The philosophy of Epicurus was a major influence on my way of thinking. From a naturalistic (non-supernatural) view of the universe, to the importance of evidence from the senses in acquiring knowledge (empiricism), the primacy of matter (materialism), to the importance of individual happiness as the primary goal of life (based, as I interpret it, in respect for one’s own dignity), together with the importance of friendship and… Continue
Added by Mequa on November 26, 2014 at 3:39am —
Catholics and some Protestant Christian groups still quote and stand by the writings of these two , who were once considered wise men, but forget that in worldly knowledge and rationality, they can be beaten now by the average intelligent ten year old, in both knowledge and wisdom.
For Thomas Aquinas:
Added by Dyslexic's DOG on October 23, 2013 at 1:30am —
So, I listened to a little bit of Dave Ramsey today on talk radio because, well, conservative talk is about the only option in East Tennessee, and I usually prefer talk with which I disagree compared with bad pop and worse rock. If you don't know who Dave Ramsey is, he's… Continue
Added by Our Daily Train blog on March 23, 2013 at 3:17pm —
Are you ready?
J: Reading City of God, and St. Augustine just used Greek philosophy/paganism to prove that Jesus Christ is the only sensible mediator between God and man.
Richard: Proof? oh please do let us hear it!
Random Interjection: You could read it for yourself, rather than… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on May 15, 2012 at 1:42am —
Your hosts bring in reinforcements to tackle a divine view on morality. God said it, people believe it, and we’re questioning it. Does this week’s moral theory stand a prayer’s chance? What’s wrong with saying God is good? And can he draw a square triangle? Join us as we spin our wheels trying to explain Divine Command Theory in this holy edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner, with special guest Joel… Continue
Added by The Mile High Sanity Project on January 8, 2012 at 4:15pm —
The cells in our cortex are essentially machines ready to be influenced by the world as we are born. A blank slate, if you will. While there is some genetically programmed organization there from embryological development, all areas in the cortex pretty much do the same thing as far as pattern recognition (see YT video of Jeff Hawkins’ (On Intelligence, Hierarchical Temporal Memory)). What makes certain areas of our cortex perform different functions has more to do with which sense organs… Continue
Added by MCT on January 21, 2011 at 1:06am —
This is just a very short and simple version of what I have argued as the proper way to understand choice. I believe there is no such thing as freewill. Choice, in my opinion is a causally determined mental calculation that we are all relatively free to make. Freedom and control are relative terms describing a relatioship between entities. Neither can be absolute, ever. Of course we have relative freedom to choose, it is just that that choice is not completely free from anything and not at… Continue
Added by MCT on January 20, 2011 at 5:00am —
Painting of King Soloman, 1872 or 1874, by Simeon Solomon, British 1840 - 1905. Continue
Gift of William B. O'Neal, to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 1995.52.170
Not on View - Public Domain http://www.nga.gov/cgi-bin/tsearch?artistid=9868…
Added by D R Hosie on September 3, 2010 at 1:30pm —
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 —
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 —
From Atheist Climber Blog
Writing this blog has been a huge learning experience for me. I've had a large amount of comments, on some threads particularly, which have ranged from enlightened thought through to downright insanity, but each has helped me formulate just where I stand in relation to religion, humanity and the universe. One thing has become clear to me when discussing issues with… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 7, 2010 at 2:00am —
I brought this over from where I first posted it, earlier today, at Modern Atheist.org - D R Hosie
Added by D R Hosie on June 6, 2010 at 11:00pm —
I published this piece at my blog and thought you all might appreciate it.
As you may know, my universe has no room for the possibility of a god. And in general I don't care what other people think and believe as long as their suppositions and practices don't affect me in any way. You can believe in fairies and unicorns and believe you have to bay at the moon 2 times a night to stop from… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 30, 2010 at 6:34pm —
One of the innate human characteristics that separates us from other animals on earth is our insatiable need to find out "why". Our natural need to seek for things like food and a mate is shared with other animals, but the questioning of why things happen is a unique to humans. It is ingrained in us, from the first day we start searching… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 17, 2010 at 9:15pm —
We know nothing.
The collective knowledge of all the people on earth that have ever lived is but a drop in the ocean of all possible knowledge in the universe. (1)
And the amount of knowledge any one person has is… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 9, 2010 at 10:31pm —
Via Atheist Climber Blog
Religion really is an oddity in humanity. When citing religion, one can be excused for irrational behaviour or beliefs. It gives people an excuse to not take part in the cultural norms of the society they live in. It allows people rights and privileges that people not of that religion are denied. It regularly excuses wrongdoing and lawbreaking if these are done "in the name of God". It… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 4, 2010 at 10:41pm —
Added by Martin Pribble on April 26, 2010 at 11:30pm —
From "Atheist Climber" blog,
There seems to be a lot of confusion for people on what is a compelling argument, and what is just muddying the waters of debate. So often, when in discussions around the existence of gods, the yeasayer will turn to personal experiences of things… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on April 26, 2010 at 11:30pm —
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 was originally going to publish this at Associated Content but they don't give up front payments for opinion articles so I published it there under a non-exclusive license and will publish it else where including my blog
Beliefs in gods is as old as civilization as is religion. But is the belief in god(s) and religion necessary? Does it benefit society or does it harm society? It is my belief that a belief in god(s)… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on February 1, 2010 at 4:44pm —