All Blog Posts Tagged 'knowledge' (11)

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Foreigners are not particularly impressed with most Americans' mental abilities and with good reason in some cases. For instance, nearly 25% of the American people believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance, but even worse 30% of Americans did not know when 9/11 …

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Added by Donald R Barbera on February 24, 2014 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

The Price of Tea

A few weeks ago I got a message from a friend after I suggested a website for them to visit to gather information. Later that day as I’m going through my mail I see that my friend replied to my suggestion with a brief note saying “I am a Christian and I cannot go to an atheist website.” I sat there flabbergasted wondering what happened between my suggestion and this note, thinking to myself “What does that have to do with the price of tea in…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 21, 2011 at 7:11am — 4 Comments

From Use Of Which Of The Following Can You Obtain Knowledge? Feelings, Intuition, Prayer, Reason, Hope, Emotions Or Faith.

Intuition is not valid. Feelings, intuition, prayer, hope, faith and revelation are not valid sources of knowledge. There is only the noncontrictory integration of perceptual evidence, otherwise known as reason. To be valid, a concept must fit without contradiction into your knowledge base both:



HIERARCHICALLY-perceptions(colors/shapes) -->1st order concepts (chair)-->2nd order concepts (furniture)-->3rd order concepts (goods). Spirit is not valid because it is not made up… Continue

Added by MCT on January 26, 2011 at 1:24am — 49 Comments

The Insipid Myth of Original Sin

Few Religionist traditions are more patently offensive than the myth of Original Sin and its dogmatic progeny, the myth of fallen humanity. What is our Original Sin? What is our great, intractable failing? What was our deep vileness that was so abhorrent that a SINGLE human's action would be sufficient to condemn our entire species for all eternity?



Our inherent quest for knowledge. Our curiosity. Our desire to understand. God creates us with an inherent longing for…

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Added by Jeffrey A. Myers on October 19, 2010 at 7:09pm — 3 Comments

The Gesargenplotzian Gospel

To further debate, I'll repost the following "revelation", received as a young man by a (now-retired) prof. of philosophy at Virginia Tech, Harlan Miller.




Harlan says that he is an atheist on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and a Gesargenplotzian on other days. IMHO he's using it…
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Added by John B Hodges on March 9, 2010 at 12:22pm — No Comments

To Know

What does it mean to claim that we “know” something? Religious people often throw this term around in relation to their deity of choice. They know that their god is real. But what does that really mean?



For starters, we have to understand what it means to know. I could say that I know that the front door is locked and that our solar system has eight planets. But if my wife asked me if I am sure that the door is locked, I might have to think about it for a moment. Do I remember locking… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 9, 2010 at 9:52am — No Comments

Ignorance is Enlightened Bliss?

Time and again theists present atheism as a ‘belief’ – reflecting the necessary ‘faith’ of their own standpoint. Aside from Sam Harris’s excellent point (‘Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, ‘atheist’ is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a ‘non astrologer’ or a ‘non-alchemist’.’), this raises a number of very important points.



1. Knowledge and ignorance. Atheists… Continue

Added by Sigmund on March 8, 2010 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Would it be easier just to lie to myself and say: “I believe”

For the longest time, I considered myself Atheist/Agnostic. I couldn’t believe in a god without proof, couldn’t accept blind faith as reasonable. And I was convinced that even if I had proof, I couldn’t worship. The things carried out in the name of god or religion, are some of the most atrocious acts in history. Burning woman on stakes or wars based around religion, I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea. Why is killing wrong, but it’s ok to do it in the name of god?



I never… Continue

Added by Tara Price on March 4, 2010 at 12:05pm — 9 Comments

Religion - The House of Insanity built on a Foundation of Ignorance

Maybe it’s getting to me, but all the stories of cult leaders raping and swapping children and wives; Mormon fathers beating their daughters; Muslims stoning to death a 13 year old rape victim because she lost her virginity; Catholic bishops making a 9 year old rape victim carry to term: etc..., you start to wonder if the insanity will ever end (and how). Now I’m not naive that terrible things didn’t happen before I became more interested in all this, but just seeing the shear volume collected… Continue

Added by Dave Rogers on July 21, 2009 at 7:39pm — 2 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

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