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On throwing one suffocating starfish on the beach back into the ocean

Srini: What does one have to do to become an atheist cum secular humanist?

Me: There are no conversion or initiation rites to undergo. That happens only in religions. Here you simply give up certain practices. That’s about it. This eases your lifestyle. You do not have to waste all those hours & energies in prayers, bhajans and visits to temples for archanas, sevas, homas and pilgrimages. And the money saved from these can be diverted to deserving charities or as in my case for…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on May 15, 2015 at 6:53am — 2 Comments

Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

Oh! that this were satire! 

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

Andy Borowitz…

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Added by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2015 at 2:05pm — 6 Comments

Abomination

The following is an excerpt from the revised High School with Rudy Giuliani which I made highly autobiographical as I approach the end of life's journey.  It's interesting how patriotic I was in younger days but ever since Spiro Agnew pleaded "Nolo Contendere" my feelings about government and the country did a 180.  This little rant shows why I believe political corruption should be considered one of the most contemptible crimes a person can commit.

From the book:…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on May 9, 2015 at 11:52am — 3 Comments

Nobody Can Show Me God

I’m the kind of guy that says if I don’t see it, then it doesn’t work.  And nobody can show me god.

-- Kerry King, guitarist for Slayer



Doubtless there are believers out there who would label the above statement as simplistic, but boil it down and what’s left is the single biggest reason why religion ultimately will have to either collapse or descend into irrelevance.  Regardless of the tradition or culture it may come from, all concepts of god share one…

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Added by Loren Miller on May 8, 2015 at 12:37pm — 10 Comments

Big Food's Lax Attitude on Water Use Comes at a Cost

Big Food's Lax Attitude on Water Use Comes at a Cost

"Many big-name food brands such as Hershey, Kraft and Perdue are wasting water resources through lax conservation practices and poor planning. And as climate change and other factors amplify the water risks plaguing the food industry, the bottom lines of these companies will suffer unless they change…

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Added by Joan Denoo on May 7, 2015 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Indoctrination: Protecting the Virus

A question I often get asked is how it is that people that would otherwise seem quite smart and logical could maintain irrational beliefs. How is it that my mother, an otherwise brilliant woman, can believe in a talking snake, a god sacrificing himself to himself, or that the biblical flood actually happened? 

Indoctrination.

By bypassing their rational reasoning skills early in childhood regarding this one group of beliefs, and by reinforcing those…

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Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on May 7, 2015 at 12:41am — 9 Comments

Polution: 14 Heartbreaking Photos That Will Inspire You to Recycle

I realize atheism

"is a lack of belief in gods." "Atheists have a lack of belief in gods and supernatural beings." Atheists do not have a common belief system, sacred…

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Added by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2015 at 11:13pm — 4 Comments

Secular intolerence

Secular intolerance

In a recent debate in the house of lords much was said by the religious fraternity regarding the danger of secular intolerance. As amusing as this might seem at a first show a little thought would validate the accusation.

 Religious wars are so commonplace these days that it’s difficult to imagine a newscast that didn’t feature one. All the protagonists are so psychologically hell…

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Added by Gerald Payne on May 5, 2015 at 3:17am — 5 Comments

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You

Added by Hiram on May 4, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Miracles and madness

Religion is probably the single most excuse for violence in the World today.  Everywhere internecine strife is found religious differences are normally the root of the problem. Fundamentalism, denominational differences, and basic religious hatred, is apologised for with statements blaming fanatics and extremists, words of condolence for the peaceful majority who never the less sanctify the very scriptures demanding bloody retribution. The self-…

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Added by Gerald Payne on May 3, 2015 at 5:50am — No Comments

Trial and Error Isn't All That Complicated

"You're an atheist. How can you know right from wrong then if you don't have God to show you?"

I was asked this by a representative of a local Catholic church at a community small business event last night. You know the type of event, where the businesses stay open extra late and let…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on May 2, 2015 at 6:00am — 16 Comments

Sartre Was Right, But Hell Sometimes Has an Endearing Quality

So, awhile back I’m sitting at a booth for the place I work at a largish regional conference. I’m the last guy on the planet that you want to be selling anything (trust me!), but the others are busy with an event of their own. Anyway, I’m sitting at the booth answering questions, handing out stuff, and just…

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Added by Dan Wall on April 30, 2015 at 2:44pm — 2 Comments

A Personal Article on Dealing with Major Depression

http://www.corsairphilosophy.com/2015/04/rough-waters-4-steps-to-navigating.html

4 Steps to Navigating the Rough Waters of Depression

 

After suffering a lifetime of Major Depression, I have found 4 strategies that minimize the damages and maximize…

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Added by Edward Teach on April 27, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

The Padded Cell Of Apologetics

Friend of mine (M. Penn) brought up his increasing frustration with how easily the religious swallow ridiculous doctrine and unhesitatingly apply it to everyday life. He cannot stand how easy it is to live with a mind so warped that even the word "the" might mean that the End of Days will happen by noon time after…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 27, 2015 at 1:10am — 7 Comments

Fascinating article about animal behavioural origins of morality,

One way a theist can guarantee to have me grinding my teeth is by telling me that atheists, by definition, can have no 'moral compass'. This statement, apart from being mind-numbingly offensive, it just so obviously wrong I don't know where to start.

 This article looks at how (especially social) animals enforce a series of rules during play, to avoid injury while practicing necessary life-skills, and then how breaking those rules leads to social consequences. Although it concentrates…

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Added by Anwyn Davies on April 26, 2015 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Meditations #5 - Evolution, The Counterintuitive Reality

To be honest I'm having a moment where I feel a little down. I feel a little down and I feel a little tired. Tired of the same old misconceptions, misunderstandings and misconstruing of views that occurs over and over again.

I'm aware of the fact that as long as I choose to interfere with the never ending debates between religion and science I am going to get exhausted once in a while, and tonight this is that once and it's been a while.

I cannot help but think about…

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Added by Mark Arellius on April 26, 2015 at 5:00pm — 18 Comments

My answer to a friend who felt offended by a comment I made

Hi, XXXXXXX, I am glad, you did not seek to support your claim   (mutual friends contacted him and not me.)  That is a perfect way to maintain helplessness)   Those who contacted you and not me divulge a character that many people have, however, unless and until they confront me, they reveal a victim mentality. You are entirely correct; I did bully you. I have heard that before as well as being arrogant. I confess to both. 

Frankly I don't remember what I wrote to you. If I offended…

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Added by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Meditations #4 - On Intellectuals

Most renowned apologists are highly intellectual and educated; they have a firm grip on their beliefs and have an understanding of their philosophy, whatever they believe to be true.

 

Does that mean that people with a little to no chance of a proper education have a lesser strength of faith and understanding of the same set of beliefs? People who have been poorly educated have (most likely) a poorer understanding than the intellectual apologists.

Just like any apologist…

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Added by Mark Arellius on April 24, 2015 at 4:35am — 8 Comments

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