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Dad links son's suicide to 'The God Delusion'

This is a good one. I came across this story on World Net Daily. According to the report a 22-year-old young man committed suicide and his family and friends are blaming a college biology course, and the Richard Dawkins book 'The God Delusion'.



"Three people told us he had taken a biology class and was doing well in it, but other students and the professor were really challenging my son, his faith. They didn't like him as a Republican, as a Christian, and as a conservative who… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 22, 2008 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

My rules, reposted

I'm fairly well inebriated (2/3 bottle of wine), or I would never say some of this. Enjoy. Please comment. Not really a common thing for me to be drinking to excess, but more common recently. An excess of anger/frustration that needs to be muted, perhaps.



Ahem, edited. More humorous, less cynical and snotty.





Rule #1

There are no rules. Officially.



#2

Um, and don't fucking tell anyone you have rules. Not that you would. It's just a bad idea. It… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on November 22, 2008 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Serious F*ck up

It appears that I somehow managed to write over my last blog.

I'll repost the newest addition, then post a revision of the original blog, if I can remember what I wrote.

Julie

Added by Your girl Friday on November 22, 2008 at 5:24am — No Comments

as in "chaos"?

order does emerge from chaos. It's like magic ... a magic trick we call "the laws of physics". cool stuff, like gravity, like fluidity, like the properties of matter. the magic is what it is and does what it does whether we call it by that name or its corollary, science.



science attempts to comprehend what can be quantified and measured in an effort to explain what and why we are. that would seem to be enough, and perhaps for many during these times, it is. but "these days" are… Continue

Added by Steve on November 21, 2008 at 7:07pm — 5 Comments

In MY day...

Thank you Phil Plait, for posting this on Bad Astronomy… I almost spit up watching it, I was laughing so hard. I have to go along with Phil on this; Louis CK rocks, at least here.





I teach college students who’ve never seen a rotary phone… it would be truly interesting to see what students today would do with one, if presented the thing as a kind of anthropological experiment. They’d be as mystified as I if someone handed me an astrolabe and said, “Find the… Continue

Added by Planetologist on November 21, 2008 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Beware, a wall of text.

I blog over on the Chariots of Iron site, and I just put up a long one over there, it was rather well thought out so i thought I'd mirror it here for AN users that don't visit our podcast site... and yes this has been a shameless plug for bot the blog and the podcast. The version there contains many links to some references. I don't mirror posts often, so I hope you enjoy this rant.



Today has been one of ups and downs and it’s not even noon… Continue

Added by Eli on November 21, 2008 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

The Illusion of Design

from thegoodatheist.net



I mentioned before that many individuals believe in religion because of what they perceive to be logical reasons, and it is often based on the illusion of design, both here on earth, and in the cosmos in general. The Universe, as far as we can observe, seems to be both extremely complex and mysterious at first glance. Here on earth, the complexity of life is staggering; in a handful of dirt, there are million of… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 20, 2008 at 5:22pm — 1 Comment

Procrastination

I can't seem to focus on homework these days. With the end of the semester coming up, it's no wonder. Weariness is starting to settle in. It's been 5 weeks since I've been home, 5 weeks since I've seen a large body of water. 5 weeks of staring at the blue ridge mountains in southwest virginia, doing homework. For fun I clean, buy groceries, do laundry...exciting stuff like that.



But this weekend I'm going home for thanksgiving break. I'll get to see the Severn river and the Chespeake… Continue

Added by deepthought42 on November 20, 2008 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

Corporate Welfare Redefined

Right from the start, I want to confess I receive state assistance in the form of funds for food. I am well aware of the bias I bring into this piece and as I write, I will endeavor to remain as neutral as possible. Also, I would like to point out this is a thought in progress. It is an observation that I haven't fully thought out, so any input would be appreciated.



Before the election, our general manager passed around slips of paper with the two major political candidates names and… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on November 20, 2008 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

being a martyr for something stupid

There was a post on cafe bitch, asking believers AND non-believers, if they felt strongly enough to die for their religion, or lack of. First of all, I should've known it was a bait-and-trap post, but I took the bait. I told her, that I have two boys to raise, and that words are not worth dying for. If somebody had a gun to my head, I would say I believe in flying green monkeys, if that's what they wanted to hear. It doesn't mean anything and it doesn't change the fact that I don't believe in… Continue

Added by Jerbear1974 on November 20, 2008 at 7:31am — 3 Comments

Parenting Beyond Belief Seminars on the road again

Hi folks!



