Brad Feaker's Blog (20)

How science saved my soul - or coming to your senses before it is too late.

I was once a very active and committed Christian.  I was the church treasurer, served on multiple committees, was a choir member and was active with the youth group.  But I always had a science bug, even in high school.  Yet I had never tried to reconcile my faith with science.  I don't know if I deliberately avoided it or just never thought of it, but that doesn't really matter now.  One evening while reading 'The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, I began to think - I wonder how well my faith… Continue

Added by Brad Feaker on April 18, 2011 at 9:21pm — No Comments

A very down time in my life.

Right I am experiencing a very depressing time in my life.  Once upon a time I would look to religion to try and make sense of my circumstances.  But know I realize how patronizing and empty those interactions were and I realize I am the one who must overcome these feelings.  I am in the midst of applying for disability via Social Security and the hoops I must jump through seem never ending, with no end in sight.  I have been waiting months to get an appointment with a pain management doctor…

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Added by Brad Feaker on March 28, 2011 at 11:11pm — 6 Comments

Just a place to park my resume online

Apologies for the format loss...







Objective To obtain a challenging position with a forward-looking company that will leverage and expand my technical skills to achieve their business initiatives relating to Information Technology. I have over 27 years of experience in Information Technology ranging from mainframe to Internet technologies. I have experience in many different industries and applications including health care and MCO’s. I possess broad knowledge and… Continue

Added by Brad Feaker on September 4, 2009 at 3:34pm — No Comments

A talk by Victor Stenger!!!

Victor Stenger (author/scientist) will give a talk for Memphis Freethought Alliance and the public at the Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church at 7350 Raleigh LaGrange Road, Cordova, TN 38018 on October 18, 2009. I am so excited - I read his book "God - The Failed Hypotheses" last year and really like it. Anyone who lives close enough should attend!



Here is a little about the speaker (from… Continue

Added by Brad Feaker on August 23, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Thank you Captain Obvious

Read this article at PhysOrg and make sure to watch the video. Heh...

http://www.physorg.com/news169993020.html

Added by Brad Feaker on August 20, 2009 at 9:47pm — 1 Comment

The evil that men do...

I just watched a show on the National Geographic channel called 'Nazi Scrapbooks from Hell'. It is one of the saddest things I have ever seen in my entire life. The scale of the Holocaust and the banality of evil were driven home like nothing I have witnessed. My father was a WWII vet who fought in the North Atlantic and South Pacific theaters. Just when I think I understand WWII something like this comes along and lets me know that I do not really understand it at all. And there are still… Continue

Added by Brad Feaker on June 28, 2009 at 11:17pm — No Comments

An interesting idea from physicist Lee Smolin

Lee Smolin is a physicist, on the faculty of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He recently published an article in Physics World about the numerous theories of a 'multiverse' in cosmology being at best misguided. Overview via PhysOrg:



Lee Smolin, author of the bestselling science book The Trouble with Physics and a…
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Added by Brad Feaker on June 4, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Patience - or the lack thereof....

Pardon me while I go into rant mode for a minute or two...



While I am a live and let live kind of guy, I am sick and tired of people trying to save my non-existent soul. Look - if you want to believe in a sky fairy who monitors your every action and passes judgment on your every thought - fine - I did my share of hallucinogens back in the day. But please stop trying to pass that sh*t off on me. The last time I checked the Constitution, it guarantees you the right to believe whatever… Continue

Added by Brad Feaker on March 2, 2009 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Quantum entanglement - in pictures!!

This is almost too cool...read this article at PhysOrg!!! Now! (what are you waiting for???)

Added by Brad Feaker on February 13, 2009 at 6:53pm — 2 Comments

You really need this...

I found this link today while browsing Pharyngula. Good quick reference points for explaining atheism to theists. And this is just incredible.

H/T to PZ Myers

Added by Brad Feaker on August 26, 2008 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Please excuse the bragging...

I am going to brag a little on my son here so please excuse the excess of fatherly pride. A little background first - my son is playing 7th grade football this year for his middle school. He is 12 y/o, 5' 10" tall and weighs in at 224 ibs. He plays defensive tackle and this clip is from their jamboree last Saturday...watch it HERE



He made the highlight reel first game -… Continue

Added by Brad Feaker on August 25, 2008 at 6:51pm — 2 Comments

This could scar you for life :-)

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 — No Comments

Pat Condell - Freakin' Brilliant

I you have not seen this I issue 1 warning - if you are drinking anything it will wind up on your monitor :-)

Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Asshats out in force at Pharyngula

The catholic asshats are out in force at Pharyngula - they are posting massive comments 40K+ words of pope drivel in an attempt to crash the Science Blogs servers. It's time for a little activism folks - these are deliberate attacks on the SB servers. Support Professor Myers and the First Amendment. Please contact President Robert Bruininks at bruin001@umn.edu

Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 3:44pm — 3 Comments

Great article - Atheist Myths

Here is a link to a great article by Austin Cline on his about.com atheism blog. Go read it - now!!!

Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 2:53pm — No Comments

It is done...Professor PZ Myers rules!

One of my personal heroes of rationality, Professor PZ Myers, has finally put the infamous cracker out of it's misery...

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/07/the_great_desecration.php#more

Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 1:52pm — 3 Comments

The utter insanity of Christianity (wow - that rhymes!)

I have been following the comment thread over at http://de-conversion.com/2008/07/22/i-never-wanted-to-be-an-atheist/ - and ran across the following exchange (names have been deleted to protect the guilty):



commenter 1 (a Christian)



Wow, the tone here is so interesting. Such great anger and pompousness, against God himself, even. Hmmm. He is not going to accept any of your excuses on Judgment Day. He is going to show you all of the ways he revealed himself to you quite…
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Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

A survey of belief

Recently Sam Harris conducted an online survey about belief. He asked that responders to the surveys (4) be either atheists or Christian. The results are fairly predictable - but a few surprises. You can see the results here:

http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/survey-what-do-atheists-and-christians-believe-and-how-strongly-do-they-bel/

Added by Brad Feaker on July 23, 2008 at 1:44pm — 1 Comment

What's up with the title of my page

Fos those who may NOT know (jeez - you people really exist?) Cthulhu is an invention of H.P. Lovecraft in his many stories of the Elder Gods. Cthulhu was the prophet/preacher for the 'Old Ones' or may have been and Elder God himself. He is described in 'The Call of Cthulhu' as " a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind." How cool is… Continue

Added by Brad Feaker on July 21, 2008 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Why do Christians want to pray for me all the time?

If god is omniscient he knows everything, including my disbelief. If god is immutable the he cannot change his mind. So why would a Christian pray in the first place, especially for a heathen like me? If god has these attributes – he can’t change his mind about anything. This is also where the Bible contradicts the very nature of the god who inspired it. So message to the Christians – no thanks on the prayer thing.

Brad

Added by Brad Feaker on July 21, 2008 at 1:11pm — 5 Comments

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