All Blog Posts Tagged 'education' (56)

RE: Pareidolia

To stay on topic I will post over the title: Pareidolia. Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon in which people see shapes or hear sounds which they consider to be significant when they are not and in some cases, don’t exist at all.



I was just thinking about how this is almost all religion, and I use the word almost loosely. Let's start with something I know all too well: Baptist. My grandmother was helplessly praying all night and day long when gramps died. Now,…
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Added by Stevie Kyle on December 12, 2009 at 2:07am — 1 Comment

Carl Sagan

This was posted by Gavin Melville Barber, Thanks!

This is what I read to my children. Through reading about these people as child, I have learned the way towards being a free person is to read. It drives home several very important facts. This aspiring piece that shows the depth of Carl Sagan and of his passion for humanity. That of Frederick Bailey, an observant child. Who rose up from slavery to freedom. When you get your turn to rise up from "mental slavery" whom will you take with… Continue

Added by animus on August 1, 2009 at 1:47am — 1 Comment

Ignorance and Stupidity in the U.S.A.

This is my first blog post on Nexus and with a title such as I have titled this blog, possibly my last but I hope not. A little about myself before we get into the meat of this subject...



I was born and raised in a small town in southeastern Ohio. I was a failure in the public education system and dropped out in the eighth grade. I worked in a variety of jobs mostly in the corrugated box industry. I have lived in Columbus Oh, Jacksonville Fl, Greenbay Wi, Fargo ND and now I am back… Continue

Added by Ron Edwards on July 26, 2009 at 3:15pm — 3 Comments

On losing an individual battle on the educational frontier of the evolution-creation culture war!

Its an odd coincidence that I got a message from Atheist Nexus today, causing me to log in after a long time. Not that I put much stock in coincidences, but I feel distinctly odd. Odd because the email came right after I got out of a meeting with my born-again devout christian graduate student who announced they were quitting the biology graduate program after a prolonged struggle, and much prayer, to try to reconcile faith with evolution!



I won't go into all the details of the back… Continue

Added by Madhusudan Katti on July 21, 2009 at 6:16pm — 12 Comments

It's time to mess with Texas

I've also posted this at the ever-growing Good Reason News, please visit, if you feel like it.

Thanks.

-b.




A Wall Street Journal article says there's a big push to bring Christianity into the public classroom.



The Texas Board of Education, which recently approved new science standards that made room for…
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Added by Billy Deaton on July 16, 2009 at 5:23pm — 3 Comments

Is the Bible free speech?

Not when you preach in a public school. Unless this guy wins his lawsuit.

Added by Billy Deaton on June 11, 2009 at 7:39pm — No Comments

What you don't know won't hurt you: Abstinence Only Education

George didn’t believe in driver’s education, he didn’t want to have anything to do with it.



Never mind how he learned to drive, his biggest fear was that his children would get hurt if they learned too much about it in advance, but he knew his children would one day drive a car when they reached the legal age.



Until then, he decided, his children would be allowed nowhere near his car or even see the keys, and especially not one of those rules-of-the-road books, that would… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on May 23, 2009 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Crazy for God

I often judge a book by how much it makes me think and reflect. Frank Schaeffer's, Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back - certainly passed that test. The outdoors, mountains, adventures with firecrackers, hunting, hiking and, of course religion, all were a big part of my childhood and relationship with my father as it was for Frank. Some other similarities struck me as well. As the oldest, my mother… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on April 2, 2009 at 10:20am — 2 Comments

science says: abstinence-only education is a public health hazard

On his trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI declared that traditional Church teachings are the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of STIs. So I decided to take a look at what science has to say about it and found that not only is traditional abstinence-only education an abject failure (ex: 82% of virginity pledgers deny their pledge later and have just one less partner than non-pledgers), it's also dangerous to the public at large. (… Continue

Added by Greg F. on March 19, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Biology of just failng in teaching?

Check this out: NewScientist.com



After reading the article I can tell you that my High School and College educations have done little to improve people's understanding of natural phenomena. I don't know if I agree with the conclusion of the study that there may be a hardwired component to believe in a purpose driven existence or if it is, as… Continue

Added by Joshua Dolan on March 2, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Military, Schools, and Porn: New posts at my Examiner.com column!

Things are getting interesting at my Examiner.com column (the DC Secularism Examiner). But of course, aren't they always? :)



Experience the atheistic adventure as I...



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Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 1, 2009 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Panama

Just spent a couple of weeks vacationing in Panama and doing the Canal. What a major engineering feat. I read The Path Between the Seas a couple of years ago then again for this trip. The book really helps in understanding the accomplishment. I stayed in a jungle cabin in a very catholic and superstitious community. Ten children and no birth control. They are very proud of their organic farming techniques. It is just a reminder to me of how far the third world has to go before they can even… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on February 14, 2009 at 8:33pm — 1 Comment

Turkish creationist offering trillions to prove that transitional fossils are real is crazier than the media reports...

A Turkish creationist's stunt contest offering 7.5 trillion lira or $4.6 trillion U.S. is still open and will be for a very long time. But can you expect anything else from someone who thinks that evolution is a Zionist/Freemason conspiracy to enslave his countrymen?

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Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

your book vs. my universe, a science writer's statement of purpose

This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...



I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Cry for Education

Having been reading, watching, thinking, living evolution quite a bit over the last bit. I'm awestruck at how so many people who don't even understand the concept of evolution dismiss it as nonsense. To do so would hold a strong likeness to me claiming that some surgical procedures promise for success is utterly zero. While I may have some anatomical knowledge, it is… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 5, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments

Educate yourself, it's free!

People are likely aware of this already but I felt the need to share the link.



The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers 1800 courses free on their OpenCourseWare site.



Lecture notes, audio and course text have been included with the ones I've completed. A few I've browsed have a bit of video as well. You're not earning credits but for those like myself unable to afford to continue college, yet… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 9, 2008 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

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