Like all on this site, I am not a religious person. I did not grow up going to church. Instead, I was left to read and learn about anything I wanted on my own and with questions. There was no dogma given to me. While I am very thankful to my family for this, I also realize there is a gap in my life experience that is often filled by religious affiliation and the extended-extended family that is provided by peers in religious associations.
I've often heard the radio report that… Continue
Added by Josh Gough on July 20, 2008 at 4:30am —
Brother Richard told me he was going to hold me to my promise of helping out however I can. As a start, I did a post about the Atheist Network on my other blog
Added by Laurie Hatton on July 20, 2008 at 1:30am —
I'm splitting this blog into several parts in the interest in my getting *some* sleep at night. I think I should be able to maintain my logical flow from day to day, but I make no guarantees whatsoever.
First off, I would like to make it clear that my main objection with Sam Harris is not the intent of his book but the content, and the methodology. Speaking about how faith ends is not what atheists and the burgeoning athiestic community needs to be hearing right now. We've already… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on July 19, 2008 at 11:00pm —
Is it an insurgency within the atheist movement, or is the dominant culture now faced with an insurgency made of atheists?
I hope the latter is chosen as the assumed definition for the movement, that was the original intent, but the two words together still add up to potential ambiguity.
To clear things up further, I'll officially state the following points:
• Belief is a delusion.
• Faith is for fools.
• Church is for chumps.
• Democracy has been… Continue
Added by Atheist Insurgency on July 19, 2008 at 10:00pm —
Well, I'm new to Atheist Nexus, and I already like it a lot. It's neat to be on a social networking site with people who have share many of the same interests beliefs and experiences as myself, but there's still a lot of controversy and difference to keep things interesting. (I've already met a few people that I'm pissed at!) It's nice to not have to type in "religious beliefs" and worry about what people might think when they read it. It's nice to search for groups without feeling compelled to… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on July 19, 2008 at 9:20pm —
Rhyme Torrents 7 has finally released, and it's a drastic improvement over previous comps. I've got a track on Disk 2, or midway through the comp. It can be downloaded over at www.rhymetorrents.org in ZIP, RAR or via Torrent. Go get it and enjoy the nerdy goodness!
Added by Michael Becker on July 19, 2008 at 7:44pm —
I was asked a few good questions recently and thought those questions with my replies might make an enlightening post for HQ. The questions have been posted without editing or correction.
Preamble: I wanted first off to say that I do respect your positions. I think you are one of the most open-minded people I’ve met (on the internet or other wise).
I want to ask you a few personal questions and if you do not want to answer I… Continue
Added by Jack Carlson on July 19, 2008 at 7:30pm —
My husband, daughter and I volunteered this morning to help distribute "green" grocery/shopping bags to every household in our village today. We arrived at the village center early, chose our preferred distribution area, received our 150 bags and set out.
With the local Fox affiliate in tow.
They followed us from the village center back to our area, wired my husband with a mic and proceeded to dog our every step as we trudged through the neighborhood.
Until it… Continue
Added by Laura on July 19, 2008 at 5:30pm —
All three acts are now available for viewing and/or download (iTunes only, unfortunately ). Be sure and watch it before Sunday (07/20/08) as that's when it's rumored to disappear.
Added by Jack Carlson on July 19, 2008 at 4:00pm —
"Calorie Lab" is a website that ordinarily publishes more or less useful commentary on diets and diet plans, generally skewing to the reality-based side, but this last week they published a very credulous workup of Stanley Burroughs and his "cleanse" diet plan here.
The article presents the diet in a more or less legitimate sounding light until the last few grafs. That was extremely troubling… Continue
Added by warreno on July 19, 2008 at 3:00pm —
Thanks to those who have shared their identities in these services I've been able to add several more of you as friends. Thanks for the connections.
Added by Jack Carlson on July 19, 2008 at 11:42am —
This is the source for the opening theme from Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex
, and is distinctly house in its stylings. I like it because the title sequence is filled with Major Kusanagi's dreams; you see what a girl, whose body was lost to her into adulthood until there was nothing human about her but her spinal column and brain, sees as she sleeps. The dreams of a cyborg. A girl who never had the time to change into woman; it was just… Continue
Added by warreno on July 19, 2008 at 6:13am —
Am not going to write much here, as I already maintain a blog. You can found it here: Pro-Science
Added by Kristjan Wager on July 19, 2008 at 5:44am —
Or not, perhaps. Delia Derbyshire was apparently responsible for the mix of Ron Grainer's Dr. Who theme in 1963, but damn, she did some other innovative, amazing work in the analog era.
Hit this link and listen to her piece under the 'Timeless' header; or just hit this.
That was last week, right?
Added by warreno on July 19, 2008 at 5:30am —
Crossposted from my pad
Yes, another reply to a riposte from James Lileks of the Minnesota Star-Tribune. If it keeps up at this rate I might have to add another category.
Thursday he was in rare form, and opened with a nice salvo:
Another day in the Land of Inversion, where the obvious is not an option.…
Added by warreno on July 19, 2008 at 3:28am —
Today was full of suck, with many users being very needy, and day 2 of no long distance in the office, so I spent all day on the phone with vendors. Oh, and one of our sites backups hadn't worked properly since last july. And some shadow copies were disappearing faster than I could recover data from them.
And I found Limewire on a users machine who is always bitching about how her compy doesn't work.
And a hard drive died. So yeah, suck ass.
Also, I'm on Twitter, at Able_X.… Continue
Added by Michael Becker on July 18, 2008 at 10:21pm —
I was driving down the street the other day and got stuck at a red light behind a gigantic Escalade. I went through the usual thoughts about how much gas the car was guzzling, how much the owner paid for fuel every week, whether or not he or she actually needed
said Escalade for driving around the suburbs. Then I noticed this bumpersticker on the back of the behemoth:
In the Event of Rapture, This Car Will Be Driverless
And I thought, "Wow, when that happens,… Continue
Added by Laura on July 18, 2008 at 6:51pm —
Hey Folks! Just figured I'd drop you all a line to let you know that I'll be interviewed this coming Sunday the 20th on HorrorMovieFans.com Blogtalk Radio at 7:45 PM Central Time. I'll be discussing the book and Wildside Cinema as well as participating in some fun indie horror chatter. Continue
Added by CultCinemaCritic on July 18, 2008 at 6:25pm —
Oh, the insufferable necessity of being constantly reminded of how many members are on at any given point in time. AN swaggers, drunk with new found popularity. Actually I think they just put that on peoples pages where nothing else is going on. Let's face it, Fridays arent the best blog days, work crews tend to blow off even more steam than usual and who wants to miss that carnival. It's so nice to know that my simpatico host, AN, and I share a similar vice, OCD. I'm addicted to blogging and… Continue
Added by DaVinci on July 18, 2008 at 5:43pm —
Taken from my blog at http://beinghuman.blogs.fi
The freedom on thinking and the general development of societies have always been following a common path. The Greece of antiquity reached unprecedented achievement in science and arts when their religion did not really stall the development of the free thought in this society.
When thinking became freer, there was an explosion of ideas and also a new kind of economic vitality that made the material improvement of this… Continue
Added by Jaakko Wallenius on July 18, 2008 at 4:56pm —