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A 9 year old girl was mentally tortured after being accused as witch.

Borogora village in District Purulia of West Bengal. Last week, a 9 year old girl Sumitra Hansda was mentally tortured after being accused as witch by the villagers. Sabujmoni, mother of Sumitra left the village and took a safe shelter. She told us villagers are demanding 1 lakh rupee as a fine. She also told us,…

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Added by BIPLAB DAS on July 26, 2014 at 2:26am — 7 Comments

Demythologizing Science and Religion (cont'd)

Several people have questioned the dominance of mechanistic thought in the sciences, and I must admit that my understanding of the scientific community comes from reading historical accounts and from conversations with scientific colleagues who began their careers half a century or more ago now -- and from reading works by scientists whose belief systems also go back a number of decades.

The gist of the conversations I recall was that people without an acknowledged commitment…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on July 25, 2014 at 7:36am — No Comments

Young Forever

In the last years of the eighteenth century, Thomas Young began to think about the properties of light, and in 1801, he presented a paper to the Royal Society on what has come to be known as Young's Double-Slit Experiment.

What he discovered was that light from…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on July 19, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Religion as 'emulation of the adult by the child'

I simply wish to promote some of what I consider the best quotes about religion by the sci-fi writer Frank Herbert. In my opinion he is an very insightful and serious critic of religion, having explored it himself very thoroughly

Religion is the emulation of the adult by the child. Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men…

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Added by Robert Crichton Priddy on July 17, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments

The Divine Emotional Guilt Trip Of Suffering

"Well aren't you just a big boy!"



I'd just rang the door bell of the rather palatial corner lot's brick coated home a few seconds previous when I heard an elderly voice sounding rather enigmatic and enthusiastic,…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on June 27, 2014 at 3:42pm — 2 Comments

How UC–Santa Barbara Can Turn Grief Into Action: Divest From Gun Manufacturers

"if UCSB students, alumni, faculty and staff want to channel their feelings into constructive action, here’s a suggestion: ask the University of California Regents if its $88 billion endowment is contributing to gun violence by being invested in gun companies that fund the National Rifle Association (NRA) and obstruct common-sense gun policies. If it is, they should demand that the UC system divest itself from these merchants of death."…

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Added by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2014 at 10:15pm — 2 Comments

Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…

On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”

Irving Berlin

“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”

Marquee outside church in Massachusetts

Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 19, 2014 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

Guess Who's Cloming to the Human Adventure!

Who's coming to the human adventure?

Here are two clues:

(1) It's all happened before, 600 million years ago.…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on March 5, 2014 at 12:58am — 2 Comments

A Proper Body of Positive Beliefs Is ...

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…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on February 28, 2014 at 12:42am — 2 Comments

The Technical Atheist

Atheists, by and large, have let their opponents define them in the public mind by what they do not believe.  And I strongly suspect that actually is a fair way to describe most atheists.

But there is another breed of atheist:  An atheist with a body of positive beliefs that either makes the existence of god irrelevant or implies that god does not exist.

An atheist of this sort can fairly be called a technical atheist…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on February 27, 2014 at 10:42am — 8 Comments

Craig's List Killer

Pennsylvania 'Craigslist killer' says she slayed dozens more across U.S. as part of satanic cult: report

 

My point is the failure of the educational system is leading to horror and chaos. Miranda Barbour was 19 years old when she and she husband committed this horrific “thrill murder.” At 19, she should have been studying science, history, comparative religion and literature. An educated mind would dismiss “Satanic cult”…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on February 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — 15 Comments

The Book Of Life

I have been often troubled by the many mortal human attitudes and behaviors many different deities have taken on in various holy texts. Petty emotions like jealously, bigotry, hate, anger, and lust, to name a few. All of these…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on February 13, 2014 at 9:59pm — 5 Comments

Refresher Course In Work Place Prosyletizing

Over the course of the past two weeks, I have undergone training courses at my new employer's office. Typically, you get to meet everyone you will be working with, and I had a couple days of shadow training. Essentially, I was riding along side my trainer, watching how she…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on February 8, 2014 at 9:03pm — 9 Comments

We Are Just Animated Pieces Of Meat

If you haven’t read the recent Daily Mail piece by A.N. Wilson, I would recommend you do so to follow along with what I am about to go on about. Some of you might already be familiar with his emotional appeal drivel for Christ and might be able to save yourself the agony of reading more of his…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on February 4, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

THE WRITERS' BUILDING OF KOLKATA IS A HAUNTED HOUSE!! CAN’T BELIEVE IT?

THE WRITERS' BUILDING OF KOLKATA IS A HAUNTED HOUSE!! CAN’T BELIEVE IT?  READ 9TH SEPTEMBER NEWSPAPER ''EKDIN'' & FEEL THAT I'M NOT JOKING OR MAKING YOU FOOL. THE NEWSPAPER SAID, "THERE ARE VARIETIES TYPES OF GOBLINS…
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Added by BIPLAB DAS on December 9, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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

Happy Hanukkah -- sort of

"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."

 

Voltaire

“Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of tribal Jewish backwardness.”

Christopher Hitchens

“Hanukkah is…the Feast of Lights. Instead of one day, we got eight CRAZY…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 1, 2013 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Anselm (of Canterbury) & Thomas Aquinas, Now Just Amusing Naive Loonies?

Catholics and some Protestant Christian groups still quote and stand by the writings of these two , who were once considered wise men, but forget that in worldly knowledge and rationality, they can be beaten now by the average intelligent ten year old, in both knowledge and wisdom.

For Thomas Aquinas:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Aquinas…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on October 23, 2013 at 1:30am — 9 Comments

The Tinkerbell Effect

"If you believe," he shouted to them, "clap your hands; don't let Tink die." J. M. Barrie 1860–1937

 

The Tinkerbell Effect and the National Day of Prayer in my way of thinking are identical. When the Disney fairy is about to die, she speaks to Peter Pan and tells him that she could get…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 11, 2013 at 7:05am — 8 Comments

Have You At Any Time Asked Yourself Just Why.

Perhaps you have taken an occasion to ask your own self the greatest question, one that pertains to every one of us all... the question, of course, is "Why Do I Exist?"



Now, I've truly dedicated a substantial amount of my life in silent reflection contemplating this very topic. It's always appeared to myself to be very important. Despite the fact that I understand a worthwhile answer may never become accessible to the human… Continue

Added by Felicia Merchant on September 5, 2013 at 5:55am — 4 Comments

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