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Reasonings About Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape

The following piece was originally written for The Autarkist.

After reading Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape, I’ve decided to finally articulate some of the praise and criticism that, for some time now, Harris and his work have inspired in me.

The goal…

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Added by Hiram on January 20, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Islamophobia Re-examined (Brief Post)

Due to the hype about the so-called "dangers" of Islamophobia, I would like to clear things up regarding it, first I would like to define "Islamophobia", go over actual reasons to use it and the excuse people make out of it to silence legitimate criticisms of Islam, and my own take on it.

1. The Definition of Islamophobia

  1. Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
  2. It is seen as separate…
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Added by Oxyaena on January 19, 2015 at 11:15pm — 9 Comments

A Late Night Catechism

Yesterday at the Mythicist Milwaukee meeting, we were throwing around ideas for activities that might interest people, when one guy, Brian, mentioned an improv play he had seen in Chicago called A Late Night Catechism. Apparently the play was has also been performed around Racine and Milwaukee pokes fun at religion in general and the Catholic church in particular. As Brian explained, it sounded very interesting and something I might want to…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on January 19, 2015 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Frrom how did the Packers blow that game to Mythicist Milwaukee

I just came home from a meeting of Mythicist Milwaukee, an atheist group with a particular flair. The mythicists examine the myth of Jesus in declaring that there is reason to doubt whether such a person ever existed.

There is evidence that many of the stories of early Christianity were borrowed from other religions. In addition the stories in the Bible are so fantastic that they boggle the imagination. Noah and the…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on January 18, 2015 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Pardon me while I re-define myself

In school I learned that I have been working towards a state of self-actualization, progressing from the sum of my parents' hopes and dreams to being who I want to be. Part of this process involved changing my name several times as I became the person I was intended to become.

I also evolved politically, sexually and other ways. One of these transformations was extremely controversial though not always evident to…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on January 18, 2015 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

Darwin and the Planet of the Apes

I recently had the pleasure of listening to the translation of the original, French-language book in the Planet of the Apes series in audio-book format. I’ve always considered PotA folklore to be among the most underrated, most enjoyable in all of science fiction, but it also raises many interesting cultural and philosophical questions.

Planet of the Apes was pop culture’s response to the tensions generated by…

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Added by Hiram on January 17, 2015 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

The Wrong Meaning of Life

Many church or mosque goers believe religion gives their lives “meaning.”  It’s a delusion, an appealing but false concept.  What meaning could being credulous enough to believe the preposterous give one’s life?  If anything, I think a good and magnanimous god would disdain such behavior.  They’re abandoning reason for self-interest and wishful thinking. 

In biology, the Prime Directive (PD) governs all life down to insects, worms and beyond.  The force that governs all life is…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on January 16, 2015 at 1:30pm — 13 Comments

Amusing: Screenmonkeyman's Orb Delusion attack on Jaclyn Glenn? LOL

I found this hilarious bit of nonsense from some joker calling himself "ScreenMonkeyMan"

Where he claims Jaclyn Glenn is a Satanist, because of some moving "Orbs" which appear to be eminating from possibly reflection of light off a rotating object or interference pattern on the camera.

though since these light spots or orbs are only on the wall, they…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on January 16, 2015 at 1:04am — 12 Comments

Damaged And Dating: A Situation I Never Thought Of Until Now

Damaged And Dating: Situations I Never Thought Of Until Now

I am a survivor of religious brainwashing and amplified abuse due to religious influences in my childhood household.



I was trained from an early age that life was a constant battle between the divine and my imperfect flesh. I was…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on January 15, 2015 at 7:42pm — 4 Comments

A Gripe: Unsafe Driving

Does anyone else share my general gripes about unnecessary passing?

On the highway,  driving 59 MPH instead of 60 only costs you 1 second for each mile you drive. Go slower and save money, gas, and (groan) the environment. If it only means seconds, just slow down for a few miles instead of passing.

Hate it when people pass and then immediately hit the brakes in order to turn off of the road. They didn't save themselves any time, yet increased their vehicle wear, increased the…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on January 15, 2015 at 12:06pm — 18 Comments

looking for help...

