All Blog Posts Tagged 'evidence' (17)

Criticism

I know the impact of criticism, I've known it all my life. It begins with my family who expects me to fit in, to think as they do, to do the things that they do, to remain silent because I say things they don't want to hear or read. 

Sometimes the criticism is constructive, offering me a new frame of reference, pointing out a contradiction, exposing my biases and these are all valuable and important in my creative processes. 

There is another kind of criticism that is less…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2014 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Why is There Even a Question About God?

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…

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Added by JP Carey on November 19, 2012 at 11:51am — 4 Comments

Religious Thinking and Simple Minds

I am treated as evil by people who claim that they are being oppressed

because they are not allowed to force me to practice what they do.” ~D. Dale Gulledge

 

 

Ignorance is our natural state: we were born that way. We learn what we know as…

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Added by Atheist Exile on April 13, 2012 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Some pearls of (un)wisdom from a creationist on facebook.

"You are checking theism with twisted, naturalistic logic. The two are completely incompatible, and thus one cannot define the other. That is the greatest fallacy of those who support Naturalism, thinking that they have an upper hand in defining the undefinable."



"If God wanted himself to be able to be tested by his own creation, then we could do so. We can't, and thus He doesn't."



"Since God works 100% through natural methods (meaning he rarely comes down to earth and… Continue

Added by Richard Healy on March 16, 2012 at 2:46am — 6 Comments

What atheism SHOULD mean

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“A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.” ~José Bergamín
Many people mistakenly believe that dictionary definitions tell us what words mean. But it’s the other way around. We, by our actual usage of words, tell dictionary lexicographers how to define words. English is a fluid… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on July 17, 2011 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

My Atheism Doesn’t Need Evolution

Atheists are often portrayed as die hard believers in evolution, and atheism is quite often portrayed as being dependent upon believing in the validity of evolution. But you know what? Some people, such as myself, did not need to rely on Darwin to steer our courses off the path of religion and onto the path of reason.

 

Consider:

 

The bible was not created by a god nor inspired by the word of any god. It was written by a number of people who tried…

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Added by Brian Bridson on July 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Apologists of Circumcision

The Columbus, Ohio newspaper, The Republic, just today printed the story Religion: Battle Over Circumcision, describing the battle that is erupting in San Francisco over a November 8 ballot that would ban male circumcision. While much of the article tries to distract readers from the issue by making reference to Foreskin Man and how it incites the anger of religious groups like Jews. I think the real issue is not what the author of “Foreskin Man” is up to, but the fact that there is an…

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Added by Brian Bridson on July 15, 2011 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Alien Abduction

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[1].



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 — No Comments

I Get Philophical on Long Rainy Weekends...

...drink a few beers and ponder the existence of Sun.



"Show me the evidence!" I say, thumping the table with my fist for emphasis, "Show me the e-v-i-d-e-n-c-e!" I shared this sentiment with the men at work, and they all agreed. "Yeah, where the hell's it at?" "I haven't seen it in a while." "Does it even exist?"



The Sun came out yesterday.



I was standing atop a 30-foot pipe bridge when He burst upon us in all His Glory. "I believe!" I cried, throwing my hands…

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Added by Scott Popejoy on July 26, 2010 at 9:19am — No Comments

What evidence Muslims use to prove that Islam is true



I have mentioned many times here on Atheist Nexus about the social pressures to conform, and the cult-like nature of tradionalist Islam (isolationist, puritanical, exclusivist, controlling etc), and the many mind-control techniques employed by the religious people to ensure they retain power and the religion survives. However, underlying all this is the assumption that Muslims make that Islam is 'the true…
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Added by Murtad Fitri on April 18, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

I was one of those Christians that actually read my Bible...

...and believed every word of it!

If there were inconsistencies within or without, I credited that to our finite understanding of the infinite. We would understand it "by and by." But where the Bible spoke as literal truth to the very tangible world we can see, hear, touch, taste and smell, where it spoke to our finite understanding in finite terms, I fully expected things to line up...within AND without: The creation, the flood, the geneologies, the history of nations,…

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Added by Scott Popejoy on April 1, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Wotan Hears A Cthulhu!

This was also posted over at Cubik's Rube.




I just watched the film Horton Hears A Who!. It was very philosophically troubling.



No, really.



I never read the book, so this rant will apply to the movie version only. And I'm sure this is one of those times where Your Mileage My Vary, as to how much I should be reading into all this or whether any of it… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on August 13, 2009 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Unfair Trade Commission 1-877-382-4357



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNBHuRgY0YE





Unfair Trade Commission 1-877-382-4357



American Civil Liberties Union(A.C.L.U.)

http://www.aclu.org/contact/index.html



File your reports A.S.A.P. to put a stop to this and to make Goggle accountable for their part in this and their misconduct by their own words. Get IPs if at all possible so they to can be reported.



This is a mirrored vid that contains some contact info for… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on April 15, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

I know what I know

I had someone tell me in a conversation once that I seem very sure of my answers and in the very same conversation a couple sentences later he told me you don't seem to be sure about a lot of things. And then in another conversation he did the same thing but said I see things pretty black and white and then a bit later said I see things as a lot of gray areas. Basically he was complaining that I was claiming to be able know things for certain but then complained when I said I don't know about… Continue

Added by TravCav on April 5, 2009 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Secrets of an atheist diary

Logic linking, rational thinking, socratic speaking, skeptical sleuths seeking out truths clouded in conditioned youths determined by causality to seek out the details of debris, part of some ultimate reality, following evidence with each sense condensed through perspectives fence of relativity realized through free inquiry, following leads, pulling out weeds, recognizing breeds thanks to evolution, an elegant solution to the diversity of life, knifed by supernatural beliefs, arrogant chiefs,… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on April 4, 2009 at 7:38am — 2 Comments

intelligent designer wanted, apply within

For just a moment, let’s run with the idea that life as we know it was designed by some higher intelligence which put together the basic chemistry for life in an organized and stable form at some time in the ancient past. Would it still have to comply with the laws of nature? How does one prove it in a scientific way? And how does the existence of countless other worlds make it incalculably tougher to prove that there's only one designer in the universe?



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Added by Greg F. on January 24, 2009 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

Surprise!

Since I'm a senior in high school, I've been getting a lot of stuff from colleges interested in me. Phone calls, mailers, email, DVDs, you get the idea. Usually they just ask how my college search is going, and since I've decided to attend my community college first, the calls have shortened considerably.



I just got a call from Simpson U, a college in I-don't-know-where. The guy on their end asks me casually how I'm doing (this seems to be the most common question). Then he talks a… Continue

Added by Draccataura on December 11, 2008 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

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