All Blog Posts Tagged 'human' (24)

Hypothesis: The Real History Of Religion

The development of complex languages, around 200,000 years ago, that can describe and pass on abstract thinking (like religious thought) has been likely the biggest force behind our cultural evolution, which has taken off exponentially since the first sentences were formed.

This use of language to describe complex and abstract notions sparked our cultural or cognitive evolution which recording in writing and now vocal/video/software has pushed along this exponential growth curve,…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on December 5, 2013 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Project discourse: basic ideas

For an introduction to this project please see this post.

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Here's a string of ideas I aim to draw on to create discourse for thinking about ourselves as having evolved:

  1. There's nothing in the universe except:

       -  matter acted on by physics

       -  whatever's involved…
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Added by Shaun Johnston on April 13, 2013 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

What Am I?

The greatest question to me at this moment is "what am I?"

Not just as it pertains to my social label of Humanist, atheist, agnostic, irreligious, skeptical, etc., but in relation to my mere existence. This fuzzy feeling I get when crawling around in the darkness of existentialism seems too real. I keep finding new ideas and experiences and when I press their "on" buttons to see what they do, it changes my perception of reality. It's more than just being objective when playing with…

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Added by Jordan V. on February 22, 2013 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Chicken Little and Gay Skys

My heyday came and went years ago. It was a time when people were in the streets protesting the fat cats, the Vietnam War, and politicians. We were empowered to scare the shit out my father's generation that wanted everything to go back to the "Good Old Days." It didn't, at least temporarily. Now many of those that dodged the draft because of rich families have become the fat cats, the war mongers and politicians. Perhaps, that is merely the way of the world as the dregs always seem to make… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on August 3, 2012 at 5:51pm — 14 Comments

Religion's Word Games

Human language is much older than 5000 years old. For all we know, religion is about as old as old as human language. We can all agree that religion has had a very long time to influence the evolution of human language. I say it is about time non-religious humans take control over the evolution of the human language.

I will give you just one example of what religion has done to our human language:

Think about the definition of love. When I say the word love, what am I talking…

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Added by AtheistTech on May 2, 2012 at 3:06am — 7 Comments

Egyptian Atheist risks her life and poses nude for freedom and human rights!

I absolutely admire this young brave lady and her boyfriend for standing up against tyranny. In a country that has Islamic fervor, these brave young individuals have sent a statement to those who value freedom to not be afraid of speaking up for your values. And what are those values? FREEDOM. Deciding what to do with your life and how to express yourself. I stand with these brave young souls for 110% - and this is coming from an…
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Added by Sassan K. on November 20, 2011 at 2:50pm — 4 Comments

Somali Islamists maintain aid ban and deny famine

I had to repost this..I posted it when the terrorist controversy happened so it didn't get more attention but it is urgent..


More from the "religion of peace" - they would rather have their own people die than to receive aid and food from the international community and the United…
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Added by Sassan K. on July 24, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Sam Harris on Ethics

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/25/ted.sam.harris/index.html



I’ve read Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation and own both versions (hardback and paperback) as well as a paperback copy of The End of Faith long recommended to me by my second roommate. While I don’t share his enthusiasm or background in philosophy and neuroscience, I can agree in principle with the thoughts he espouses in this article,… Continue

Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 27, 2011 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Belgian lawmakers pass burka ban

As the BBC reports Belgium passes a law banning burqas.

Belgium's lower house of parliament has voted for a law that would ban women from wearing the full Islamic face veil in public. The law would ban any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in places like parks and on the street. No-one voted against it.

The law now goes to the Senate, where it may face challenges over its wording, which may delay…
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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on April 1, 2011 at 3:40am — No Comments

Is It Always Right to Uphold Your Religious Convictions?

found via AtheistMedia



I must say it is not easy for me to form a decision here. Contrary to some people in the discussion i think that people running a PRIVATE business should be entitled to their prejudice including racism.

