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 —
After my first posting the day I joined Nexus, someone asked, "What is a metaphysical naturalist?" He could as easily have asked, "What is a naturalist?"
There are many kinds of naturalists, which for almost 3000 years has meant that whether or not a god exists, everything in the world is natural and operates on natural laws.
But actual, true atheism was almost unheard of in ancient Greece. Atheism was the mere denial that the many thousands of gods that were believed to exist had… Continue
Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 7, 2008 at 6:00am —
In the past, the only information people had access too was the story’s and ides of the people around them. Whit the advent of the printing press people now has access to information in the books they could get ahold of but there access to information was still limited and most would never leave there town or city. People had no information on where the world came from, where humanity came from why people got sick, what lightening was and why it strikes where it strikes. They had no… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on October 25, 2008 at 11:05pm —
The next act in the long and ugly creationist end-game will take place in Texas. After the previous two acts, my confidence is high.
One of my dearest hopes for the next generation is that they get a real shot at understanding evolution. My own teenage understanding of the theory was fuzzy around the edges, since we touched on it for all of about eight minutes in high school. I didn't encounter it again until Anthro 1 at Berkeley--at which point it dazzled me so much I… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on October 22, 2008 at 5:39pm —
WHAT IS A SCIENTIST, A SINCERE AND GENUINE SCIENTIST?
This question about scientists arises whenever there are people hoping to claim that science and religion can be compatible. Most such commentators get the matter entirely wrong.
Obviously to start with, a minimum requirement is that for somebody to be considered as even a candidate to be a scientist he or she must have had adequate scientific training OR scientific experience to a suitably high level maintained for a… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 15, 2008 at 5:30pm —
This October 23rd from 3 to 5 pm, Metro State Atheists will be hosting a lecture by David Grinspoon, author of “Lonely Planets” and curator of astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, entitled “The Science and the Hype: Why Denver Doesn’t eed an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commision.”. Lucia Guatney, author of the popular blog “Splendid Elles”, will be presenting Grinspoon.
Auraria Campus, North Classroom
9000 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO, 80217
Added by Metro State Atheists on September 25, 2008 at 3:11pm —
This is really a blog about blogs. ;) Okay, in my local paper, I posted a blog with this same title. You can see it here: http://tinyurl.com/3hxwnm
Not 24 hours later, I see this gem: http://tinyurl.com/5gbvv3
Needless to say, this got me a bit hot under the collar (and amused in an incredulous sort of sad way). I decided to give this particular theitard a list of the reasons the… Continue
Added by Larian LeQuella on September 12, 2008 at 12:30pm —
"I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me."
"Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn."
"In the beginning there was nothing and God said 'Let there be light', and there was still nothing but everybody could see it."
"If absolute power corrupts… Continue
Added by Valles Marineris on September 6, 2008 at 11:04pm —
My blog is called Dubiosity
, and you can find it at dubiosity.net
On it, you'll find my writings about various topics, like atheism, religion, science, politics, medicine, space, and whatever else I find interesting.
Added by Bevans on September 3, 2008 at 10:00pm —
For the first time since jumping off the fence I have been tempted... at www.spiritualhumanism.org apparently you can be ordained as a member of the Spiritual Humanist clergy with only one requisite, agreeing to the following statement Religion must be based on Reason
Spiritual Humanism defines itself as a religion based on the ability of human beings to solve the problems of society using logic and science. Furthermore, the site goes on to explain how Spiritual Humanism… Continue
Added by Rosa on September 3, 2008 at 7:00pm —
In the past couple of days, I’ve been fielding an increasing number of, um, interesting questions from School Girl. Yesterday, we talked about “how the earth was created”. Last night, there were another couple of interesting questions, which found their way into the breakfast conversation this morning.
“How was the moon created? Is it really white, or black, or green?” Green? Huh…
Closely followed by…”If there’s nothing in space, is it white or black?” White being in the… Continue
Added by Karen Mohler on August 25, 2008 at 10:35am —
A deck of cards is an amazing teaching tool. With it, I’ve taught students elementary concepts such as addition and subtraction as well as advanced concepts in Algebra and Geometry. As a teacher trainer and lead teacher for my district, I have built up my reputation with eleven years of dedicated teaching, yet a few seconds could demolish my reputation and possibly cost me my job if word got out that I am an atheist.
Although I teach in a public school, the vast majority of the… Continue
Added by Jess Freeborn on August 24, 2008 at 11:50am —
Scientists have used embryonic stem cells to generate blood -- a feat that could eventually lead to endless supplies of type O-negative blood, a rare blood type prized by doctors for its versatility.
"We literally generated whole tubes in the lab, from scratch," said Robert Lanza, chief science officer at Advanced Cell Technologies.
Read More at :… Continue
Added by LogicalMind on August 22, 2008 at 8:44am —
I got an interesting question from School Girl this morning. While we were in the middle of the “hurry-up-brush-your-teeth-and-get-dressed” tango, she asked, “Mommy, how was the earth created?”
Now, that rang a couple of alarm bells in my head. First, the Big Questions normally come at the end of the day, as we’re getting ready for bed. I’ll admit, in the past few months we’ve been talking about some Big Questions indeed. But nothing like this.
I do know that School Girl’s… Continue
Added by Karen Mohler on August 21, 2008 at 3:57pm —
My atheist jaunt on Facebook stirred some feathers, it seems. I got some drunken heckling for it from someone that used to be a friend, and since as far as my ideology is concerned I REALLY care about this, I'm going to respond. I don't give a shit if you don't like it. You know who you is.
Firstly, issues were taken with me even having the audacity to argue with christians and what they believe. Why can't I just leave them alone, eh? Why can't I keep my mouth shut?
Ok . .… Continue
Added by Blue on August 9, 2008 at 6:15am —
It's a common meme: If you are an Atheist, and you support science, you are frequently accused of trying to replace religion with science. A recent example is here: What's wrong with science as religion?
The zen answer to that question, of course, is mu
. What exactly is wrong with the question? Few if any Atheists have actually advocated such a thing. What… Continue
Added by Feshy on July 31, 2008 at 11:39am —
Don't drink anything while watching this
. You will never look at Richard Dawkins the same way again...
H/T Greg Laden
and PZ Myers
Added by Brad Feaker on July 25, 2008 at 10:41pm —
"Consider the way that knowledge is organized at institutions of higher education. My university, like most others, includes a College of Arts and Sciences that is divided into a number of divisions. The Division of Science and Mathematics includes physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and one human-related department-psychology. The Division of Social Sciences includes anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology. These human-related subjects are often… Continue
Added by Valles Marineris on July 9, 2008 at 11:56am —