.. My name is Erin and Im the mom of a fantastic 6 year old little man, and Im in desperate need of help. My son was born in The Netherlands, and his father is a total washout... he never filed any paperwork to claim him, and refused to let me sign him in at the US embassy. After his dad and I split up, I was granted an emergency repatriation loan and a temp. us passport for my boy, only good for 5 days. Now, because its expired, i have to apply for citizenship and a social security…

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Added by Erin Brook on January 12, 2015 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God?

Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God? The answer is, unequivocally, It depends on . which version of absolute morality is subscribed to if morality is defined by culture rather than religion. In my opinion, the answer is no; that it is absurd to deny the application of pure reason in the quest for knowledge on any subject. Dependence upon faith as a moral requirement to provide supernatural enlightenment rather than pure reason to gain knowledge and solve problems is a…

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Added by Martin A. Moe, Jr on January 11, 2015 at 2:44pm — 6 Comments

The Best Larping Around: Religious Services

Let's talk about a past time I thoroughly enjoy now and then.



LARP.



For those unfamiliar, LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role Play. Essentially, a bunch of similarly minded folks get together and collaborate to have fun pretending scenes out of their favorite movies, books, comics, etc. This is strictly pretending, of course, but with rules involved. The basic goal of LARPing (yes, you can make the acronym a verb, how cool!) is to create a desired fantasy environment… Continue

Added by Amanda Ashcraft on January 11, 2015 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

An Uncommon Pitch Line

Have a look at the pitch line on this movie. “In the chaos of war, peace can only come from within.” What’s odd about that, you may ask? It is after all a story about a soldier and the psychiatrist who has been assigned to help him recover from Shell Shock. So, the line makes a lot of sense right? Well, yes it does...

Read more about it here:…

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Added by Dan Wall on January 10, 2015 at 5:27pm — 1 Comment

Scott Pelley on Charlie Hebdo, Terrorism, and the Press

It isn't very often that I hear Scott Pelley offer an op-ed piece as a part of a news broadcast.  So when he closed the CBS Evening News of Friday, 9 January, 2015 with his observations on the attacks in Paris and how freedom of the press figures into the whole situation of terrorism, I thought it was notable enough to make mention of it here.  Mr. Pelley makes simple, straightforward points which resonate in the current time, and I believe his words are worthy of your attention. …

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Added by Loren Miller on January 10, 2015 at 7:56am — 12 Comments

Etiology of my Secularism

DOWN THE MEMORY LANE::

I was 7 years old in 1945. My father was a religious person and a very virtuous man. He was the Mines Manager at TISCO’s Doddakanya mines near Kadakola close to Mysore (India). He was falsely implicated in a case of theft of Rs 1000 /-. I used to hear him cry in front of my mother while I pretended to be asleep. He used to wonder why the Lord Rama & Shirdi Saibaba whose bhajans we used to sing so reverently every day, did not help him to…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on January 10, 2015 at 3:29am — 6 Comments

What would make a good atheist show?

I am finally at a place where I am ready to start my own channel on youtube, having completed my book "Tools for Debating Atheism" and having worked out promotions for that book. As such I am looking for opinions of my target audience, atheists. 

There are TONS of pro-atheism shows online. What would make a unique experience? 

I would love to have discussions and debates with theists. I am more than prepared to get into some deep apologetics and pick apart their…

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Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on January 10, 2015 at 1:59am — 5 Comments

I have seen the Earth change

Added by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2015 at 12:03am — No Comments

Don't You Wish You Believed?

Many Christians will be taken aback if you tell them that you do not wish that the gospel would be true. For a long time I could not understand why you would want it to be true... Recently though I caught myself wishing it was, but I soon realized how selfish a thought it really was.

Now for some background... My father (a christian) was recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Now of course people are trying to look on the bright side... We'll all see him in heaven, right? Well…

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Added by Steve on January 8, 2015 at 9:07pm — 18 Comments

Steve Shives demonstrates the stupidity of Christian Apologetics, and gives some great debunking of it.

I've been a fan of Steve Shives's work into reading and interpreting Christian Apologetics in a rationalist manner.

Steve is a very rational person and he pretty much destroys most of Christian Apologetics.

Here is Steve's appraisal of "I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist" by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek. He exposes the writer's biases, bigotry and naivety.…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on January 7, 2015 at 6:52pm — 8 Comments

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