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Darwin at 200

Darwin Day, 2008: the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, founder of evolutionary biology.



Darwin wasn't alone in his discovery of the process of biological evolution; Alfred Russell Wallace almost beat him to fame's finish line. But Darwin made the key logical connections first, and for mostly the same reasons Wallace did: species around the world didn't appear to all come from the same Monster Manual, they varied tremendously from place to place, and they seemed… Continue

Added by Planetologist on February 12, 2009 at 2:19pm — No Comments

pretty much a life long atheist

My parents made us go to church but never pushed religion. I loved to read, especially the mythologies of Greece, Scandinavia, Rome, etc. After going through all the mythology I could find, I decided to read through the entire bible, and quickly recognized it as another mythology. I was in the fifth grade at the time. As I've said before, Santa Claus made more sense, and when I found out that HE wasn't real, there was no hope for getting me to believe in another mythical being that made less… Continue

Added by Gwen on February 12, 2009 at 10:40am — 7 Comments

Happy Darwin Day!

Celebrate intelligence and rationality with a great optical illusion www.darwinillusion.com

Added by Paul on February 12, 2009 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Scientology Ad on Atheist Nexus - Pay to Play Religion?

I thought Atheist Nexus was about the eradication of religious beliefs, yet Scientology is advertised in the right-hand panel under Bill Payers.



I have all the facts I need about Scientology. In short, it's a nut-job cult.



From Wikipedia:

In the OT levels, Hubbard explains how to reverse the effects of past-life trauma patterns that supposedly extend millions of years into the past. Among these advanced teachings is the story of Xenu (sometimes…
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Added by on February 12, 2009 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Happy Darwin Day to everyone today 12 February 2009

200 years ago, on 12 February 1809, was born Charles Darwin—who grew and matured to become one of the world’s truly great scientists.



“If only everybody in the world would avoid contact with religionists and their fictions,



and instead be educated from childhood with facts from the realm of science,



we would have a better, happier world of people believing in the truths of evolutionary science,



who would smile as much at the stupidities of pathetic… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 12, 2009 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Ark. House OKs bill allowing guns in churches

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20090211/D969MDMG0.html

Added by B Good on February 12, 2009 at 12:41am — 1 Comment

Bad Thermodynamics: Information

A reader commented on my recent post about entropy, and asked how information and entropy are related. Creationists sometimes argue that information can't spontaneously increase because of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (they're wrong), and then they use that mistaken understanding to try and assert that evolution is impossible. I mentioned that issue briefly in my post, but left further elaboration for later. Well,… Continue

Added by Planetologist on February 11, 2009 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

Good Nova program on the ID crazies trying to make creationism appear as science and get it into the Dover, PA school system. Its so infuriating that they try to make as if Intelligent Design is a new scientific theory that is being actively investigated by real scientists. These bible freaks are like an insidious pest that relentlessly tries to invade our foodstuff.



I am hoping that humanity has risen high enough in our collective intellect that we will be able to suppress the ID… Continue

Added by David S. on February 11, 2009 at 3:09pm — 3 Comments

Atheists, Be Pro-Active

Let's organize an effort to strike the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" off our currency.

Let's launch a political campaign to get "E PLURIBUS UNUM" back onto our currency.

Let's place more atheist ads on buses like in London, England and Washington, D.C.…



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Added by on February 11, 2009 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Poll Crashing Parade: Darwin's legacy

In dubious honour of Darwin's birthday, Parade Magazine wrote a dreadful article with an equally ridiculous poll.



Obviously, that poll is just screaming to be crashed so go vote. Feel free to clear (or eat) your cookies and vote again.



The article irked me because it… Continue

Added by Tao Jones on February 11, 2009 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

"Faith Healing," a Suicidal Path:

Think about it, Christians or most Christians I should say, staunchly support the protection of a fetus, arguing that it is a child just not yet born. Like wise, their stands against arbitration are planted firmly in the individual right to life. On the other hand, their protection of children after birth seems to disappear. For example, the case of innocent 11-year-old Kara Neumann of Weston, who after the parents, both followers of the Unleavened Bread Ministries, refuse to give their… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on February 11, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

How To Start Your Own Religion (Satirical piece I wrote years ago.)

How to Start Your Own Religion



For entertainment purposes only!

Professional Driver on a Closed Course!

