All Blog Posts Tagged 'superstition' (12)

Doubt

God of the gaps means whenever you cannot explain some thing then "god did it." I know of no other thinking process, except superstition, to define it.

Science is all we have. All of life, indeed, all of the universe is so complex we can’t possibly know all the answers. We can observe and describe and think and still we don't have all the answers; we may never know them. It is to rationalize to say “god did it”! How do you…

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Added by Joan Denoo on August 15, 2014 at 7:55am — 2 Comments

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 — 9 Comments

Straddling the fence on superstition

My first choice, when I rag on religion, is Judaism, just because I know it first-hand.  Of course, there's always more to learn.  Through my current wife, I became aware of what goes on in Jewish enclaves/ghettos (depends on who's herding Jews together, Jews or gentiles) -- the threats, the ostracism, the mind control, the obsession with ritual (these people REALLY observe all the Sabbath and milk/meat separation rules, and it is a major…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 31, 2013 at 1:00pm — 26 Comments

What does it mean to be an Atheist Pagan?

Hey all!

It's been a battle, having this as an identity. People think its a contradiction of terms. Atheist and Pagan, like the two can't coincide, like they are .... mutually  exclusive or something. Well, I'm here to say they are not. Cause first off, no one said that being a pagan required you be a polytheistic believer or a wiccan dual theistic believer. There is no template, there is no dogma, there is no book except what you claim as your own. For me, being a pagan is…

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Added by Ronni on February 25, 2013 at 7:58am — 7 Comments

Gods for nutters only!

Will God etc, one day, only be believed in by schitzophrenics and the mentally infirm?

Added by Stuart Jeremy Oxley on November 18, 2011 at 7:03pm — 5 Comments

"Nothing Is So Worthless as Superstition"

Ain't it the truth?!



“A religious person is a dangerous person. He may not become a thief or a murderer, but he is liable to become a nuisance. He carries with him many foolish and harmful superstitions, and he is possessed with the

notion that it is his duty to give these superstitions to others. That

is what makes trouble. Nothing is so worthless as superstition. . . .”

— Marilla M. Ricker, "Science Against Creeds," I Am Not Afraid Are…

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Added by Secular Sue on March 18, 2010 at 3:06pm — 8 Comments

It's Foolproof!

Can't say I saw this when I was in India, but I don't think it would have surprised me. I saw stranger things...



From Yahoo! News



PATNA, India (Reuters) – Farmers in an eastern Indian state have asked their unmarried daughters to plow parched fields naked in a bid to embarrass the weather gods to bring some badly needed monsoon rain, officials said on Thursday.



Witnesses said… Continue

Added by Kristi Leitholt on July 24, 2009 at 2:17am — 2 Comments

Waking up in an alternate reality

The realization that most of the people that populate this planet have an invisible friend can be very scary when you truly understand the full scope of it. It's effectively the same as waking up to find yourself still dreaming or maybe the word nightmare is more accurate. Either way this viral delusion can and does effect anyone. Conservatives, liberals, professionals, imbeciles, the poor, rich, sick, well, sane or insane all line up to testify about the warm, fuzzy feeling they get when they… Continue

Added by Dionysus on May 1, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Tricky questions from kids:

From my 3-year-old nephew: "What is a prayer?" and "Did ghosts live at the same time as people?" !?



My sister told me that my nephew (her son) asked her the question about ghosts. Apparently he had already been taught (correctly) that dinosaurs never lived at the same time as people. While reading a Halloween themed children's book with the usual Halloween entities in it he asked "Did ghosts live at the same time as people?" My sister said that this one nearly stumped her. "First of… Continue

Added by MP Lockwood on April 24, 2009 at 11:07am — 7 Comments

Panama

Just spent a couple of weeks vacationing in Panama and doing the Canal. What a major engineering feat. I read The Path Between the Seas a couple of years ago then again for this trip. The book really helps in understanding the accomplishment. I stayed in a jungle cabin in a very catholic and superstitious community. Ten children and no birth control. They are very proud of their organic farming techniques. It is just a reminder to me of how far the third world has to go before they can even… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on February 14, 2009 at 8:33pm — 1 Comment

A Short Survey For Atheists About Belief and Rationality

The other day I wrote about atheists and how we're not all evolved alike. We're all very individual with how we got to where we are regarding religion and our beliefs.

Today I created a short 6 question survey about reconciling belief and rationality. I'd love… Continue

Added by Neece on January 24, 2009 at 12:56am — 10 Comments

First Post Is a Happy One

This post was imported from Livejournal on 2008.07.17



Oh, happy day. Kansas has officially stopped teaching superstition. I would be more excited except that this should never have been an issue in the FIRST place.



from The Guardian:

Kansas Rewriting Science Standards Tuesday February 13, 2007 10:46 PM By JOHN HANNA

Associated…
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Added by Jim Craft on February 15, 2007 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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