I don't believe that "Gut Feeling" is exclusively highly developed among persons without a formal education in science. There are many examples of self-educated persons who have a highly developed sense of direction that is not consciously derived. In fact, I think a person educated in science, who is also a free thinker, will have an even higher developed and more sharpened "Gut Feeling". The label may be the more eloquent "Intuition" or "ESP".
In the same way that you may… Continue
Added by Paul B. Claeyssens on April 8, 2013 at 6:30am —
"In America it is sport that is the opiate of the masses."
"Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no wionners, only survivors."
"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasures in witnesssing violence: in other words it is war minus the… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on February 4, 2013 at 8:20pm —
when green the grass did grow
around the fumbles of desire
i followed my own footprints
up my mountain seeking...higher
looking with my eyes i found
myself too quickly blind
looking past my eyes…
Added by Philip Jarrett on January 15, 2013 at 10:00am —
This week's content comes to us from http://www.everythingisterrible.com/, from the DJ/collage artist Defenestrator III (look for his tag on the posts there). In honor of the great work he does for the collective, or whatever you would call the folks at Everything is Terrible, I will now be posting all my podcasts in 160 kbps. I don't think 82 megabytes… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on January 10, 2013 at 12:56pm —
A couple of prayer requests for the President came across my desk a few weeks ago. At first I just deleted them because they came from my religious friends and I didn’t want to offend them even though they probably never considered that the people on their mailing list may be of different religions or no religion at all.… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on December 19, 2012 at 8:30pm —
This struck me funny this morning as I was contemplating -lost in thought. Even the question itself, "Does God exist?", is bizarre.
My girls will watch a questionably scary movie and immediately be wary of the dark rooms in our house. I have several rational arguments to belay, to ease their worries. Arguments that allow me to run through creepy old houses in the dark no-problem. Here's 2 examples...
Me stating rationally: There were no… Continue
Added by JP Carey on November 19, 2012 at 11:51am —
“The Biblical account of Noah’s Ark and the Flood is perhaps the most implausible story for fundamentalists to defend. Where, for example, while loading his Ark, did Noah find penguins and polar bears in Palestine?”
“We have fools in all sects and impostors in most; why should I believe mysteries no one can understand, because [they were] written by men who chose to mistake madness for inspiration… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on November 16, 2012 at 8:30pm —
“Men never do evil as completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”
“The religions of mankind must be classed among the mass-delusions of this kind. No one, needless to say, who shares a religious delusion ever recognizes it as such.”
Back in the day, the insane were considered evil, possessed. You had to beat, torture or drown the demon within. But the… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on November 11, 2012 at 3:44pm —
A lot of you wonder how I feel about human life and when it begins. I get a lot of puzzled prayers on it. "Lord," these supplicants say. "do you really mean it when you say some four-cell blastocyst is the same as a real breathing human being like Ted Nugent or Honey Boo-Boo?"
To which I respond, Hell yeah. Life is sacred because I make it that way. All seven billion of you are made in My image, from the coldest Eskimo in Nome to the hottest stripper in…
Added by Richard Cahill on October 30, 2012 at 12:08pm —
Let's assume for argument's sake that God created everything as Genesis states. We shall consider Genesis to be perfectly accurate. The problems encountered are far greater than incongruence with reality.
If God has always existed, is all-good and is the origin of everything, I have some questions.
Where does evil come from? If God is to be considered the origin of everything/everyone, then God somehow created evil. If God is omniscient, he did so intentionally. Further,… Continue
Added by Sean McGuire on September 5, 2012 at 2:15am —
“God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: He will set them above their betters.”
“I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come into contact with religious people.”
Recent A/N threads have generated much thoughtful… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on August 25, 2012 at 5:02pm —
“If God wants us to do a thing he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.”
“I cannot believe in a God who has neither humor nor common sense.”
W. Somerset Maugham
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series will remember that Zach is my 6-year-old stepson (7 this month) whose task of configuring the world – his… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on August 10, 2012 at 8:30pm —
I know I am not the only one who has thought of this, in fact I have pondered it before but with no real revelation. This morning is a little different though. Let me be clear, tho I am against teaching any religion period the hypocrit in me gives me thrills to think of it. On the other hand, the psychological...science/social part of me can see real intelligence of the affect of my thought. So here it is, in order to create more atheist thinkers teach that God is a woman. Please laugh… Continue
Added by Earther on July 10, 2012 at 9:11am —
Oh how I wish the recently demonstrated Higgs Boson, which bestows mass on particles, had never…
Added by bazie on July 4, 2012 at 2:51pm —
“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.”
I recently heard some women discussing a “women’s spirituality group.” They wanted to determine whether there was such a thing as “female spirituality”?
It’s impossible to say, since no one can really be sure what someone else means when he/she uses this word.
Spirituality is very popular these days. Everybody wants to be known as “spiritual.” That’s not… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on June 14, 2012 at 6:00pm —
“I always wondered how much my soul was worth. So when Cinemax asked me if I’d go on camera to interview soft-core porn stars on the set of its new series, ‘Sin City Diaries,’ in return for $2,000 and a free night in Las Vegas, I discovered that my soul was worth some amount less than $2,000 and a free night in Las Vegas.”
In other writings I have defined two of the most vague yet most powerful religious buzzwords – “God”…
Added by Alan Perlman on June 13, 2012 at 2:00pm —
“Men make themselves believe that they believe.”
“The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.”
Marquis de Sade
What does it mean to “believe in God,” as 95% of the population professes to do? As an academically-trained linguist and a secular humanistic Jew, I’ve thought about this question for many years and listened to how people answer it. I’ve collected several…
Added by Alan Perlman on June 12, 2012 at 3:00pm —
“Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable.”
“Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.”
“Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.’
“Our Bible reveals to us the character of our God with minute and remorseless… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on June 7, 2012 at 8:29pm —
Stolen from an actual conversation on Facebook between "J" an Intelligent Design proponent who thinkings evolutionary theory is not to be believed and some fellow believers in woo....
J: Why is it that young-earth creationist papers (published in creationist journals and peer-reviewed by other creationists) generally quite explicitly start off by assuming what they're trying to prove?
K: Confirmation bias.
J: Many of the… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on May 30, 2012 at 1:27am —
Chatting to a believer on facebook:
They had posted a status about their car. Thanks to a canny deal with the insurance this allowed them to pay off a loan outstanding and own their car completely, all the actions of which they attributed to the movement of the divine hand:
"we needed to give God another Acclamation (as He is due every moment of every day) for His next blessing in this saga. After giving us the value of the car in… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on May 27, 2012 at 9:30am —