It's a common meme: If you are an Atheist, and you support science, you are frequently accused of trying to replace religion with science. A recent example is here: What's wrong with science as religion? The zen answer to that question, of course, is mu. What exactly is wrong with the question? Few if any Atheists have actually advocated such a thing. What… Continue
Added by Feshy on July 31, 2008 at 11:39am —
I've had bad allergies as long as I can remember. For the last few years, they seemed to do okay with medications. Well, I had been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome about a dozen years ago. Last year, I started having heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and some other symptoms.
A stress test came out fine. I was reading up on something recently and found that palpitations can be caused by a food allergy. Apparently, most of my other whacky health symptoms I've had for the… Continue
Just for fun, here are the diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder (taken from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association). I've underlined the appropriate criteria and proof-texted corresponding verses to "document" that God has a problem and should seek help:
How dare I stare into the eyes of the universe when the infinite darkness between the stars can swallow me whole in just one glance and when reflecting on time my consciousness is raised yet suffocated at the thought that I exist in just a fraction of a speck of time’s infiniteness? As insignificant as I may feel, I am the universe, at least a scrap of it, and if I thought the universe were conscious, I would criticize it for being cruel to allow me to live, love, be aware, and become attached… Continue
Here's a short list of books I put together that I think represent the case for atheism very well.
Any atheist that is serious about his/her lack of faith should read at least some of these books. They aren't light reading though. But I've found that as I read these, I tended to read them faster and faster as they are such damn good books.
Being an atheist is easy but being informed about it and being able to defend it well are important things. We can learn a lot from these… Continue
In the face of right-wing fungelical squeaking about transgendered individuals and the bathrooms they should or should not be permitted to use, a school in Thailand has actually built a separate WC for its transgendered students.
You lucky folks from Missouri, the power of Cheesus is in your state! Just look at him
This has finally proven that some folks began to put him in the shroud before he was taken off the cross. They didn't have all day ya' know? His head is very small, which is not at all surprising, but he apparently rocked out a ponytail years before it was… Continue
I was thinking of a thought experiment to try and teach my child when she comes of age about the very basics of religion and atheism and why I stand where I do. This is what came to me as I lay trying to fall asleep last night.
Take two cups, one clear and one opaque, fill the clear one up with stones, beads, etc.. or a wide range of colors, have the opaque cup upside-down on a table. Tell the person that under this cup there may or may not be a stone under the cup and then ask them… Continue
Added by Eli on July 30, 2008 at 11:10am —
I write. I intend it as a broad statement, just as much as 'aerobic organisms require oxygen.' It would, in fact, be more correct to say that writing has come to be a prerequisite for my own well-being, as I have painfully found out in circumstances that made it impossible for me to write anything creative for long periods of time. Ah, daily routine, how I loathe thee!
I write for many reasons, probably for more than I can consciously put my fingers on. Most times, as I sit down in… Continue
Added by Fabio on July 30, 2008 at 9:30am —
So, I was half-watching Dan Abrams's Verdict! last night and he did a bit about this case.
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism conducted by members of her old church, ruling that the case unconstitutionally entangled the court in religious matters.
First off....oh, gee, look...it's Texas, home of Joe Horn. Go figure.
I have very little doubt you'll find a positive correlation that will stand up to statistical analysis. However, I think you'd be barking up the wrong tree. If you did a similar study on people in general with active and inquiring… Continue
Added by Фелч Гроган on July 30, 2008 at 4:56am —
A couple days ago, for no particular reason, I've started looking at some of the arguments for dualism. I began by trying to find a decent definition of the soul--to figure out what exactly these arguments are supposed to prove. But I haven't gotten very far, what, with another gigantic painting I'm working on, and just being easily distracted, in general. But I've been trying to read the catholic encyclopedia's entry on the soul. It is illuminating, if for nothing else, on the difference… Continue
Added by Maria on July 29, 2008 at 8:12pm —
I've finally finished nailing down all the technical aspects of getting my podcast up and running...just in time for me to leave town for a week! In less then 24 hours I'm leaving for a five day hiking/fishing trip to the greater north woods of Minnesota. I see freshly grilled walleye and s'mores in my near future...
Ahh... So I've just come back from Florida, and the trip was amazing! Gulf-front condo, right on the dunes :) Hard work pays off, and how. My hubby Matt and I stayed in Seacrest beach, about 5 minutes from Seaside, where they filmed the Truman Show. The town was great; all the crackerbox houses and condos are painted various pastel shades, and the beaches are all private! We took about a bajillion pictures, so I'll be posting those this afternoon. I picked up Stephen Hawking's A Brief…Continue