Do Not Attempt!





Want to?



* Get rich quick

* Organize and participate in orgies

* Never pay taxes

* Reach a level of popularity akin to the Beatles, Elvis, or Jesus?

* Wield incredible amounts of unearned power?

* Control people

* Influence politics





If the answer to any of these questions is yes,… Continue

Added by Jeremy on February 10, 2009 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Our Father, Who art in Valinor...

As an atheist I've long attempted to put myself in the mindset of a true believer. I can't seem to do it. In my adult life I've never ascribed to a belief system that relied solely on self-justifying ideology, detached from rational proof, based entirely on the folktales of primitive peoples. I can understand academically that people can believe so strongly in invisible forces that they're willing to kill and die for them. The lesson of history is clear on this point. But it used to be couldn't… Continue

Added by Planetologist on February 10, 2009 at 7:05pm — 1 Comment

New Scientist resurrecting the God Gene?

According to a recent cover story of New Scientist, the way the human brain is wired makes us religious or very prone to imagine higher powers. And when we look at history, the birth of animistic faiths like Voodoo, Shinto and early European ancestor and spirit worship, there seems to be something to it. When we're trying to make sense of something we don't understand, we like to use magical explanations.



If the writer of the article tried to explore history and the evolution of… Continue

Added by Greg F. on February 10, 2009 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Ignorance annoys me.

Hello.



I'm new, just joined, and thought I'd break the ice with all of you by telling you about how ignorant most of my peers are. It was during the Chineese New Year, I decided to go to school wearing a shirt that had a bunch of the original Shwastikas*sp* on it. I knew that I'd probably get a few second glances, but guess what? I get sent to the office. Twice. The first time, the teacher gives me this smug look, asking me where I got this shirt and thinking that she had a… Continue

Added by Tyler Durden on February 10, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

"Liberty" "University" is neither...

Taken from my blog:



The other day my girlfriend and I were driving down to the mall, passing "liberty" "university" when at a stop light a group of liberty students started angrily honking at me. They saw my atheist bumper sticker and gave me the finger. How christian of them. Who would Jesus flick off? I gave them the finger back as a knee-jerk reaction but instantly wished I had been more witty and given them the peace sign… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on February 10, 2009 at 6:06pm — 1 Comment

30 Days- Atheist woman spends 30 days with fundamentalist christian family.

I wasn't sure where to post this but I wanted to share it. It is a very good episode about an atheist woman from Kansas who is immersed in a fundamentalist christian household in Texas complete with weekly bible studies. It's a 45 minute video on hulu so the commercial interruptions are short. I'd love to hear your post-viewing comments.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/56912/30-days-atheistchristian#s-p2-so-i0

Added by Sheryl on February 10, 2009 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Quit trying to make Jesus and religion cool.

I saw a window sticker today that read "Piercing saved my life". It showed a drawing of Jesus' hand getting nailed to the cross. At first I laughed. It was the kind of laugh you have when you see an elderly person fall, but then you soon realize that they broke his/ her hip and may die from their injuries. Then you feel bad for having pushed them because you didn't have a banana peel for them to slip on naturally. The way god intended for old people to slip, fall, fracture large bones and… Continue

Added by Riggs on February 10, 2009 at 4:50pm — 3 Comments

The Theory of Intelligent Design: A briefing packet for educators

The Theory of Intelligent Design: A briefing packet for educators

By: Staff

Discovery Institute

November 13, 2007





PBS Encouraging Teachers to Violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause

Discovery Institute issues "The Theory of Intelligent Design: A briefing packet for educators"



Seattle — A “Briefing Packet for Educators” just issued by PBS in conjunction with the NOVA program Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial inserts religion into… Continue

Added by Dawn Meggison on February 10, 2009 at 4:43pm — 3 Comments

Holy Crap!!

OK - so I stopped drinking a little over 7 months ago. {Works for me - don't judge :-) } Anyway - I occasionally go to AA meetings during lunch just to scare me into staying on the wagon. Today there was so much talk of God and how you have to come to believe in God - and the fact that it always ends in an Our Father - Ugghhh - but AA literature always says its not based on any particular belief system and that the "higher power" can be anything. Bullshit.



I am not trying to take the… Continue

Added by David S. on February 10, 2009 at 2:39pm — 9 Comments

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