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AACon 2014

Started Apr 19 0 Replies

Been at AACon in Salt Lake for the past two days, and while I've been generally in agreement with the vast majority of what's been said, I've also been generally unimpressed by the guests' speeches. …Continue

Secular coming-of-age ceremony for the 21st century

Started Mar 12 0 Replies

This article appeared recently in The Atlantic:…Continue

Utah: Land of the squeamish, home of the Crazy

Started Jan 3 0 Replies

December is usually when The Crazy is most prominently on display in dear Utah, but the shockingly abrupt court decision that had our county clerks' offices overflowing and Rachel Maddow all but…Continue

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"Believing there is no God is just as ridiculous as believing in one."

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Sep 28, 2013. 55 Replies

OK, to be clear: no, it's not.  This steaming turd of wisdom was laid upon me by a friend of mine, someone I generally respect and consider intelligent, open and robustly critical of thought.  And…Continue

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Brian Daurelle commented on Nerdy Keith's blog post 'Born Innocent Until Proven Guilty'
"I think that even the word 'innocent' has no place in this discussion. We humans are just born as we are; all concepts of morality, justice and fairness are 'instincts' imparted by evolution or socialized frameworks built on the…"
Jul 10
Brian Daurelle commented on ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's video
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Is Christianity Moral?

"Just for fun, I went and looked up the precepts of Christianity.  I literally typed that phrase into the google-machine and took the first result;  http://www.tobinstrong.com/intro/basics.php which I assume to be a representative…"
Jul 9
Brian Daurelle posted a discussion

AACon 2014

Been at AACon in Salt Lake for the past two days, and while I've been generally in agreement with the vast majority of what's been said, I've also been generally unimpressed by the guests' speeches.  So far, the best talk given, by far, was by the only Theist invited, the reverened Barry Lynn, though I have great hopes for Greta Christina later tonight.  Most of the rest has just been the kind of back-patting and circle-jerking I would expect of a corporate conference or donor's dinner. Why is…See More
Apr 19
Brian Daurelle replied to Ryan Beatty's discussion 'ATHIEST vs AGNOSTIC - please read this. its why im here (sorta)...'
"This is a good point! I much prefer the lowercase-a use of the word agnostic, on a case-by-case basis.  This is more in keeping with a skeptical, scientific attitude towards things we don't know.  We can be agnostic regarding the…"
Mar 23
Brian Daurelle replied to Ryan Beatty's discussion 'ATHIEST vs AGNOSTIC - please read this. its why im here (sorta)...'
"I don't think any decent atheist would claim to be 100% certain that there is no God, no afterlife, no supernatural phenomena etc., but that's not the point.  The point is that, as a human, we have beliefs about things whether or not…"
Mar 23
Brian Daurelle commented on Ray K's blog post 'The problem with cherry-picking'
"I think your predictions for the hypothetical future are wildly optimistic; people will still do terrible things even when religion is universally acknowledged as a societal ill.  Religion, like any dogmatic belief system, can be used for any…"
Mar 19
Brian Daurelle posted a discussion

Secular coming-of-age ceremony for the 21st century

This article appeared recently in The Atlantic:http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/03/what-scandinavia-can-teach-us-teens-about-coming-of-age/284360/And while it's shallow and rather cursory, stoking my suspicion that the Atlantic hires a bunch of smart people and then gives them no leads, topics, guidelines or deadlines, there's an interesting…See More
Mar 12
Brian Daurelle replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion 'Arizona et al'
"Because of the first amendment protection against establishment of religion, such a law could never be truly constitutional.  There's a very basic separation between forcing people to believe in things and not doing that, and I don't…"
Mar 3
Brian Daurelle replied to Unseen's discussion 'Okay peaceniks, let's talk about what's going on in the Ukraine'
"Those of us who would be breaking out our 'Make love not war' banners right now are simply clear-headed enough to realize the nature of modern war: it hardly matters who protests, when the only people making decisions are so isolated by…"
Mar 3
Brian Daurelle replied to Renee's discussion 'Who Was Jesus, Really??'
"The point of the phrase 'Lord, Liar or Lunatic' was to encompass every possible interpretation of Jesus' 'recorded' life, so you should assume that the definition of each term expands to fill any grey areas.  When you…"
Jan 17
Brian Daurelle replied to Unseen's discussion 'Should artists be considered separately from their work?'
"I think it would be perfectly awesome if Roman Polanski flew back to the US and got an academy award delivered to his prison cell.  This is simply a question of reality, or, rather two completely unrelated questions about…"
Jan 16
Brian Daurelle replied to Christopher McGuire's discussion 'Is School Out for Most Atheists?'
"I do spend quite a bit of time doing 'follow up' research; after reading a book by Dawkins or Harris or Dennett, I like to delve a little deeper into each religious tradition they mention, mostly as an anthropological or sociological…"
Jan 16
Brian Daurelle replied to Logicallunatic's discussion 'The Illusion of Skill'
"My mother is very into investment literature, and I was nearly drawn in by it myself, in my more impressionable years, because each book she picked up seemed to have the answers to all questions you could ever want to ask about becoming rich and…"
Jan 16
Brian Daurelle posted a discussion

Utah: Land of the squeamish, home of the Crazy

December is usually when The Crazy is most prominently on display in dear Utah, but the shockingly abrupt court decision that had our county clerks' offices overflowing and Rachel Maddow all but pulling her hair out from cognitive dissonance made this an extra special Festivus season for the proverbial Rest of Us here. I must admit at this point that I have no question to ask or ax to grind: just wanted to share the highlights of the most unusual thing to sweep the beehive state since TLC…See More
Jan 3
Brian Daurelle replied to Nerdy Keith's discussion 'Suicide (The Only Logical Option) ???'
"I would bet this is a case where that person's worldview is so inundated by religious thinking, specifically the idea of an omnipotent God, that they have a hard time imagining people believing otherwise.  The famous eye-roller in this…"
Dec 23, 2013
Brian Daurelle replied to Giddian Beer's discussion 'Intelligent? Design?'
"No, it hasn't, and there's absolutely no arguing with that.  If it has been 'shown', it hasn't been shown in any reputable scientific manner, since science is not (cannot) be in the business of disproving propositions,…"
Dec 9, 2013

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Your Religious Status
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic
About Me:
Music is my religion! (But not really!)
Age
19-24
Relationship Status
Single
Why are you here?
To gain the comforts that I can't bring myself to get from religion... the existance of like-minded people.
The religion you left
Mormonism
Why you left your religion.
Because it's patently false.
Think Atheist Travel Network Couch Availability - Are you able to host anyone now?
Coffee or a drink

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At 3:49pm on March 26, 2012, Robert Karp said…

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