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Sexual Morality and Censorship

Recently while skimming through discussion threads on the Richard Dawkins forum, I was attracted to a thread discussing uproar by some members over the number of sexually themed discussion threads, with several members very upset over the number and the type of topics being discussed. The topics ranged from serious non religious based ethical queries into such topics as how one should view homosexuality or how one should define pedophilia, to more superfluous topics such as how long the perfect… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 6, 2008 at 7:09pm — No Comments


Glad to say I'm back online. I've missed the internet so much!!

Added by Jennie on August 6, 2008 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Research in Memory

I've had a few questions from people here about the research I do in a lab I work for at my university, which I briefly describe in my profile so I thought I'd describe it in more detail here.

I work in a lab that is interested in memory and attention and the mechanisms of executive control (which essentially refers to how attention is directed).

Our lab has looked at how retrieving an item from memory can impair memory for related items which causes long term forgetting.… Continue

Added by Rea on August 6, 2008 at 11:36am — 5 Comments

Becoming a Freethinker and a Scientist

Becoming a Freethinker and a Scientist

When I was a fairly precocious young man I became thoroughly impressed with the futility of the hopes and strivings that chase most men restlessly through life. Moreover, I soon discovered the cruelty of that chase, which in those years was much more carefully covered up by hypocrisy and glittering words than is the case today. By the mere existence of his stomach everyone was condemned to participate in that chase. The…


Added by Blu222 on August 6, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Funding Atheist Nexus

I've been pretty busy lately. School will be starting up again very soon and, rather suddenly, I got funds from my institution to pop off to King's College for some research into the personal papers of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (this is neither here nor there, but I'm all excited about it). I've been getting everything together for both and haven't had a lot of time to screw around online, like I usually do.

Imagine my half-surprise to find Atheist Nexus in a right kerfuffle, again.… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on August 6, 2008 at 9:10am — 2 Comments

I want atheist merch

I've searched the internet but fankly the results for atheist merchandise aren't that great. I don't want anything with a fish and I don't want anything offensive. I would like something with an american atheist logo or something. Just something simple.

Added by TravCav on August 6, 2008 at 7:58am — 5 Comments

holy ghost 'busted' on xkcd

I've loved this comic for a long time and things like this remind me why:

xkcd: A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.

Added by Hessenroots on August 6, 2008 at 7:50am — 1 Comment

Atheist = Witch

Gentle reader,

I am nominally an atheist - a person who does not believe in God or Gods. It has been said many times before that defining oneself as an atheist is a strange thing to do. To do that is to name yourself for something that you are not. In the same way, I could call myself an "avegetarian" (since I do eat meat).

Beside the nonsense factor behind the word "Atheist", I think we have just about reached a point here in the United States where using the "A" word to… Continue

Added by Buford Twain on August 5, 2008 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

Podcast is GO!!!11!

My first podcast is finally live!

~ Episode 1.01 ~

Teacher burns kid (and people still love him), what’s a human ?, little black masks and Toby Keith is as jackass

I'm really hoping to get feedback, comments, opinions and creative criticisim there on my blog or emailed at the link provided. I'm aware of a few techie issues (mic being sensitive, very slight volume fluxuation). I'll be… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 5, 2008 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

I guess I am officially a Humanist now. So what was I before -- an inhumanist?

Two very brief comments:

First, I'd like to announce that I just got a free 1-year membership with the American Humanist Association. The details are in this blog entry on the Friendly Atheist website, if you're interested in following up on this opportunity as I did. (A year's membership normally costs $35.)

Second, I applaud the Atheist Nexus webmaster(s)… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on August 5, 2008 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

World Youth Day roundup - a poke at the Pope

Re-post from Subjects Of Interest Blog

For those of you who live somewhere other than Australia you may not realise that Sydney recently become the epicentre of all things Catholic. World Youth Day, whatever it actually is, kicked off with a concert of truly biblical proportions. It featured the best Christian talent the Catholics could afford such as Guy Sebastian, Damien Leith (representing the Irish protestants) and Shannon Noll… Continue

Added by Subjects Of Interest on August 5, 2008 at 5:59pm — No Comments

I don't expect to post to this blog terribly regularly, but who knows. The next school semester is coming up, and goodness I am quite excited. It's going to be tough though, I lost my much needed sch…

I don't expect to post to this blog terribly regularly, but who knows.

The next school semester is coming up, and goodness I am quite excited. It's going to be tough though, I lost my much needed scholarship so I need to make the highest grades possible to get it back, and I need to get a job, and I'm hoping to do well in our school's forensics team, and I'm going to be trying to get in shape, and I'm going to be trying to keep learning on my own, and I'm gonna have to do all the stuff… Continue

Added by Melanie on August 5, 2008 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Someone Ought To Tell The Truth About The Bible

“Someone ought to tell the truth about the Bible.” This was written by a man back in 1894. His name was Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll and he was a Civil war veteran, an American political leader and an orator during the Golden Age of Freethought. Back in 1894 he wrote “About the Holy Bible” which is a must read… Continue

Added by Neece on August 5, 2008 at 1:38pm — 4 Comments

New gods! They're yummier then those old ones!

With the help of a good friend I've stumbled upon a simple (yet very effective) recipe for religion. You might question this but take a look at the foundation of mormonisim...

Hess and 'loops Religion

serves: humanity

2 - godless heathens

1 - internets (can substitute 1 intertoobs or 1 webbernets)

1 - news article detailing wacky fundie traning camp

Chat and let simmer for 3 - 4 hours (cooking times vary in high… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 4, 2008 at 10:39pm — 1 Comment

Birth of A Religion!

How does a religion come into being? Well, in this day and age, maybe by instant message between two friends, late at night, while surfing the internet for interesting stuff…

Here’s the recipe for Hess and Fruity’s Religion:

serves: Humanity

2: godless heathens

1: internets (can substitute 1 intertoobs, 1 webbernets or 1 ripe interwebs)

1: news article detailing wacky fundamentalist training camp

Chat and let simmer for 3-4 hours… Continue

Added by Neece on August 4, 2008 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

'food' for thought

Something to think about...

First, read this article:

A proposed state constitutional amendment defining a fertilized human egg as a person was certified Thursday for the November ballot, moving Colorado a step closer to an election battle over abortion rights.

Once you're done smacking your face into your desk, take a look at this and try to guess which one is a 'person' and which one would be delicious… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 4, 2008 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Atheism Disrobed

Atheism is not an ideology, it is not a belief system, but is simply the disbelief in a supernatural God. While theists often portray atheists as an immoral or amoral pact of people bent on evil doing, or as having no reason or seeing no value in life, it has been my experience that nothing could be further from the truth. Many rational thinking reasonable minded atheists value human life, human potential and human intellect. I and other rational thinking atheists look for answers to life… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 4, 2008 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

A Deified Word Square, of sorts.

There are more than a few things going on here...

(this is what I do when I'm bored... I also figured out a palindrome of sorts today... "pants old as a star- rats, a sad lost nap" ummmmm maybe I will use that someday in a much longer palindromic phrase... lol)

Added by Carmelita on August 4, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

God on twitter

Added by Danny Ferguson on August 4, 2008 at 1:08pm — No Comments

In the Beginning

If we take a little imaginary trip back in time to the era when Homo sapiens first started to evolve into modern humans, we might see the beginnings of some concepts that are still in place today.

For instance, it is quite likely that humans invented god(s) as explanations for unexplained events in nature. Slowly as knowledge grew, those god(s) were replaced with knowledge, but not until they were firmly embedded as memes.

Most holy writ has some story about origins, and some of those… Continue

Added by DaVinci on August 4, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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