The only requirement I would have is that this… Continue

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on January 26, 2011 at 9:23am — No Comments

Christine O’Donnell: Dear God, Change Your Mind



During her short time on the political stage, Christine O’Donnell has generated such incredible buffoonery she could start an “All Christine, All the Time”…

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Added by Omnipotent Poobah on September 29, 2010 at 8:01pm — 1 Comment

School Shock - stun guns make Johnny be good

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-44168-Philadelphia-Freethought-Examiner~y2010m5d5-School-shock--stun-guns-make-Johnny-be-good



This morning I came across a profoundly disturbing report about one school for disabled and/or disturbed children with severe behavior problems – sometimes self-mutilating, often seriously difficult to…
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Added by Carol Everhart Roper on May 5, 2010 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Race is an obsolete concept

I grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It's no teeming metropolis, mostly suburban but it's far from a rural community.My schools were always at least 50% African-American (in junior high it was 90%). I must say that I think I was lucky. I was an intelligent white boy in the poverty-stricken inner city...well as much as you can call Spartanburg a city, that is. I never in 12 years saw 2 people fight or not get along because of their race. Asian, whites, blacks, latinos-all had their friends… Continue

Added by Eric R. on February 4, 2010 at 7:10pm — 10 Comments

What makes humans different from other animals? "The Human Spark" explores this question

Actor Alan Alda (image source: Wikipedia) hosts a new series about human origins



Last night, I was looking at the TV listings and saw that there was a show called "The Human Spark" on. It turns out it's a three-part series about human origins and why modern humans have the special,… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on January 7, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The religous base have a lot in comin with Zombies

DISCLAIMER: I do not actually believe in Zombies because if i did I might as well believe in the tooth fairy.



I just had a wild idea today while i was thinking about characteristics of religious fanatics and i noticed a lot of my examples came back with similarity's to what I think relate to Zombies.



Some Zombie Characteristics:

-Minimal Intelligence

-Stubborn

-Made the way they are by other Zombies (spread the condition onto innocent uninfected… Continue

Added by Marcus Craven on November 17, 2009 at 2:40pm — No Comments

A Good Quote

Occasionally I run across something that is poignant or simply well put. I especially like quotes that speak to the essence of what it is to be "human". I just ran across this, and to make certain it belonged to the author who originally posted it, I ran an entire sentence of it through the Google search. If a quote belongs to someone else and it is online, that search will find it. I have searched many times for whole sentences, often discovering that I have misquoted it for… Continue

Added by Curtis Edward Clark on October 30, 2009 at 6:41pm — No Comments

My Response And Thoughs On Kirk Camerons Video "Origin Into Schools"

1. - Why is Atheism such a bad thing? Atheists: never burned others at the stake, never started/engaged in a Crusade and just want to be left alone for the most part. However with the threat of FORCED CONVERSION, anyone would be pissed and come out swinging. Likewise, do you think we would just allow you to publicly deface our belief and ESPECIALLY with such non-sense as you, Kirk Cameron, have presented as "fact"? Why do Extremists think Atheism is such a threat to their… Continue

Added by Alex Tyler on October 20, 2009 at 8:51am — 1 Comment

The Brain, the Whole Brain and Nothing but the Brain

This blog post stems from another discussion (elsewhere) that segued into the topic of mind versus brain. In order to illustrate that the mind is more than just the brain, I described the following scenario . . .


What would it be like if you were born completely paralyzed, with a normal brain but without a sensory nervous system to deliver stimuli to your brain from your sensory organs? Would it be possible to think or to have memories? In what ways could you be considered… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on September 17, 2009 at 8:30pm — 33 Comments

A treatise on the nature of human nature.

Nature: red in tooth and claw. The ceaseless fighting and courting must go on for ever. There will never be a victor. We are merely animals. We fight, but over silly novelities and tribulations. When did we become so pathetic?



Why can't we love with the fullness of our hearts and ply with the strength of all our muscles? We love - as any animal does - and yet we feel human love to be something special; something spiritual. We see with oft pessimistic and pejorative eyes and yet we… Continue

Added by Robert Head on August 24, 2009 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Think Tank concludes that Sharia courts should not be recognized in Britian...and I agree...

Think tank concludes that Sharia courts should not be recognised in Britain



Sharia courts should not be recognised under Britain’s 1996 Arbitration Act, according to a new report from independent think-tank Civitas.



According to Denis MacEoin, author of Sharia Law or ‘One Law For All’?, sharia courts operating in Britain may be handing down rulings that are inappropriate to this country because they are linked to elements in Islamic law that are seriously out of… Continue

Added by Rick on July 2, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

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