You know what makes me mad? I know; there's a lot of things that make me upset. But one of the things that has the potential to send me to a fiery tirade is when people >cough, Christians, cough< feel the need to point out that we are a Christian nation founded by Christians. OK first, one needs to describe "founded" and "nation". Are you talking about when the pilgrims came to America to set up shop? Are you talking about Chris and his three boats in the Caribbean? Or are you speaking of… Continue
Added by Feminist Francophile on August 10, 2008 at 10:49pm —
I’m reading a book that is so good, so interesting, that I’ve highlighted almost every sentence. It’s a gold mine of ideas and information, a real treat to read.
If you looked at my book list
, you’ll notice that I haven’t read all the “traditional” books that all other atheists seem to love. That’s not to say that I won’t, but I became an atheist when most of those books didn’t exist.
Once I… Continue
Added by Neece on August 10, 2008 at 6:26pm —
I dislike profanity for the most part, but it has its place. There are some thoughts which simply cannot be expressed adequately without it. Nevertheless, I find it painful to wade through mounds of casual vulgar language on the Internet, where it is far more ubiquitous than it is even in so-called "real life" (at least in the circles in which I move). And most of the time, the use of profanity adds nothing to its context.
Most people on the Internet who learn of my dislike of… Continue
Added by Wordplayer on August 10, 2008 at 5:42pm —
i saw this site recently and thought, 'sweet, a facebook for atheists'. i didn't join it then b/c i already have a facebook. seemed like overkill. but, inevitably, i keep wanting to have some place to try and work out this whole new take i have on life... just as i once sought out god, i find myself seeking to define my atheist belief system. so here it is, my own atheist epistle, possibly the first time i have ever tried to lay it out to anyone:
i am catholic-baptised but was a… Continue
Added by Cati on August 10, 2008 at 5:38pm —
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Added by IsThatLatin on August 10, 2008 at 2:54pm —
I think the Double-Slit experiment suggests that - just as there are many possible futures that something can have - there are also many different versions of the past. Things in the quantum world can have any history that you want them to have; or all such histories at once. We are looking at alternate timelines here. Whether they also represent alternate universes - as some believe - or simply vanish into the realms of zero possibility after being observed - is not something that has so far… Continue
Added by David Potter on August 10, 2008 at 1:04pm —
Added by Mark Tiborsky on August 10, 2008 at 12:07pm —
Once again I find myself engaging in a forum dialogue with a pastor who imbues all of his relationships with God's requirement for love. He seemed surprised that I thought this made his statements less genuine. Here are some of our interactions:
It has always bothered me that God's M.O. in the Bible was to frequently bend the laws of reality in order to verify his claims and motivate his people. I am not sure I have ever heard an explanation of why that… Continue
Added by NH Baritone on August 10, 2008 at 12:00pm —
The topic of censorship has been popping up in my life recently, mainly in the form of one or two Atheist Nexus users' paranoia and cynicism regarding a few missing posts. Holy cow! Missing posts...Big Brother has come! Pardon my sarcasm, but really...it's awfully silly. Especially when you look at this.
Plans to release a novel about Prophet Muhammad's child bride A'isha have been scrapped by US publishers Random House over fears it could spark violence.
The Jewel of… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 10, 2008 at 9:42am —
Sunday is the big day for the Large Hadron Collider. We stand poised to answer questions about the very beginning of the universe and discover untold new questions we'd never thought to ask.
I wanted to ask god how he felt about mankind gaining such knowledge...but since god is rather nonexistent I turned to the next best thing, iGod
iGod is a flash based AI chat program. It's the best we have for talking… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 9, 2008 at 11:18pm —
People are likely aware of this already but I felt the need to share the link.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers 1800 courses free on their OpenCourseWare
Lecture notes, audio and course text have been included with the ones I've completed. A few I've browsed have a bit of video as well. You're not earning credits but for those like myself unable to afford to continue college, yet… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 9, 2008 at 8:00pm —
I've noticed the Support Ads that are now gracing our pages in place of the chat. I've never had the pleasure of talking to Brother Richard (I hear he's nice
) but if I did, I'd make a suggestion, borrowed from one of my favorite authors and also from my time at different communities on the web.
First, I miss the chat feature, but that may be that it just needs work, like the photos section. Hopefully these things will come back. I understand the huge undertaking that… Continue
Added by Neece on August 9, 2008 at 7:20pm —
I'm browsing Facebook roups right now, and I just found one called "I'M NOTHING WITHOUT GOD
...That's just really sad
, isn't it? They've just explicitly stated that they are nothing without God. It's like they see themselves as worthless. What about all the good things they have done? What about all of their abilities and accomplishments? How can you se your self as "nothing" without God?
It sure helps… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on August 9, 2008 at 3:30pm —
I think most people would agree that love is a strange thing. When you are in love, you loose all logic and reason. The newest way to fall in love is internet dating, which has become immensely popular during the past years. However, internet dating aside, the MMO community has recently caused a lot of weddings to be held all over the world, made people marry each other despite cultural differences, language barriers and huge distances keeping the lovers apart. It has also maybe quite… Continue
Added by LeaT on August 9, 2008 at 3:30pm —
Google ads have hit Atheist Nexus. You've likely noticed the fairly unobtrusive box to the right side of the screen. If not, take a look quick, I'll wait...
Advertising, by and large, is a way of life on the net. Be it very loosely targeted like Google ads or annoying flash panels telling you that you've just won a new laptop, we deal with it. Maintaining a fairly well trafficed site costs and the people behind the curtain need to do what they can to come up with cash for hardware,… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 9, 2008 at 10:00am —
Like most people, John Edwards's affair doesn't thrill me. It's not the decision I would have personally had him make. That being said, I fail to see what this has to do with politics, except as a supposed misstep in political strategy, which is all the media seems to care about these days. Not important issues such as Iraq/Afghanistan and the economy. Not direct political wrong-doings
of BushCo. No. Day after day we're subjected to fluff pieces, who 'looks' more Presidential (sorry,… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 9, 2008 at 7:04am —
I had a discussion with a friend the other day about religion - surprise, eh? - and in the wake of that I should probably briefly clarify my views.
I would love religion to vanish, but that's not a reasonable thing to want or strive for. I really don't mind religion as long as it doesn't affect the outside world. My main issue, which I think a few people have misunderstood (probably because I ramble and rant) is that religion isn't open to question and criticism, seemingly because… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:59am —
Further to my note of a few days ago, about the Sikh girl who managed to get her personal delusions championed over mere secular beliefs.
It occurs to me that the position religion occupies within the British judicial system – or seeks to occupy, with a great deal of success – is similar to the position it seeks to occupy in science. Fundamentalist religion challenges a varied range of scientific theories, but the alternative hypotheses supplied often function as refutations of… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:55am —
This just in: the world is stupid. Again.
A Sikh girl, attending a school with a no jewellery policy, was excluded for wearing a religious bracelet. The report on this, which was dripping with shots of the girl staring bleakly through windows, detailed how she was winning support and legal advice on the issue.
To me, it seems reasonably simple. No jewellery. Religious jewellery is still just jewellery, worn for entirely personal reasons. See my rant on Secular\Non Secular… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:53am —
I’ve been thinking about some stuff recently. It’s sort of interesting, but hardly very original. Stick around, though – this will likely anger or confuse you.
I work in Vodafone now, which as you may know is a nest of fouls. My job so far has required me to stand at the door and apprehend all comers for the purposes of selling them a Nokia N95. This means I see a lot of people per day. Some of them are hilarious. Here’s some examples:
The utterly punked-up guy who had… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:30am —