill!

One of the things my grandparents left me with was a game to keep busy on road trips. Back in the days before DVD players and books(before I knew you could read a book for fun), We'd spend the trip scanning the passing countryside looking for windmills. Living in central Texas, the windmills you see in the movies are still in use. Gray metal devices used to pump water to cattle troughs without the need of electricity. We'd scan from left to right out of the car windows and exclaim, “My… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on December 27, 2008 at 6:29am — 1 Comment

Introducing the Yuletide Foundation

Please have a look at Yuletide Foundation; Toward a Civic (& Secular) Observance of Winter Solstice: http://tinyurl.com/jultid



This is a proposal for a secular celebration of Winter Solstice meant to be used across society, but especially in the public forum; say goodbye to the preference of Christianity but also to the antiseptic use terms like "Holiday Tree" (which one?). Designed for English-speaking societies, but the idea can easily be… Continue

Added by Darwin Penda on December 26, 2008 at 11:59pm — 3 Comments

Personal Take #2

On July 1, 1993 I went up close and personal with a mini van doing 35 M.P.H vs. my crossing a street it was not pretty and I lost. Yeah I was run over messed up pretty good but I was aware enough to see but moving and laughing hurt lots. Anyway laying in the street rather battered with spinal and head injuries I was lucky I worked for the level one trauma center I was soon to be in. Thing is at that moment of impending death I did not see the light...I saw well Nikes! I kid you not it made me… Continue

Added by Michael S on December 26, 2008 at 10:31pm — 6 Comments

Louis CK Learns the Truth About the Catholic Church

not the funniest thing he's ever done, but relevant to this community.

http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=VABSoHYQr6k&feature=related

Added by markystar on December 26, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Pray The Rent

Would it violate your ethics to pay your rent in prayer?

This story should boggle the mind.

Added by Fr33think3r on December 26, 2008 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

My First Post (Be Gentle!)

I posted this on my personal blog I just started recently and thought I'd share it here too. Since it was written as an introduction to myself as the first post there, I thought it fitting to use as an introduction to myself here an A|N as well.



It isn't very poetic and probably not even well written. I've been cursed with the ability to have a ton of ideas flowing through my head and being unable to put them down on paper... even virtual paper. None the less, here it… Continue

Added by Douglas Christensen on December 26, 2008 at 3:48pm — 4 Comments

A few scattered ideas...this is my scratch pad...(12/18/2008)

Comment / Help if you are reading this bs...it's all in a draft state right now. We are all so narcissistic. People are too self absorbed...







The GOP is the party of Social Darwinism... think about it.



Issue two: hypothetically there are atheists who reject evolution on the basis that it is scientific dogma. Evolution is not dogma, nor a religion, but whatever.



Finally: There IS a way to disprove the God of the Bible. I said "God of the Bible" on… Continue

Added by j on December 26, 2008 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

MARTE: building a better life-detector

A special issue of the peer-reviewed research journal Astrobiology just came out, and it makes interesting reading for those who care about finding life elsewhere in the universe. All the papers of this special issue are devoted to aspects of the Mars Astrobiology Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE), a project to design and test a remote sampling construct that can detect key geochemical features and markers useful in the hunt for… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 26, 2008 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Thanks to all the feedback re the survey; we're soon to start the fun part

Well, I really like the fact that the survey edged over 8,000 responses yesterday. Just think of it: all those atheists making a statement on Xmas!



Thanks to everyone -and there have been many- who gave feedback on some of the specific questions and the overall survey. In retrospect, there are a few questions that could have been reworded and some response options that could have been more inclusive, etc. I will use all of this feedback in the long version of the article where I talk… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on December 26, 2008 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Morality.

Morality is a consideration among the living about that which affects survival.

A rock can have no morality.

So that which exists among the living may be said to carry knowledge which assists in it's survival. At it's root, this knowledge is bicameral. Inherited knowledge is instinctual, non-volitional, part of homeostasis. Learned knowledge is empirical, fact based, gained in a learning curve by a theoretical and practical synthesis. These are two distinct intrinsic components of… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on December 26, 2008 at 4:30am — 8 Comments

GoodSearch

I just want to encourage everyone to use GoodSearch.



I'm using it to support the Center for Inquiry. Other good choices would be Planned Parenthood and Wikipedia.



From the page: "GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users... You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The… Continue

Added by Melanie on December 26, 2008 at 3:38am — 3 Comments

Personal Take

Thanks to member Tedster and for inviting me here. So now I want to point out some major concerns those deviant variations of the fundamentalist Christian Churches members teach in fact what I call the Jim Jones answer to faith if we cannot solve it here we will solve it in heaven join me even if I have to kill you movement.

This for me is a personal take my brother-in-law was of fundamental faith also somewhat unstable and suicidal. I know this because of court documents there are a… Continue

Added by Michael S on December 26, 2008 at 1:06am — 1 Comment

Mary Gordon On Moral Fiction

In a search around the Web while I procrastinate and contemplate my relationship with a man who seems sometimes a Christian fundamentalist to me, I came across this lovely piece by Mary Gordon wherein she describes the importance of literature to civilization's moral make-up. (Though my dear one's occasional bouts of fundamentalism worry me, his erudition and love of ideas have led me in intellectually enriching directions. For that I… Continue

Added by Lee Roberts on December 25, 2008 at 12:03pm — 4 Comments

No Brain Activity Required For Church



I wanted to share this with you. A new study shows that the brain shuts down when someone experiences transcendence. Well, the right parietal lobe, to be exact. That part of the brain also helps with the ability to do math. So that might explain why religious folks have trouble with the difference between 4.5 Billion years and 6,000 years. LOL!



EDIT: the study that shows that… Continue

Added by Neece on December 25, 2008 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

Other Reasons to Celebrate December 25



In the lunacy of the yuletide, many other items of interest can be lost. The first, of course, is the winter solstice, which has moved through the centuries from December 25 to December 21. Allow me to mention a few others here.



December 25, 2008 marks the 100th Birthday of The Naked Civil Servant himself, Quentin Crisp (1908-1999), who wrote the following:…

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Added by NH Baritone on December 25, 2008 at 10:19am — 5 Comments

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