This has nothing to do with atheism, but I have become fond and familiar with the community here and I would like your collective opinion on a sensitive matter with which I am faced. I know a little girl at a chinese restaurant I frequent; she is the owners' daughter and she eats with me when I come in. Recently she mentioned that one of her parent's employees creeps her out, so I asked her why. She said "he tickles me," which immediately sent up red flags to me. I asked her if she had told…Continue
Let me first say that until this year, I fully beleived that 9/11 was the work of al-Qaeda and Bin Laden...because I had never bothered to look at any of the conspiracy theories. This year, I finally got curious as to why people were still going on about the attacks being a government job, so I spent a few days looking up videos and reviews. Quite a few of them were sketchy and I was able to dismiss the claims because I could conceive of alternative possibilities to many of the allegations.…Continue
I had such high hopes for this man when I voted for him. I was so tired of seeing white men in office, even being white myself, that I wanted him to show people that they needn't conform to societal stereotypes. But he was a Trojan horse, and has now done more harm to this country than anyone President before him. I can no longer call him my president, as he has sold me into bondage. He has transformed the home of the free into a military dictatorship. It is now perfectly legal for him to…Continue
I began this exchange in the midst of another thread, but as it was developing into its own discourse, I decided it should be moved to its own thread. If you'd like to see the comments that lead up to this reply by my friend Glen Rosenberg, they are here.
"John, you just want an argument. OKAY
Your hard core [moral relativism]…Continue
Bill S. 1867 passed last night with a nearly unanimous vote. For those of you living under rocks, this bill is the National Defense Authorization Act, which is renewed every year, but which this year includes the declaration that "the entire USA is a “battleground” upon which U.S. military forces can operate with impunity, overriding Posse Comitatus and granting the military the unchecked power to arrest, detain, interrogate and even assassinate U.S. citizens with impunity." -…Continue
U.N. declares internet access a basic human right.
U.S. demonstrates willingness to shut down…Continue
AIDS cure patented in 1997, US patent #5676977 (LOOK IT UP). Labeled Tetramusil/ Imusil, the cure is a solution of tetrasilver tetroxide, which contains molecules of one monovalent and two trivalent silver ions, and is dirt-cheap to synthesize! The solution becomes active in the bloodstream when it bonds with pathogens, which act as a conductive medium for the disparate electrical charges of the silver ions. The molecule literally electrocutes the pathogen to death, and the resulting…Continue
James Gamble, of Proctor & Gamble released this feature-length documentary last week and it went viral almost instantly. I cannot do enough to recommend this video to you. In the beginning you may think 'this is bunk, I'm done here," but please, please, PLEASE watch the whole thing.
Ironically, I started a thread on many of the same topics covered…Continue
I keep close watch on technological development around the world, archiving dozens of articles daily, and I am becoming downright scared by some of what I'm reading between the lines. For example, I see this article, titled Future Wars May Be Fought by Synapses, which details a few examples of how we will soon be able to manipulate functions of the brain,…Continue
The Pirate Party in Germany brought it up, and the idea has spread to a few American politicians as well - that government might be better as an online service than as a representative body. Parts of it, at least. Certainly we would still need an executive branch as a host of enforcers, but what of the legislative and judicial branch? Judgement of the law already relies on the input of a jury, everyday Joes and Janes like you and me, and legislation is expedited (theoretically) by a group…Continue
Okay, so maybe you and I didn't personally go to Libya, pull an old, unarmed man into the street and shoot a hole through his head. But we clicked on the links to the videos, didn't we? Actually, I didn't. I refuse to celebrate and glorify killing, be it Gadhafi or Bin Ladin or anybody less notorious, whether I agree with their conduct or not.
Every generation these travails repeat themselves. When my mother was a child, it was Stalin and Mussolini dragged through the streets…Continue
Riddle me this:
I stand before a counter with several types of food on it. I am hungry but I am currently not eating. Thermodynamics dictates that I will continue not eating until acted on by a force or forces. How do I generate the energy to choose a specific item and eat it?
I'll give you a hint: it's a trick question.
It is my belief that human beings live in an a-moral world, wherein each of us acts only on our own behalf; in the interrest of what we think is "good" or against what we think is "bad." I think that each of us can be certain that we exist (cogito ergo sum) but that we can and do doubt all else.* I believe that each of us operates by our own laws, and that we disregard the laws, norms and common sense of society when it suits us. Essentially, we are…Continue
I want some cool new websites to add to my favorites list, so here are some of my personal favorites, and I'd like to hear some of yours (with a brief description please):
Science Daily - This is my #1 news source for science break-throughs happening all over the world. It's updated with a dozen or more articles every day, and always contains something of interrest (at least to me). Articles can be searched by…Continue
Added by John Camilli on June 8, 2011 at 12:58pm — No Comments
Lately, I've debated a lot of people here about the validity of saying that a particular model of reality is superior to another. Many of you are wont to claim that religious ideas are non-sense or at least less sense than non-religious ideas, or scientific ideas (I distinguish the two because atheists are not always scientists). The reason I bother to debate this point at all is not even to assert a model of my own, but to illustrate that no idea should really be considered more or…Continue
I have recently encountered a member here who refuses to post comments of mine in his blog. The comments were related directly to his blog and did not contain incendiary or irrelevant remarks. I believe he refused to post them because they were sound arguments that defeated his own, and he was tired of being made to look foolish.
I would, therefore, like to ask all who read this to boycott and unfriend…Continue
All over the world, nations are in turmoil, and the condition seems to be spreading like wildfire. Some attribute it to the increasing availability of communications networks, some attribute it to Bin Ladin, while others hail the doom of 2012. Whatever the reasons, people seem swept in the currents of change, I think because of the dormant dissatisfaction that we all have suppressed for so long, seeing no alternative but to live out our days on this planet as lowly, walking, talking apes.…Continue
How would you deal with me?
I am an ardent existentialist who does not believe in freedom or choice. I believe I am a cog in the wheel, as it were, and I neither take responsibility nor accept blame for anything that happens. I do not plan ahead (consciously) or worry, and I do not look behind and regret. In my philosophy, it is impossible to make mistakes because everything is only what it must be, and could not be otherwise, despite the human suspicion that many…Continue