Dr. Terence Meaden's Blog (19)

I wish a Merry IsaacNewtonMas to everyone, everywhere.

I wish a Merry IsaacNewtonMas to everyone, everywhere.

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We know to 100% accuracy that the great scientist and mathematician was born on 25 December, whereas there is only a 1 in 365 chance that Jesus was.

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 25, 2012 at 3:20pm — 5 Comments

Burnt Toast: Atheist Sees Image of the 'Birth of Earth' in a Piece of Toast

Atheist Sees Image of the 'Birth of Earth' in Burnt Toast



Yes it’s true.

This genuine picture was photographed in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England by science atheist Dr. Terence Meaden earlier this month.

He could barely withhold his excitement.

“I was having breakfast when this piece of ciabatta toast got burnt,” he said. “Suddenly I was aware that the pattern of light and darkness across the toast resembled what could have been…

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Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on August 26, 2011 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Origin of the term WINTER OF DISCONTENT as used for British Industrial strife from 1975 onwards

ORIGIN OF THE TERM “THE WINTER OF DISCONTENT” as used for BRITISH INDUSTRIAL STRIFE FROM 1975

(Extract from the Editorial of The International Journal of Meteorology January 2010…

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Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on March 19, 2010 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

A nerdy test

I came across this test a few minutes ago, so I had a go.


I am nerdier than 99% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and talk on the nerd forum!

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 30, 2009 at 4:34pm — 16 Comments

Today is the first anniversary of founding the "Origins" group

Today 15th September 2009 is the first anniversary of founding “Origins”.



I had joined Atheist Nexus in August 2008 and soon thought that a group discussing the ideas and problems of “origins” of any kind, whether real (through responsible scientific research, discovery and rational contemplation) or fallacious (as with unproven beliefs including the fraudulent religions and other swindles, impostures, deceits and hoaxes) would be helpful.



There have been 175 discussion… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on September 15, 2009 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

Happy Darwin Day to everyone today 12 February 2009

200 years ago, on 12 February 1809, was born Charles Darwin—who grew and matured to become one of the world’s truly great scientists.



“If only everybody in the world would avoid contact with religionists and their fictions,



and instead be educated from childhood with facts from the realm of science,



we would have a better, happier world of people believing in the truths of evolutionary science,



who would smile as much at the stupidities of pathetic… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 12, 2009 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

HELPING BELIEVERS TO KNOW THEIR BIBLE BETTER: PART 2

Here is a suggestion from Malcolm Hutton: National Secular Society Newsletter, 9 January 2009



"One could take action when a bible is presented in hotel or hospital. First of all go prepared with a yellow highlight pen and ask if the bible is yours to keep. Then highlight some of the most damaging verses, such as –



Luke 14:26 – hate your mother and father

Matthew 10:34/36 – he came not for peace but with a sword

Psalm 137:9 – it will make you happy to dash your… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 9, 2009 at 2:00pm — 25 Comments

ORIGIN OF CHRISTMAS---A Christmas Story

ORIGIN OF CHRISTMAS — A True Christmas Story



Long ago, country peoples from the Neolithic onwards celebrated the winter and summer solstices as the prime celestial events of significance to agriculturists in need of a simple calendar. 21st December is the year’s shortest day. For some days about then in the northern-hemisphere, the day length between sunrise and sunset hardly changes, and the point of sunrise on the far horizon scarcely changes either between any of the days from… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 21, 2008 at 10:46am — 5 Comments

Darwin's Birthday: Your chance to vote 12th February as a new national holiday in Britain

This one is for the British.



You have the chance to add your name to a petition at the Prime Minister's web site of 10 Downing Street.



If you go to the web address



http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Darwins-day/



you can add your name to the petition requesting that 12th February, which is Charles Darwin's birthday, be made into a Bank Holiday.



For some time the government has been seeking an additional bank holiday to give to the… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 16, 2008 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Films and Pictures of great interest to Atheists

Films and Pictures of Great Interest to Atheists



There are some wonderful images and about 25 enjoyable video films, each around 8 to 10 minutes long, that can be watched on the Nexus site “ORIGINS”.

Among them:

“Evidence for the Big Bang in 10 little minutes”

“The Universe: Secrets of the Sun”

“Birth of the Universe, Big Bang and beyond”

“How the Earth was made”

“Charles Darwin’s legacy”



Do drop by and view these amazing… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 16, 2008 at 8:39am — 1 Comment

ORIGINS OF GODS

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 — 6 Comments

The story of how the fictional Peter of the New Testament came to be invented

FRAUD: THE MYTH OF SAINT PETER—the man who never was.

ORIGINS OF RELIGIONS, PART 4

Barbara Walker, in her opus The woman’s encyclopedia of myths and secrets. (1993. Harper and Row) wrote about the fancy and fiction of St. Peter who we may call “the man who never was”.



“The myth of Saint Peter was the slender thread from which hung the whole weighty structure of the Roman papacy. One solitary passage in the Gospel of Matthew said Jesus made a pun by giving Simon son of Jonah… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on November 9, 2008 at 4:57am — 6 Comments

The Enlightened Observer

I also post to a blog at The Enlightened Observer

http://enlightened-observer.blogspot.com/

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 26, 2008 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

ORIGINS OF RELIGION, MORALITY AND BELIEF—select quotations. PART 1

ORIGINS OF RELIGION, MORALITY AND BELIEF—select quotations. PART 1



“If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned or disfigured them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them, and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve its own interests.” Baron D'Holbach





Natural Morality:

If human morals and values do not arise… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 23, 2008 at 3:43pm — 5 Comments

Deleting a duplicate entry.

Deleting a duplicate entry. Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 23, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

ORIGINS OF RELIGION, MORALITY AND BELIEF—select quotations. PART 1

ORIGINS OF RELIGION, MORALITY AND BELIEF—select quotations. PART 1



“If we go back to the beginning we shall find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that fancy, enthusiasm, or deceit adorned or disfigured them; that weakness worships them; that credulity preserves them, and that custom, respect and tyranny support them in order to make the blindness of men serve its own interests.” Baron D'Holbach





Natural Morality:

If human morals and values do not arise… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 23, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

What Is A Scientist, A True Scientist?

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 — No Comments

ORIGINS: WHO WERE THE FIRST INHABITANTS OF BRITAIN FOLLOWING THE LAST ICE AGE?

ORIGINS: WHO WERE THE FIRST INHABITANTS OF BRITAIN FOLLOWING THE LAST ICE AGE?



This is important because they were hunter-gatherer ancestors who had come north, after the ending of the last Ice Age from refuges and habitats in the Mediterranean region. They were the first peoples to cross the land bridge into Britain.

DNA testing suggests that some were my close ancestors—viz. migrating hunter-gatherers.

On a 12,000 year time-scale my ancestors and many other European… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 1, 2008 at 9:28am — 4 Comments

HELPING BELIEVERS TO KNOW THEIR BIBLE BETTER

HELPING BELIEVERS TO KNOW THEIR BIBLE BETTER



Print this on gummed labels and stick into bibles everywhere because believers like to know their bible better.



Those who claim that the bible is the word of god and therefore the truth can hardly complain.







Megalomaniacal God and his Mass Killings



—Genocides Committed by or Authorised by God—




Everyone in the world apart from Noah and family (Genesis… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on September 7, 2008 at 4:00am — 8 Comments

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