Hi peepsJust a wee hello and intro to who I is. I'm a Scotsman in his 40's still surfing the wave of the enlightenment that can be argued to have started with David Hume here in my home city of…Continue
http://theconversation.com/we-have-species-thanks-to-noahs-ark-19542 [Admin Edit: May not contain “blind links”. If you want to link to an article about what you’d like to discuss, copy and paste the article and/or write your own summary or thoughts on the matter in your postGoing up the stairs one animals asks another, “I’m a species. Are you too?” elmadaThere was no concept of biological species before the late…See More
"I am in broad agreement with the majority here in finding such groups inherently suspicious and cult-like. Even its two leaders make my skin crawl as any cult leaders would. Yet on the other side there is the "congregation" most of whom I…"
Church full of Atheists [admin edit: May not contain “blind links”. If you want to link to an article about what you’d like to discuss, copy the article and paste it here and/or write your own summary or thoughts on the matter in your post. Singing songs, clapping hands, praising acts of giving and community work – all the things present in a Church have now found an official home in so-called ‘atheist mega-churches’, a quirky idea spreading…See More
Hi peepsJust a wee hello and intro to who I is. I'm a Scotsman in his 40's still surfing the wave of the enlightenment that can be argued to have started with David Hume here in my home city of Edinburgh. I am a lifelong atheist coming from parents who had a casual yet definite disregard for all things religious. And I am delighted my son, now a grown adult, shares this family heritage.I used to be a lot more involved and engaged in religious debates and attended humanist and skeptic nights for…See More
"There is a sort of assumption in most of these discussions that hallucinogenics were used to enhance the religious experience in some way. That it was used as a kind of enhancement to awaken or reinforce spiritual engagement. That may have been true…"
"People make decisions and perform actions that have no evident rational or causality. Your niece shows a clever abstraction of the laws of thermodynamics, everything carries the information about its past. While theoretically correct in practice its…"
"It would be naive or obtusely narrow-minded to think that any single factor gave rise to religion in the Human animal. It seems there are almost more theories than there are anthropologists and many of them can call on some aspect of mans use of…"