This weekend was a personal test for my parenting. As an atheist parent, I am pretty adamant in presenting both sides of an argument and using context when discussing religious belief with my kids. The only confirmation of how fair of a job I am doing is when the kids end up in awkward… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on September 30, 2014 at 7:56pm —
This is from a speech I gave in 1999 as we were about to move into 2000. I thought it might be appropriate as we near Halloween.
First, let’s look at the popular conceptions and misconceptions about a mysterious group called the Illuminati.…
Added by Donald R Barbera on September 29, 2014 at 11:00am —
It seems over the last decade we have more things to be afraid of.
Between the advent of engineered disease, and surreptitious attacks of mind boggling computer viruses that could potentially bring down banking systems globally, it would seem we need to look at everything we… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 17, 2014 at 9:30pm —
Foreigners are not particularly impressed with most Americans' mental abilities and with good reason in some cases. For instance, nearly 25% of the American people believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance, but even worse 30% of Americans did not know when 9/11 … Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 24, 2014 at 12:00pm —
"It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley; but not at all so to believe or not in God." Denis Diderot [i]
One of my sons asked me if I was a nonbeliever and of course I asked, "a nonbeliever in what?" I was not trying to be flippant, but there are… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on January 28, 2014 at 8:26am —
From my atheism blog http://tonyjordan37814.blogspot.com/
Nearly all believers in every religion make the claim that religion is good for societies, that belief in their particular God, whether it be Yahweh, Jesus, Allah, or the various gods of Hinduism, leads to unity, health, wealth, peace, and stability. But is this claim reflected by the facts of reality ? Consider the following: Continue
Phil Zuckerman is a Professor of…
Added by Anthony Jordan on July 17, 2013 at 9:50pm —
With the recent shooting at a school in Newtown Connecticut and the shooting in Aurora Colorado violent video games are in the news again. The old men in the old media are blaming violent video games as they always do when a shooting hits the national news. Continue
Violent video games have been the target of old media and conservatives for years. They will spout dubious studies and claim there is a link. They will blame any act of violence on violent video games even if the perpetrator never…
Added by Lone Wolf on December 21, 2012 at 10:32pm —
I often tell people that faith is not even a rung on the ladder of truth.
However, there is room for faith as long as it is backed up by facts.
I do a lot of performances with a christian friend of mine named Kevin. He is one great drummer and I have faith that when we perform he is going to be outstanding.
Faith, though, will not guarantee that he will, just as it will not guarantee that the Earth… Continue
Added by Terry Groff on February 13, 2012 at 8:05pm —
You know, I guess you can say that I came to my self-belief, and my opinion about religion later in life. Like many things. Though I reason that kind of thing would be like a discussion of spilled milk. Truly the only thing one can affect is now, this very moment. Not the last moment, nor the next moment. This moment.
My belief in self, as well as my assessment about Christian mythology has been an evolutionary process. This section is my… Continue
Added by David Emig on June 15, 2011 at 10:52pm —
In high school I had three BFF’s (Best Friends Forever!) all of them had higher grades than I did and being somewhat insecure about that I thought that meant they actually knew more than I did. I am still friends with one of them but this tale involves the other two, I’ll call them Jen and Jane. During a conversation I only vaguely remember I used the word “cobbler” as in “He lives across the street from a cobbler.” Be aware that I grew up in Calgary, AB Canada, but my parents…
Added by Ally on March 17, 2011 at 4:25pm —
There are people out there who think that the wold is supposed to be a nice, happy, joyful, fair and just place. It is not
and it never
has been. The world is a cruel unfair and unjust place. Bad things happen to good people, bad people get away with doing bad things, shit happens to every one, innocent people suffer and ass holes don't get their comeupance!
Added by Lone Wolf on September 27, 2010 at 7:30pm —
Many theists say that with out god life has no meaning and purpose, we atheists say that with out an afterlife life has more meaning and we make out own purpose, they reply with "but its not objective", we point out that objective meaning and purpose are impossible
. Well here is a new question: Whats the meaning and purpose of meaning and purpose? Do happy people give a shit… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on August 28, 2010 at 5:00am —
Alien abduction is a phenomenon that many have claimed to have experienced. People who claim to have experienced this phenomenon described the aliens as short with grays skin, frail bodies, large heads with large black eyes, no fur or hair and no visible genitalia. They say that they aliens take them into their crafts, experiment on them and even molest them
Most people who claim to have been abducted by aliens sincerely believe they have been abducted by aliens and… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on August 24, 2010 at 7:30pm —
Copied from my blog
This is an extinction to a comment (3 actually due to the 500 character comment limitation) I am made to this video
(under the name "thenamelessone83"). It is not a Christian video about some cosmic meaning (which is what it would seem like from my comment) it is an atheist video… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on August 21, 2010 at 2:46pm —
Falsifiability is very important in science; scientific theories and hypotheses can not be scientific unless they are falsifiable. When creationist finally learn this they attempt to use it to discredit the theory of evolution.
Before I tear apart the argument I should explain what falsification is and its relevance in science. If something is unfalsifiable it can not be shown to be false, if it is falsifiable is can be shown to be false. Science does not prove theories and… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on August 18, 2010 at 9:35pm —
Before you read this: if you have an allergy to stupidity don't read this.
"Journalist" Ron Rosenbaum
has written an article for Slate Magazien called An Agnostic Manifesto
. In the article he takes the agnostic fence sitting
to its illogical conclusion. He has taken his misunderstanding of agnosticism, and mixed it with the holier than thou attitude of a religious… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on August 16, 2010 at 10:00pm —
Its a question that people have grappled with for millennia: Where did the universe come from? People came up with creation myths to answer it but didn’t have any concrete answers and its still the same today. While we have strong and well supported theories to explain things all the way back to 10-34 seconds after the big bang but from before moment zero to then is still a mystery.
So the question still remains but that doesn’t mean there are not possible answers.
But wait,… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on August 16, 2010 at 1:06am —
I like to think of myself as a rational person, but I have had my moments. When I was 8 or 9 years old, I fervently believed that there was a bear living under my back porch who would eat me if I went into the backyard at night. I have no idea where this belief came from. There was no evidence to support it, and I never told anyone else about it because I knew they would think I was just being silly. I even felt silly believing it, but the fear was still there. Regardless of what I could… Continue
Added by BacteriaWrangler on March 26, 2010 at 2:07am —
You hear allot about being “green” lately. For those of you who may not know what I mean by “green” it basically means being environmentally friendly. While that is a good thing, there is allot of bullshit in this green movement. Many things that people think are “green” are in reality not “green” and in fact very bad for the environment.
I’ll start with the inspiration for this post: Allot of people (including Obama) think ethanol is “green” because it comes from plants grown on… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on February 13, 2010 at 6:00am —
I’ve always wondered, “When did humans realize they were mortal?”
Were we Australopithecus? Homo erectus? Or did we have to wait until we were fully Homo sapiens?
Imagine a small group of early humans. What did they think was happening when one of them was killed by a predator and became “something” that resembled the very same meat they had for dinner last night! What did they think? Did they consciously tell themselves “we are just mobile meat waiting to be killed… Continue
Added by Philippe on February 5, 2010 at 6:46am —