We're hitting the road again: the Parenting Beyond Belief Seminar for nonreligious parents is coming to four cities in the next few weeks.



Click here for general information about the seminars.



Click on the city name to register:



Boston (December 6)…

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Added by Dale McGowan on November 20, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

some peace of mind

Well my last few posts have been kind of depressing. Can't help it though I get in those moods every now and again. Feeling a bit better today dad got paid and I will get paid in about a week so things aren't that terrible. It looks like I will be able to see my girlfriend although I am not excited about her paying for me to come. I feel like a bastard sometimes cause she has paid for me before. I guess it shows that she cares when the only thing she wants for her birthday is to see me but I… Continue

Added by TheFlyingWelshman on November 20, 2008 at 6:11am — No Comments

you will find me waiting

thought for the day, so its been one more day and another day closer to whatever is next. So advice for the day is as fallows, live boys and girls just live. Feel whats its like to relinquish control and ride the wave. As painful, and hard as it is, to just let it be, some times its a must. Watch the sunrise and know that the world has given you another beautiful day, a day that you have to start over and ride into where ever the world has instore for you. Day by day we all fight the urge to… Continue

Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 5:11am — No Comments

little slivers..

so it should be no shock to me, because I do know better but I still always never see it coming, when the choices that we have made come to stick their venum in us once more. Its the little sliver you think you have dug out, when you hand is bleeding and bruised from trying to get the little bugger out you realise its still not all gone. We all avoid things that are inevidable, but here is the advice for the day... face it, fess us and clear your beautiful conscience. That fisrt breath of clean… Continue

Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 5:10am — No Comments

take the breath from me...

How is it that desire for someone can strip you of you confidance, knoledge, and lessons you have learned in a single momment? All the things that you logically know dissapear and you left with all these new feelings and fears that you never knew that you had. and now the things that you have been striving for seem so far out of reach, no kind words can comfort the thougths that consume you. The strong you feel for someone the more lost you can become, and now its the 10 extra min in front of… Continue

Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 5:09am — No Comments

to linger on the toungue of a lover....

I want to be wanted, to be consumed with a desire. Not to just give into a want, but to be devoured, and taken. I want to be able to close my eyes and still taste you. To be left on the lips of a lover, forever stamped into an untamable memory. I long to be lost, where the clock no longer ticks, and days turn into lust full night.

Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 2:39am — No Comments

how often to do see the reaction to our actions

Consequence, how often to do see the reaction to our actions? Is it better to live to the moment, or to look up and see that fork in the road and choose the better path? It's a science action and reaction, but do we really comprehend the depth to our individual actions, the simple jesters that brighten others, to the thoughtless act that devastate. Things taste sweeter when unknowing what's really inside. So do we close our eyes and jump into the water or step lightly with toes first? I sit and… Continue

Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 2:38am — No Comments

as painful as sin....

"As painful as sin." Is sin really painful, that moment where you're consumed by what you know you should not be doing? How beautiful is that enchantment of desire, which entangles you when you want what you should not indulge. The most painful sin, is not partaking in that forbidden fruit, not indulging that gorgeous desire, but rather holding out from it. The desire that does not leave your thoughts, the one that takes every breath form your lungs, and haunts your dreams. That one thing that… Continue

Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 2:35am — No Comments

bruised egos and broken bones

so I get it, the world changes, people change and come and go... but whats that one moment that you would go back to? That one sunny afternoon and stairy filled sky night. Why is it that we never really know what we have until its slipped through our weathered fingers. the conversations that shape our choices to come and while enjoying the company we have no idea that impact that someone is about to have on us or I, on them. The little things that we take for granted, how come hind sight is so… Continue

Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 2:33am — No Comments

Aliens and the History Channel

Why is it that everytime I put on the History Channel it's always a show about aliens? Didn't even know there were so many angles of looking at UFOs. Government conspiracies, crop circes, Area 51, implants, hypnotherpy, USOs (unidentified swimming objects...really), and aliens through history, among others. Whether it's before work, before school, or when I get home it's always aliens. Is this just alien season or what? It's interesting in it's own way, but even if I believed in it all it would… Continue

Added by SkeptiKat on November 19, 2008 at 10:45pm — 6 Comments

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