You're familiar with the satirical wit of "The Onion", right? Well, they have a new "Book of Known Knowledge". I got it from my library. Here's their definition of atheism. 

Atheism, rejection of a belief in the existence of God in which one deeply devotes oneself to the nearly nonstop studying, writing, thinking, and talking about God. Upon raching the philosophical and logical conclusion that God cannot exist, an atheist will dedicate the rest of his or her life to poring over books about God, fervently arguing with those who believe in God, and meeting with other devout atheists to discuss God or listen to someone lecture passionately and at length about how there is no God. The firmly held belief that there is no God gives atheists a deep sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.

I don't know about you, but I love it! That's exactly why, in my very first Nexus post, I said I probably wouldn't write much about the subject (nor read other posts about it), despite this being a blog site explicitly for atheists. 'Nuf said.

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Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on March 11, 2013 at 8:40am

Neurology has already proved that altruism is just a brain based function and that psychopaths are not evil, where they were once tortured or killed by Christians exorcisms to removing the demons supposedly causing their behavior.  

Now we understand that clinical psychopaths have a form of autism where the altruistic (limbic) system or behavior mirroring neurons, is incomplete or damaged. 

Thus they have an inability to understand or act altruistically and are prone to anti-social, uncaring behavior and attitudes.

Though they are manageable if discovered/diagnosed early enough, which they usually are in many well organized, responsive school systems.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on March 11, 2013 at 8:30am

Yes Randall, there is a condition where people cannot even recognize their own face.  The neurologist Olive Sacks has this problem, he was on 60 minutes about it.  My mother has it at the moment with her suffering agnosia, due to a cancer in her brain.   I'm currently reading Oliver Sacks book on Hallucinations, where he is covering my mother's condition where I'm currently reading.  I'm an avid reader on neurology, it is the science that will eventually remove god from his last hideout, the minds/brains of Theists.   Yes, it's the only place such a delusional character can dwell.  Neurology will eventually confirm that consciousness is a function of the physical brain and not a connection to any cosmic consciousness nor god.  Aye M8!  :-D~

Comment by Randall Smith on March 11, 2013 at 8:08am

To GOD'-aye regarding your running commentary with Loren: Did you ever see that 60 Minutes story about how difficult to recognize a face upside down? Some people can't even remember a familiar face right side up! True.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on March 11, 2013 at 7:57am

ROFL Loren!  I'm bad with names, wear my name badge upside down at conferences so I can read who I am.

Though it is also a good conversation starter, it's amazing how many people cannot read a simple, common name when it is upside down.  I've never had such trouble.  I even read newspapers others sitting opposite me are reading with the paper laying on the table, yes I can read as fluent upside down as upright.

Comment by Future on March 11, 2013 at 7:52am

I'm glad that was in the Onion, as it is satirical as hell.  The truth is, if religion wasn't constantly trying to muscle in on government, religionists would rarely ever hear from atheists to begin with.  We don't care how religionists wish to waste their lives, we care when they rudely interrupt ours.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2013 at 7:01am

Well ... personally ... I'd call myself "Loren!"  I suppose this place could just be "The Nexus," but Star Trek: Generations already took that!

Shoot, we'll think of something!  Don't be such a worry-wart!

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on March 11, 2013 at 6:38am

Welcome to "Normal Nexus"  mmm naaa  Just doesn't have the same impact! 

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on March 11, 2013 at 6:36am

Hang on there a minute Loren!  If we eliminate religion; no more Theists.

What the hell are we going to call ourselves and this website.  No Theists = No Atheists.

We need Theists for our very existence!

And for a bit of light entertainment as well.   LOL  :-D~

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on March 11, 2013 at 6:31am

Yes Randall, of course it is funny and extremely astute!  It's the impression ordinary people get of Atheism from the media.  The only time they see the word atheism is in some type of opposition to religion and every time they hear comments from atheists they hear a form of atheist bigotry against religion.  So naturally, they get the perception that Atheists do nothing else but attack religion.  The public perceive attacking religion as our one and only career.

In many appearances of Atheists in the media, they use the term god more frequently than Theists, which skeptical viewers find a little weird, since we aren't supposed to accept one exists.

This is the public image we unwittingly paint!   Tis funny when you think about how we rant often without thinking of how we come across to the public.   ROFL!   :-D~

Comment by Loren Miller on March 10, 2013 at 10:12am

Steph, I think you have something there.  The theists are forever accusing us of having no purpose, no reason to live.  They fail to recognize that they give us that raison d'etre by their very existence!  The Elimination Of Religion Is Our Purpose!!!

Oh, but what happens when that goal is accomplished?  What do you do THEN, you smarty-pants atheists???  Me, I just go on snugglin' my wife, playing with puddy-cats and troubleshooting ... among other things.

I mean, would someone like to tell me why ANY of us should only have ONE PURPOSE?

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