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Surprise!

Since I'm a senior in high school, I've been getting a lot of stuff from colleges interested in me. Phone calls, mailers, email, DVDs, you get the idea. Usually they just ask how my college search is going, and since I've decided to attend my community college first, the calls have shortened considerably.



I just got a call from Simpson U, a college in I-don't-know-where. The guy on their end asks me casually how I'm doing (this seems to be the most common question). Then he talks a… Continue

Added by Draccataura on December 11, 2008 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Alleged abuse of abducted 'miracle child' poses more questions for council that failed Baby P

More reasons to eliminate religion.



Why are the most abusive, sadistic and evil people are the ones "God" seems to chose to lead his "flock"? Have any of you believers, stop, just for a second, and pay attention to God's judgement? Oh! I know, you guys are to busy believing and praying, with your eyes close, to this so-called God. As a result, you guys fail to recognised all the atrocious crimes his "spiritual" picked leaders are committing. Yes, they all claimed to be chosen… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on December 11, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

President George W. Bush

W said in an interview that the Bible is "probably not" literally true.

I'm not surprised, but I find it hilarious the religious right were "stunned" LOL
Anyone with a thinking brain knows the Republicans used them to gain power, but did little for them once they took over. Silly people

Added by Lori Gilliland on December 11, 2008 at 1:02pm — 5 Comments

Why the label 'atheist' bothers me a little...

A while ago I was talking to some friends and the topic about my position came up and they asked me "What do you believe in?", to which I answered that I don't 'believe', but that I think that evidence should be evaluated and yadda, yadda, yadda (skepticism)... and then, they finished saying "So, you are atheist", to which I responded "I am skeptic, therefore I am atheist". A few months ago, there was a 'Atheist Pride March' (or something around that), and I was telling a contact on… Continue

Added by G.P.Plascencia on December 11, 2008 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

Isang Mahabang Litanya ng Pagiging Atiyista

I remember wondering when I was a kid why some people have no faith in God. I was about to go home with one of my girl friends when out of the blue I said to her, “I really can’t understand why some people just don’t believe in God. Do they not realize that it is impossible not to believe in God’s existence? Can’t they see that wherever we look we can see the grand design of the Creator?” My friend looked at me and frowned. I think she even said, “Yan ka na naman sa kaiisip mo eh. Isang araw di… Continue

Added by Oboids on December 11, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

MLK may have understood Christianity’s origins

This link leads to a reproduction of a MLK paper that discusses the influence of other ancient beliefs on the x-ian religion.

I hope you find it informative.


http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/publications/papers/vol1/500215-The_Influence_of_the_Mystery_Religions_on_Christianity.htm

Added by Fr33think3r on December 11, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Concept of ‘Intentional Action’: Knobe, Wittgenstein, and Descriptive Ethics

This is a paper that I wrote in 2008. I will present it at next year's Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) in Canada. It's somewhat technical but those who are more philosophically inclined may be interested in checking it out. I take a "Wittgensteinian" approach to analyzing the concept or use of 'intentional action.' The paper focuses on whether it is possible to give a prescriptive account of ethics. In plain English, this is an attempt to answer the… Continue

Added by Beto on December 11, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

‘Moral Facts’ and Moral Arguments for the Existence of God

The following is rough articulation of a position I wrote a while back. I"m currently thinking of how to bring it "up to date" with my current reflections, which take a much more subtle understanding of religious belief. Comments are welcome!



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Many philosophers, particularly Christian philosophers, are fond of giving rather weak arguments for the existence of God based on a presumption of moral facts. A moral fact is the claim that there is a way things ought to be. In… Continue

Added by Beto on December 10, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Gone with the Wind

Summer day,

leaves, green and vibrant,

the morning dew drips off

serving the thirst of wild geraniums below.



Autumn comes,

and the leaves begin to wither and die,

spectators gather

to admire the beautiful colors.



Winter, the trees are barren,

the leaves have all fallen off,

and have been mulched

to fertilize the now frozen grass for next year.



