All Blog Posts Tagged 'nature' (22)

Morality, Survival and Religion

Martin Luther King Jr.

Morality is a human construct, by and for humans. If not, we'd have to get it from a natural source . . . or a supernatural one. I'm an atheist, so a supernatural source isn't a serious alternative to me. That leaves one alternative: Nature. But I can't detect the slightest whiff of morality in nature. Mother nature is red in tooth and claw. She is indifferent to violence,…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 23, 2013 at 2:00am — 31 Comments

On the Architecture of Pleasure

Originally written for Society of Epicurus, the following piece delves into the relationship between architecture and ideology, experience, identity and worldview.  It also evaluates the Epicurean model of the Garden as a place of human flourishing.  Epicurus' philosophical (hedonistic) schools were known as 'Gardens' and were oases of reason, serenity and pleasure.

Notice, on the other hand and by way of contrast, how Stoicism derives its name from the stoas, the places that face the…

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Added by Hiram on September 29, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Update about Kasese Humanist Primary School

Hey friends on Atheist Nexus, You can read out latest information about what is going on at KHPS.

We have 2 weeks towards closure of Term 1. There is development works going on at the KHPS Site whereby we are soon wiring and connecting electricity to the permanent home as we prepare ourselves for a massive construction exercise likely to kick off somewhere in March 2014 upon funds availability.

A fundraiser is going on set by Godless Poutine who is closely working hand in hand…

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Added by Bwambale Robert on April 17, 2013 at 3:29am — No Comments

Update about Kasese Humanist Primary School

Hey friends on Atheist Nexus, You can read out latest information about what is going on at KHPS.

We have 2 weeks towards closure of Term 1. There is development works going on at the KHPS Site whereby we are soon wiring and connecting electricity to the permanent home as we prepare ourselves for a massive construction exercise likely to kick off somewhere in March 2014 upon funds availability.

A fundraiser is going on set by Godless Poutine who is closely working hand in hand…

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Added by Bwambale Robert on April 17, 2013 at 3:29am — 1 Comment

What I did with my weekend: photos from The Peak District.

For the bank Holiday weekend I assiduously ignored all matters pertaining to monarchy and departed Cambridge to return back to see my family and be in my 'spiritual home' of The Peak District and Derbyshire.



Have wanted to practice photographing long exposures of flowing water for ages - to get a feel for doing it right.



This has proven impossible in Cambridge; a flat-land where the water dies not flow - it ambles ... sedately, like an arthritic sloth on a Wednesday… Continue

Added by Richard Healy on June 5, 2012 at 4:54pm — 3 Comments

Sabbath day! YAY! Brainfart time..

i was picking some weeds and thought;

ha.

I'd rather have these easy pulled ones that the over hard to pulls growing in place;

but none is best.



So I'm driving to get a taco and noticed church and thought "gee I'm going to worship taco bell"...



Are atheists in the way of xtian fundys's path to their big ticket enemy the islam?

~ brainfart that to visa versa I guess; atheists in the way of fundislam's eye on xtian fundy etc. etc.

Funny in a way… Continue

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on September 4, 2011 at 11:42am — No Comments

New Book Release: Life After Faith

The seventh book by former minister Chris Highland has just been released.

Life After Faith is available now through Createspace and Amazon.

A personal story of leaving religion, ministry and super-natural faith, the book brings along companions like Frances Wright, Thomas Paine,…

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Added by Chris Highland on July 15, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Life After Faith, New Book On the Way

My seventh book, Life After Faith, will be published in the next few weeks. Based on almost a half-century as an insider, it tells the story of my emergence from super-natural faith to practice a down-to-earth kind of "natural spirituality." This will not please extremists on either side of the divide! Some atheists will throw garbage and some people of faith will throw prayers, but it's a personal story of leaving faith, ordination as a Protestant Minister… Continue

Added by Chris Highland on June 19, 2010 at 7:49pm — No Comments

The croaking of a crow

It is the splendid time of the year, we don't know when the birds produce the first egg this spring, and the baby birds began to follow behind the mother birds, jump and play and be familliar with the arround places which mother used to be everyday, it is June now, I found the same scene as the past years.lovely birds familly -----I did not notice who is father yet----everywhere, they are even in the park near people, ask foods for their children.

One day, my friend visited me…

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Added by Selen on June 17, 2010 at 11:12pm — 1 Comment

"It's OK, it's part of my religion" from Atheist Climber blog

I published this piece at my blog and thought you all might appreciate it.



As you may know, my universe has no room for the possibility of a god. And in general I don't care what other people think and believe as long as their suppositions and practices don't affect me in any way. You can believe in fairies and unicorns and believe you have to bay at the moon 2 times a night to stop from… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 30, 2010 at 6:34pm — 5 Comments

"Science, atheism and the search for more" - From Atheist Climber Blog



One of the innate human characteristics that separates us from other animals on earth is our insatiable need to find out "why". Our natural need to seek for things like food and a mate is shared with other animals, but the questioning of why things happen is a unique to humans. It is ingrained in us, from the first day we start searching… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 17, 2010 at 9:15pm — No Comments

"The truth is out there" from Atheist Climber blog







My recent blog piece "At the edge of knowledge" spawned an awesome amount… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 16, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

"At the edge of knowledge" from Atheist Climber Blog



We know nothing.



The collective knowledge of all the people on earth that have ever lived is but a drop in the ocean of all possible knowledge in the universe. (1) And the amount of knowledge any one person has is… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 9, 2010 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Answering the Question, Who/What is God?

This was my response to a request from Patheos, an interreligious website, asking people of faith and no faith to offer 100 words or less on Who/What is God?

Who/What is God?
One day we may discover that the universe
is shaped
like…
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Added by Chris Highland on February 24, 2010 at 3:01pm — No 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

On Human Nature

"Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." Psalm 137:9


I sometimes see this quote used by my fellow atheists to say, "See, how horrible religion is?" I agree that most of religion is horrible, but it is not the origin of such things as "bashing thy little ones." It has merely incorporated such things. The origins are far older than any religion...…
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Added by El Solo Lobo on June 30, 2009 at 1:53pm — 3 Comments

HOME - The Global Warming Documentary

I've just watched on Youtube a great documentary about global warming (it's called HOME, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Luc Besson) and I am impressed by the strong message it transmits. I recommend everybody watches it.
The link for the film is : http://www.youtube.com/homeproject
I would like to see some opinions on this subject.

Added by Radu on June 8, 2009 at 1:57pm — No Comments

An Afterlife Worth Dying For

I live in a world full of faith and fear. I do not believe and I am not afraid. I always found it interesting that atheists I know are often the bravest people I know. Is it because the fear of having no god and no afterlife makes people panic?



This Earth is supported by billions(or trillions) of life forms or organisms. In nature, there are cycles, elements, touch, beauty, scent, reality, and crude, unaltered truth. Nature does not lie to us or deceive us. It nurtures, houses, and… Continue

Added by Javin32 on February 22, 2009 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

everything in moderation…

There’s a bizarre symmetry when believers and unbelievers debate the existence and influence of the supernatural on our temporal world. Both sides offer an answer, one side using an ancient book and the other deferring to science. But as flawed as a book of uncertain origins and a tumultuous history may be as a guide, using the word of a PhD to confirm that science knows something for sure isn’t always the right way to go either. Atheism and theism are fundamentally different and when… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 25, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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