Here is a section debate concerning the word 'Meaning' with an extremely obstinate, irrational, Catholic fundy.
Debate Source:… Continue
Added by Dyslexic's DOG on April 13, 2015 at 10:00am —
THE ROLE OF DOUBT IN SCIENCE
"The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance and doubt and uncertainty, and this experience is of very great importance, I think. When a scientist doesn't know the answer to a problem, he is ignorant. When he has a hunch as to what the result is, he is uncertain. And when he is pretty darned sure of what the result is going to be, he is in some doubt. We have…
Added by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2015 at 5:16pm —
Peter Boghossian looks at the word faith.
These faith-based conclusions reflect knowledge claims. The individual professes to know something about the external world. These commonly heard expressions use the word "faith".
1. "My faith is beneficial for me."
Added by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2014 at 1:53pm —
Who's coming to the human adventure?
Here are two clues:
(1) It's all happened before, 600 million years ago.… Continue
Added by Joseph Hilton on March 5, 2014 at 12:58am —
We always act on some mixture of facts and beliefs. It's just a question of how rich the mixture is with facts.
Life being the way it is, though, there is probably no issue that doesn't involve some element of belief because just thinking that we have all of the facts in a given case is itself a belief that is a part of the fact-belief mixture.
But as convoluted as the issue can become, there are commonsense rules to apply -- a prime one being that the more fundamental the… Continue
Added by Joseph Hilton on February 28, 2014 at 12:42am —
For an introduction to this project please see this post.
Here's a string of ideas I aim to draw on to create discourse for thinking about ourselves as having evolved:
- There's nothing in the universe except:
- matter acted on by physics
- whatever's involved…
Added by Shaun Johnston on April 13, 2013 at 12:30pm —
There's a great little poem that's read in the movie The Grey with actor Liam Neeson.
It was written by director/writer Joe Carnahan.
--- Into the Fray ---
Once more into the fray
Into the last good fight I'll ever know
Live or die on this day
Live or die on this day
For me, it became a special movie when this bit… Continue
Added by JP Carey on October 24, 2012 at 9:00pm —
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 —
Copied from my blog
This is an extinction to a comment (3 actually due to the 500 character comment limitation) I am made to this video
(under the name "thenamelessone83"). It is not a Christian video about some cosmic meaning (which is what it would seem like from my comment) it is an atheist video… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on August 21, 2010 at 2:46pm —
Would you bite the apple that gave knowledge of good and evil? Read on.
We find ourselves alive and conscious. What shall we do with our lives? Beware "fishers of men". If we demand that someone else supply us with a purpose, someone else may DO just that. Purpose is ours to choose.
There is a natural "default" purpose, which we may choose if we like. We all have parents, as did they, back to the beginning of life.… Continue
Added by John B Hodges on July 7, 2010 at 1:58pm —
Alleee and Franc discuss what gives life meaning, and what meaning actually means, because, well, everyone's talking about a different thing, aren't they?
Does heaven, or everlasting life give one meaning? Does reproduction? Does heroic or memorable acts give life meaning? Or does life already have meaning?
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on May 28, 2009 at 10:03am —
I often hear from theists that they could never become an atheist because they are afraid that they would have no purpose and meaning to their lives.
While I was a dedicated Christian I do not recall what was so meaningful and purposeful about my life during this stage. Nor do I recall why I feared that these feelings would dissipate if I ever lost my faith. The reality, if my memory is not too distorted, is that this part of my life was not particularly happy or especially… Continue
Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 20, 2009 at 7:00pm —
If you're an atheist, you've heard it before. How can life have meaning and purpose if there is no god? Most people who believe in a god also believe that such god has a higher purpose of some kind. Maybe your god has a higher purpose especially for you - he specifically put you on this planet to accomplish X. Maybe he has a plan - he let you survive that horrific car accident with merely scratches because it's his plan. Maybe he is everything and everything is him - but you're still working… Continue
Added by Ziztur on April 10, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Theists frequently make the statement that, without religion and God, there would be no purpose or meaning in life. It's somewhat offensive, but definitely misguided. I decided to philosophize about it a bit in my latest blog post at RationalityNow, if you're interested.
Added by Dan Gilbert on March 25, 2009 at 2:55pm —
I've written just a few editorials about subjects relevant to atheists for publication on Associated content but they seem to get a huge response. Some of the discussions in their comments are more entertaining than the articles themselves!
I was a little afraid to post anything that made it clear I'm an atheist for fear of getting bashed, possibly physically again but I went ahead and started doing so about a year ago on another site. I've gotten plenty of nasty pm's and emails but… Continue
Added by Kylyssa Shay on October 28, 2008 at 2:30pm —
New post up on my blog
. One you're probably not going to like.
Here's a snippet:
"Many atheists fiercely argue against any suggestion that atheism is anything like religion. Not only that, many expressive posts have also been written about how atheism is most definitely not an ideology or a philosophy, only to then describe a common set of beliefs, similar… Continue
Added by Mark on August 6, 2008 at 8:30pm —