~ Francis Collins, a Christian,
"former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he led the successful effort to complete the Human Genome Project—which mapped and sequenced all of the human DNA and determined aspects of its function. The project built the foundation upon which subsequent genetic…
"The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance and doubt and uncertainty, and this experience is of very great importance, I think. When a scientist doesn't know the answer to a problem, he is ignorant. When he has a hunch as to what the result is, he is uncertain. And when he is pretty darned sure of what the result is going to be, he is in some doubt. We have…
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"Freedom to discriminate with impunity? It’s worse than that.
"Almost universally, the religious freedom claims pursued in the U.S. over the last two decades seek the freedom to do harm, most often the freedom to harm queers, women, children or…
Here is a wood burning kitchen stove, much as my grandmother's.
A washtub on the wood burning stove boiled dirty clothes. She used a hand-cranked wringer to move the boiled clothes to the rinse tubs. A piece of kindling wood snatch the clothes out of the boiling water and got them started in the wringer. I have the wooden stick in my basement laundry room. …Continue
Thrift is what my grandparents had to learn after tremendous loss of income during the Great Depression. My mother's generation had to be thrifty as they worked hard and planned for big purchases. Coming out of WW II was a very prosperous time for more products to replace food gardens and homemade clothes. My generation learned by watching as children, then buying clothes, food and whatever we wanted. Some of us put high value in education. My daughter's generation shunned higher education…Continue
In 1953, Frederic Silverman, a radiologist, noticed children coming into his radiology clinic with chillingly frequent X-ray images of multiple fractures. "The bones tell a story the child is too young or too frightened to tell." He published an article "The Roentgen Manifestations of Unrecognized Skeletal Trauma in Infants,"
In 1962, C. Henry Kempe, a pediatrician at the University of Colorado Medical School, tried…Continue
Abrahamic faiths, based on domination, reveal underlying principles that an angry, vengeful, mean-spirited god hangs over us with promises of heaven and threats of hell. Many think of life as a hierarchy with god at the top, then man, male, who has dominion over everything. Under him and responsible to him is female with the mark of pain and suffering her lot in life. Under father/mother come children, often used as unpaid labor. Read Green Paradise Lost by Elizabeth Dodson Gray,…Continue
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Religions, based on Abrahamic faiths, operate in terms of dominion, ownership, hierarchy, exploitation, and manipulation.We see it all around us in the policies and practices of the institutions of our lives. I see it in my family. One grandmother came from a long line of Puritans with a very strong sense of patriarchy. Her husband, my grandfather came from a rigid Roman Catholic background with a strong sense of patriarchy. As I observe my family as a participant observer, I see a lot of…Continue
"Are you an atheist; but you are so nice!" Have you heard this statement? I have.
People often think terrible things about atheists. Well, why not? They hear all kinds of things about us that just are not true. People are afraid of us and they want to keep their children away from us. It takes time…Continue
"Author Dr Kerryn Higgs examines…Continue
Virtually nothing of quantum physics makes sense to me and it seems I am not alone. The laws do not follow Newton at all. Newton discovered the laws of the very big. Quantum physics involves laws of the very small; it "explains the nature and behavior of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level."
Reading has become very difficult for me as I age.…Continue
I started reading Steve Keen's work several years ago. It was before he developed this mathematical model of money flow. Each step along the way was painful for him as an economist and for me as an observer. Trials and errors occurred as in anything that is new. He successfully earned a grant from INET, …Continue
These factors reveal what I want in a presidential candidate:
1) easing the burdens on working parents, with sick leave, paid family and medical leave, childcare, eldercare, a higher minimum wages, tax incentives for companies that share profits with their employees;
2) taking on the moneyed interests, large Wall Street banks, big corporations, and richest…Continue
People with skills on the computer have a future, as far as employment goes. Individuals with talents such as those used here on Atheist Nexus will have the jobs of the future. Production of goods will continue to flow offshore, leaving the construction trades and service jobs for domestic employment. More people need training for international…Continue
A bit of good news, for a change,
Why would anyone turn away from centuries old traditions and beliefs?
1) Do religious beliefs held by an individual create opportunities for questioning, doubting, exploring, experimenting, inventing or do they offer feelings of discouragement, helplessness, depression,…Continue
"feminist artist Sophia Wallace’s “work reveals the “phallic as neutral” bias in science, law, philosophy, politics, mainstream and even feminist discussion, and the art world. Her art will be…
I have been chatting with a person from Yemen on the internet and so looked into the history, politics religion, and geology of that ancient nation. It is an arid land and beautiful as that kind of temperature zone is in its way. One of the videos I watched gets at the heart of what I find so impossible to accept regarding Islam. Take a look and share your reactions. …Continue
Wolff Identifies the flaws of capitalism, the destructive influence it has on individuals, nations and international affairs. He and a group of many other people concerned about the investment in bombs and bullets instead of bridges between people. He describes the hegemony and how it works. The USA has…Continue
It is hard to imagine that the earliest Homo sapiens had such gorgeous bodies, male and female, or the warriors looked so much like our Hollywood muscle men with pretty faces. The English weren't called English in the period to which he refers ... but hey, he tells a far more compelling story than that told the in museums of the world. I wish he had told about the role of women as a more exalted position, but if he told the truth, no one would believe him. Well ... a lot of people won't…Continue
located in Tonopah, NV.
"Construction is 100% complete and we’re in the commissioning phase right now, which means we’re turning on, testing and calibrating each of the systems. Commissioning is about 75% complete. Over 98% of the 10,347…Continue