Communication And The Meaning Of Words
Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 9, 2011 at 11:55am —
Why I Prefer To Reject All Friend Requests
On social networks like Facebook and also on AN, people declare themselves mutually as friends. It is public information, who is accepted as a friend.
I have decided to principally refuse all friend requests anywhere. Having a public list of chosen contacts on a profile has no benefits whatsoever for me. When a total stranger wants to…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 8, 2011 at 2:53pm —
Religion As Entertainment Continue
For those, who are still struggling with getting emotionally free from religion, enjoying other people's religious behavior as a spectacle may be difficult. But when being completely void of religious feelings, other people's religious expressions and rituals can be very entertaining. Some religious behaviors are really hilarious.
I experience churches, mosques and…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 5, 2011 at 6:46pm —
How Religious Jerks Buy Licenses For Transgressions
In Sevilla and some places nearby in southern Spain, every year in the spring, the Semana Santa is celebrated. There are fraternities affiliated with every church. During that week, every fraternity performs a procession, that can last up to 14 hours. On a heavy float, the main figure from the church is carried by men underneath. Other men march, with a costume and a hood…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 3, 2011 at 9:55am —
A Skeptical Use Of The Words BELIEF, FAITH And TRUST Continue
In atheistic and sceptical discussion the words belief, faith and trust are often used with implicitly different meanings and this leads to misunderstandings. My solution is to define, how I use these words.
Faith and belief are to me synonyma, because they both translate to only one German word, Glaube. If there is at all any difference,…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 2, 2011 at 11:04am —
APISTIA Is More Than Atheism Plus Skepticism
I use to declare myself to be both an atheist and a skeptic. But I have come to the conclusion, that I should better define myself as apistic.
Skepticism means to doubt any claim or appearance and never accept anything as true. Instead of believing anything as true, I always estimate the probability, that it could be true. But skepticism is limited…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 1, 2011 at 8:43am —
Dichotomy, Atheism And The Transition Point Continue
The following analogy is independent from the subjective human preference for light over darkness.
Complete darkness is the absence of light. Light is not the absence of darkness.
Real atheism is the absence of any faith. Faith is not the absence of atheism.
Day and night, light and darkness are dichotomies.
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 31, 2011 at 8:03am —
Is This As Weird As It Can Get?
I am an atheist and I am already well aware, that once people are driven by a delusion like the one of the existence of a deity, there is nothing crazy, that is beyond their scope of possible behavior.
But what I just stumbled upon is remarkable:
In 897, a trial was held over a pope's corpse exterred eight months after his death.
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 30, 2011 at 4:57am —
Religion, Atheism And Emotional Pain Continue
A while ago I defined the most fundamental difference between humans and animals as the conscious ability to choose between either breeding or not breeding as an individual preference. This is of course also the case with the choice to override other instincts.
Animals are robots, whose behavior is driven primarily by recurrent instinctive urges to restore…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 27, 2011 at 9:30am —
Selfishness And Identity
Selfishness as a trait means considering oneself entitled to selfish behavior including the justification for such behavior in the past and the planning or willingness for such behavior in the future.
Selfish behavior is
- subjectively beneficial for the one acting selfishly.
- subjectively or objectively harmful to the target,…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 26, 2011 at 10:04am —
The Philistine's Sour Grapes Of Knowledge Continue
This blog entry was inspired by the discussion of the Arrogance of Ignorance
, that led me to read this text:…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 25, 2011 at 8:04am —
Breeders, Non-Breeders And The Reciprocal Accusation Of Selfishness Continue
Breeders and non-breeders often accuse each other of being selfish. This is remarkable, as being selfish means attempting to get benefits for oneself disregarding conflicting interests. Accusing someone else of being selfish implies the agreement, that the allegedly selfish behavior is indeed beneficial for the accused. Evaluating another person's behavior as…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 24, 2011 at 8:04am —
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 23, 2011 at 9:01am —
Until a few days ago, I always interpreted Marx's famous quote "Religion is the opium of the people" as a metaphor.
A few days ago, I changed my mind. I was sitting at a bus stop and got into talking with the woman sitting next to me, who in less than a minute presented herself as a Jehova's witness. Usually I avoid religious discussion as a completely futile attempt to get through the believers' delusion. They believe, what they feel a…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 22, 2011 at 6:13pm —
I define myself as an Epicurean Atheist. Being lonely, I started a blog describing my own search for what I call the Egalitarian Rational Commitment Paradigm. So far, my mindmate to be found has not stumbled upon it.
Therefore I just started a new approach by creating a page, where all lonely Epicureans can look for a mate and add a profile. Egalitarian…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 21, 2011 at 2:38am —
Epicureanism, Objectivism And The Predisposition Of The Brain
It is often assumed, that people either develop or adopt a philosophy and then consciously decide to live in accordance.
I am convinced, that it is the other way around. People first feel comfortable with a specific way of life, which is innate in their brain, and then they develop or adopt the philosophy most suitable as a…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 19, 2011 at 3:33am —
Was Epicurus A Concealed Atheist?
This is a continuation of The Gods In Epicurus' World
According to this quote from Epicurus' letter to Menoeceus, Epicurus was not an atheist as we understand it today.
"First believe that God is a living being immortal and blessed, according…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 18, 2011 at 6:12am —
A gullible person's belief is another person's claim taken as true without doubt. In this context, it makes no difference, if the belief is in the existence of an entity or in a contingency. It also makes not difference, if it contradicts science, has never been scientifically evaluated or just cannot be proven or disproved. Continue
Gullible people choose their preferred belief depending on the kind of trouble and their personality. The following…
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 16, 2011 at 2:50am —
The Gods In Epicurus' World
The reason or triggers to become atheistic differ, depending on the kind and trait of the deity to be discarded and the general level of available scientific knowledge.
The question, how much Epicurus was a theist and why he did not become an atheist as would be consistent with his philosophy as expected from our modern view, can only be… Continue
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 13, 2011 at 9:23pm —
Interacting With Gullible People Is A Hazard For Rational People Continue
Whenever I am in contact with someone expressing the belief in irrational claims, my spontaneous emotional reaction is a strong feeling of repugnance and aversion. For a long time I had been wondering, why I could not just shrug my shoulders in scorn and condescension for their ludicrous need of believing. …
Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 12, 2011 at 6:14am —