Spring arrives,

the grass is green and healthy again,

and on… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on December 10, 2008 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Space isn't the only Vacuum UPDATE

Update!:



I've justified, to myself, allowing people to make stupid purchases. I analyzed what my problems with people buying useless pieces of paper and here's what I have come up with. If I were to ask myself the question, “Should it be illegal for people to spend money on useless pieces of paper even if it doesn't hurt me and makes the people feel good? It is their money, should they be free to spend it on whatever junk they'd like?” I have to concede that even if I STRONGLY… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on December 10, 2008 at 8:58pm — No Comments

Telemarketing Jehova's Witness

I see the Jehova's Witnesses are getting a bit more timid in their sales strategies. I was rudely disrupted one Saturday morning to a Telemarketing Style Conversion Call to save my non-existent soul not too long ago. By the end of the half-hour conversation I had turned her from a word-for-word bible believer into accepting that evolution is a more likely explanation than the two conflicting creation stories in Genesis, and that primitive nomads likely aren't the best people to get plausible… Continue

Added by c on December 10, 2008 at 4:20pm — 8 Comments

Office Christmas Party

For some reason we are having our office Christmas party mid-January. It would be nice if they called it a New Years party. I wish all Christmas parties would become New Years Parties instead. I am not alone in this I am sure.

Supposedly attending a company sponsored Christmas party is up to the employee. But, is it really? No! Peer pressure forces one and all to celebrate Christmas whether they like it or not. It's not good for your career if you don't play along.



I have… Continue

Added by Lori Gilliland on December 10, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Winter

The death-like frigid air

sharpens its blades upon your sputtering lungs

having burrowed its way through twin nasal cavities

it crystallizes your breaths from the inside out.

Suffocating your zephyr with its own,

upon exhale, your life visibly evaporates before you.



And so it was with us that in defense of this nipping assault

with hands split and fractured like dried up ravines

we struggled to even adjust our wooly scarves over each others chapped… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on December 10, 2008 at 10:33am — No Comments

Space isn't the only Vacuum

I do not think like other people. Of this, there can be no doubt. Sometimes, others think along the same lines as I. Many times, I am in agreement with what others think. Yesterday, I was confronted by an issue that, so far, no one else I have talked with agrees with me. Therefore, I submit, I could be wrong. Not a rare occurrence, but one that I would like to correct if indeed I am wrong.



It all started with the Skeptoid episode on buying space property. As I listened to the… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on December 10, 2008 at 9:14am — 2 Comments

Why you can't win religious arguments

I Stumbled Upon this site today:

atheistwiki.wikispaces.com by way of this page: (caution - word wrap link effect)

http://atheistwiki.wikispaces.com/Why+you+can%27t+win+an+argument+about+what+the+Bible+says



As good an article about this problematic endeavor as I have seen and a good site overall. I don't see it listed on the A/N links page. Maybe it should be there. I found that it's owner is a member of A/N.



By chance I also happened another site:… Continue

Added by Rexerex on December 9, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Guess who went to PZ Myers' lecture at UCF on the 5th

Me! I even touched him. I hope genius is contagious.

I tried really hard to get some beard clippings to sell on Ebay but he was wily and agile, evading my scissors every time. Damn his cat-like reflexes!

Added by Lego Robot on December 9, 2008 at 12:43pm — 2 Comments

Jewel of Medina

I was lucky, and was able to go see author Sherry Jones who wrote the controversial book "The Jewel of Medina". She spoke at Carroll College in Helena, the 4th of December.



Sherry is a Novelist, journalist and once was an Independent Record Reporter, and a Montanan.



The publishing company Random House, self censored themselves and dropped plans for printing Jones' book because they were told “The Jewel of Medina” would offend Muslims and could “incite acts of violence by a… Continue

Added by Lori Gilliland on December 9, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

feathers, toilets, snakes, and gays

http://www.dinoballs.com/comics/2008-04-21-Scared.jpg

Added by Krista on December 9, 2008 at 11:07am — 3 Comments

Don’t Hear the Whisper

As darkness creeps in,

As the shadow eats the light,

-the hawk glides low,

-the vulture stands still to observe,

-a bat shrieks cutting the silence,

-the dog howls sending a chilling,

-the owl stares with empty eyes,

-the black veil covers the night,

completing what’s required,

it welcomes The Coming.



-blink-

A baby cries.

A man trembles while his guts is emptied.

A woman grabs a knife and aims it to her heart.

A child… Continue

Added by Oboids on December 9, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

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