I wanted to share this with you
. A new study shows that the brain shuts down when someone experiences transcendence. Well, the right parietal lobe, to be exact. That part of the brain also helps with the ability to do math. So that might explain why religious folks have trouble with the difference between 4.5 Billion years and 6,000 years. LOL!
EDIT: the study that shows that… Continue
Added by Neece on December 25, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Yeah, I finally gave in and did it. But if you want to read it, this time you're going to have to go to my personal blog
. I normally cross-post, but I don't have time right now!
Added by Andrew on December 20, 2008 at 2:42pm —
[Cross-posted on Artificial Habitat
, including links (which I haven't embedded here) and a selection of photographs from the Natural History Museum]
Yesterday (Thursday 18th) was my birthday. What better way to celebrate than attending a godless Christmas show in London (along with a visit to the Natural History Museum and over 4 hours of walking around London)!
Comedian Robin Ince was inspired by an encounter with the… Continue
Added by Andrew on December 19, 2008 at 7:30pm —
Jesus Christ had seen many problems with Old religion Judaism as a young man of whom seemingly was a free thinker. Of who not only questioned his own religion but those of other surrounding cultures?
Israel was not cut off from the world traders from Asia and from the Roman empire would relate their own cultural beliefs when on their travels to and throw in the middle east. Greek philosophy and the philosophy’s of Asia would of course be a conversational norm in… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on December 17, 2008 at 8:36pm —
Hello! Though you may HEAR that I am atheist, it is not true. It is obvious that I DO have a religion! And that, my good friends(?) is pastafarianism! Yes. I am part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti monster. And it is fun! you should join. All the cool kids do it. Are YOU one of he cool kids? Didn't think so! >:(
Added by Maia The Bee on December 17, 2008 at 8:30pm —
Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus born 27 February 272 was the undisputed Roman Emperor from 306 to 324 to his death. He was the first Christian Emperor and in fact had a great deal to do with how the Christian religion was organized and its initial ceremonies.
In the year 313, he declared the Edict of Milan which proclaimed religious toleration throughout the empire.
First Council of Nicaea
He had great influence over the First Council of Nicaea and wanted… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on December 16, 2008 at 10:00am —
Added by Lone Wolf on December 9, 2008 at 11:22pm —
Good to find this community in the Season of Un-Reason (though I was born on Christmas and became a minister, I now climb
the trees and honor the life of Nature on that, and other, days!).
I invite conversation and readers here, and on my website
. I especially welcome comments on my book Life After Faith
and I'm happy to hear from any other writers or teachers (or former… Continue
Added by Chris Highland on December 2, 2008 at 11:30pm —
In July 2008 I wrote some articles to make my column and blog readers think each being presented as a piece of humor and a different slant as seen through this poor old atheist eyes. I now wish to share these small humorous articles with my new friends and audience on gather.com
The first deals with the problem of a second coming of the Christian savior Jesus Christ of whom I think as one of the worlds greatest philosophers.
I am the son of… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on November 27, 2008 at 1:15am —
It’s never ceases to amuse me that the following passage translated from the original old testaments the within the Jewish Bible, the torah has been adapted from its original meaning in most Christian publications of the Old Testaments
Isaiah Chapter 45.7 (Torah)
I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I am the LORD, that doeth all these things.
It of course highlights the fact that the Jewish author made a bold statement that God… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on November 26, 2008 at 4:26am —
More reason to get rid of religion:
Here is a reason I chosen not to be silent. This story is sad and will touch the inner core of anyone who care about humanity. However, if you are a "God fearing" person and believe that anyone who is not following your God, do have a pit of fire prepared by God, himself, for them; then, you may not be touch by this story.
Those who study the history and development of the christian faith learn about the christian faith and its relationship to… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 24, 2008 at 5:00pm —
Today is ten weeks since the group ORIGINS was founded in Atheist Nexus, and today we had our 100th member. Again, welcome to everyone and to future new members.
The group debates origins of life, Earth, humanity, religion, gods, atheism, etc. using rationality, commonsense, evolution, Darwinism, cosmology, geology, archaeology and science to reject the fantasy nonsense that is religion and above all repudiate biblical creationist fictions.
In the course of time we expect… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on November 24, 2008 at 3:15pm —
I blog over on the Chariots of Iron
site, and I just put up a long one over there, it was rather well thought out so i thought I'd mirror it here for AN users that don't visit our podcast site... and yes this has been a shameless plug for bot the blog and the podcast. The version there contains many links to some references. I don't mirror posts often, so I hope you enjoy this rant.
Today has been one of ups and downs and it’s not even noon… Continue
Added by Eli on November 21, 2008 at 1:43pm —
Here's an essay that I submitted to Broowaha Los Angeles. Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~
What happens when believers and nonbelievers start to debate religion?
The first thing that is placed on the table is a covert acceptance of the religious person’s beliefs. How so? This happens the moment that a nonbeliever acknowledges and uses the words that the believer is using.
Acknowledgement, recognition, and understanding implicitly support an argument, no matter what it… Continue
Added by Lori Stephens on November 16, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Say there’s a young child, 4 or 5, who believes in Santa Claus. Her parents cultivate the belief, provide the props and stories, and the kid’s friends support the myth. Then the parents drop the bomb – there’s no Santa! The magical reindeer, Rudolph, the elves, all of it, it’s all a made-up story! The kid might be crushed, but their honest revelation is a vital step toward the child’s separation from her parents and their authority. It’s a step that moves her toward the dismissal of childhood… Continue
Added by Lori Stephens on November 15, 2008 at 10:58am —
In 1896 a man by the name of John Denham Parsons wrote a book on the history of the cross. Since he had been a young man several questions regarding the cross had puzzled him and when he was older he determined to try and and answer them for himself.
The first of those questions was why John the Baptist, who was beheaded before Jesus was executed, and so far as we are told never had anything to do with a cross, is represented in religious pictures as holding a cross.
Added by Crystal Shard on November 12, 2008 at 8:30am —
from my site, thegoodatheist.net
I’ve written on the subject of an organized atheist movement for years now. The responce so far, overwhelmingly from many atheists, is that such a movement would violate the notion that atheism is not a religion, but rather a particular viewpoint about the non existence God. Over this same period of time, however, a number of individuals have emailed me… Continue
Added by The Good Atheist on November 11, 2008 at 4:23pm —
These are two pieces based on related thoughts written at different times quite some time ago... probably between 1.5 and 3 years ago. So it seems that the time is near... it feels good to finally be a proud
We need social reconstruction. I won’t even talk of reform, for it seems to imply that the current state of being is salvageable. While not all is bad in the current state, it will be easier to destroy what we have and build… Continue
Added by AYFABTU on November 5, 2008 at 2:37am —
Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 2, 2008 at 1:49pm —
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 —