My response to the faith-based point of view: "If behavior is controlled instead by circuits in the brain that follow the laws of chemistry, choice and value would be myths and the possibility of moral responsibility would evaporate. As the creationist advocate John West put it, "If human beings (and their beliefs) really are the mindless products of their material existence, then everything that gives meaning to human life--religion, morality, beauty--is revealed to be without objective… Continue
Added by Maria on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Someone stole a custom made bicycle that was owned by a Cerebral Palsy boy of 17. In it's place they left a 10 speed bike. The bike was recovered.
This is a comment from someone in the paper:
Whoever stole that bike should have their hands chopped off at the wrist. That's the punishment for stealing in some countries - I think we should have it here too. There would be a lot less recidivism - how are you going to pick something up to steal without hands???
I hope… Continue
Added by TinaFCD on August 13, 2008 at 11:05am —
"Growing pains" is a word-phrase that is used to describe the sometimes 'painful' phases we go through as we get a little older and a littler wiser. Babies have literal growing pains as their teeth come in. Teens have growing pains when they realize they aren't popular and they never will be. The key word here is 'growing,' really. That baby will eventually have teeth with which to gnaw on all sorts of yummy items, and he or she will be thankful for it. That teenager will hopefully manage to… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 13, 2008 at 8:26am —
Is there anyone here living near this area or that knows someone whom does that can confirm this or give any insight as to what, exactly, in the hell is going on?
Ark. city neighborhood under 24-hour curfew
Associated Press - August 10, 2008 8:34 PM ET
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) - Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley says he ordered a round-the-clock curfew and heavy… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 12, 2008 at 11:30pm —
[From the GameSpot forums. You can read the thread I posted this in here
Seriously, what is this? Militant atheists, eh? Where are they?
Here's a primer on… Continue
Added by Mark C. on August 12, 2008 at 9:37pm —
but a single pixel in space.
insignificant, or perfectly in place?
multiplying into megascopic reactions.
Little steps taken,
significant, or trite transactions?
I live on this pixel,
this pixel called, “Earth,”
and sometimes I wonder,
what it’s all worth.
Added by TJMorgan on August 12, 2008 at 8:00pm —
Why do we go to family reunions? Well, I don't anymore but, why do people have them? My family practically all live in the same town, we see each other enough, in my opinion. We all sit in our little cliques, talking about people in their little cliques. Does anyone have them in a church? This year ours is being held at my mom and sister's church. What the heck are all the kids going to do for entertainment?
Added by TinaFCD on August 12, 2008 at 7:32pm —
These are two things that will never change throughout my life.
There are a couple of rationale behind it.
1) When I get old and have dementia and there is the possibility that no one can speak for me, this will be kind of a "statement" for others to abide by. Like: "Don't feed me anything that comes from an animal" and "Don't send me to church".
I drive around senior citizens and disabled persons (it's my job...and I absolutely… Continue
Added by Larro on August 12, 2008 at 5:00pm —
Hey folks, gas prices are so much better then in the 1960's (adjusted, of course)! Doesn't that make you feel better? These guys seem to think you should think so:
A big surprise on gas: You may not believe it, but fuel is more affordable than it was during the early '60s.
Talk about a big, warm, fuzzy feeling inside, huh ?! Remember that next time it costs you upwards of $70 to… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 12, 2008 at 4:30pm —
I came across this article while doing my daily news trolling.
Prehistoric giant animals killed by man, not climate: study
The headline is fairly misleading and the content is somewhat fluffy. I'm trying to get my paws on the paper so I can give it a look but, as of this moment, the PNAS website doesn't yet have it available.
The research, theory and possible… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 12, 2008 at 12:08pm —
I'm heading back to school in.....5 days.
I'm looking forward to this because: I'll be getting away from the family once more.
I'm NOT looking forward to this because: I'll be 320 miles away from the love of my life for nearly 9-10 months.
Yes, I know I can come for visits, but it's not the same. I want to be here, with her, living with her, loving her, and all that sappy stuff. -sighs- She's willing to put up with me, so I guess I shouldn't… Continue
Added by Sage Hitek on August 12, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Public Service Announcement:
Thursday, August 14th, 2008, 8PM EST
From the show's promo: "Brother" Richard and Kym Membe are the founders of AtheistNexus.org. It's one the latest and hottest atheist communities on the web. They are appearing tonight to discuss whether or not we even need atheist community sites as well as providing us an awesome treat in hearing… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 12, 2008 at 9:07am —
Please add your two cents. I'd rather do a poll but this will have to do.
What does Atheism mean to you?
How would you symbolize it? How does being an atheist affect you and your life?
If you could pick on thing to represent atheism, what would it be and why?
Looking forward to LOTS of answers! Please comment!
Added by Neece on August 11, 2008 at 11:10pm —
Getting away from the general atheistic ranting that characterizes this blog, I feel the need to post a small memorial. Despite his Scientology background and the stupidity of leaving South Park for its satirizing of religious beliefs, I am quite sad at the passing of Isaac Hayes. If you can't get past his Scientology, then nothing can make you happy. If you can, though, I invite you to forget about Chef, forget about Shaft, and forget about this outfit right here:… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 11, 2008 at 10:42pm —
Of all the insults, of all the absurdities and smug assertions of superiority, this one
will always have a special place in my memories. This post, my friends, takes the cake.
I was arguing with somebody on Facebook, and she got so fed up she left in a huff. As is sometimes the case with online debaters who get really worked up about a debate they're in, she set her husband on me.… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on August 11, 2008 at 7:00pm —
I would come here more often, except there isn't really much to do. Sure, you can make blog and forum posts, as well as watch and add videos, but not much else and those things are relatively standard on sites, such as this. Maybe, in the future, more unique things will be added to give the user something a little different to pass the time with. For now, though, there's not much to make the Nexus stand out.
Also, it still has some quirks, such as not being able to delete videos,… Continue
Added by Steve on August 11, 2008 at 5:39pm —
Another company has decided to join the ranks of the jihadis.
Random House publishers have cancelled publication of Sherry Jones' novel "The Jewel of Medina", because the efforts of Muslim terrorists to force their censorship upon companies in "free" societies is succeeding.
The bottom line is that this novel is being cancelled, despite being scheduled for release, out of fear that "Muslims will be offended." "Being offended" is something that happens… Continue
Added by Drew on August 11, 2008 at 3:20pm —
Like a hole in the head. But, maybe I can use it for my more anti-theistic rants. It's just not cool to do it anywhere else.
How much does Ning link networks that you are in?
Added by AtheistJoy on August 11, 2008 at 2:00pm —
REDHEADS are becoming rarer and could be extinct in 100 years, according to genetic scientists.
The current National Geographic magazine reports that less than two per cent of the world's population has natural red hair, created by a mutation in northern Europe thousands of years ago.
Global intermingling, which broadens the availability of possible partners, has reduced the chances of redheads meeting and producing little redheads of their own.
It takes only… Continue
Added by Lucy on August 11, 2008 at 1:49pm —
Hey atheosphere (werd), I usually chronical my blogs with chapters (I'm on chapter 25 or so on my facebook page, but no one really reads that either), because I don't expect anyone to really pay attention to my lower level ramblings. I sub to many other atheistic blogs, and all I've got to say is they put me to shame. Quality. I especially enjoy this blog that talks about all the political philosophies. Refreshing.
Anyways, I was compelled to write this post because I saw the support… Continue
Added by Hann Chiu on August 11, 2008 at 1:00pm —