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Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis

Started this discussion. Last reply by Davis Goodman May 17. 79 Replies

Bill Nye has just authoritatively pontificated that life “MUST EXIST” beyond our planet.  But, just like theists, he has nothing to offer in the way of empirical evidence to support his belief, only…Continue

Empirical evidence for God?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Bob May 22. 53 Replies

Does any actual evidence for God exist?Faith is not evidence.  Countless people have had complete faith that the world would end on a particular date.  It didn’t; therefore, faith does not qualify as…Continue

THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Bob Apr 29. 50 Replies

THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS FOR THEISTS1) Inasmuch as you have no trouble believing in the wondrous miracles of your God, why don’t you believe in the mundane ones of Santa Claus?  2) Is your God an…Continue

Really, God?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Jennings Feb 2. 4 Replies

The popular British actor/comedian/writer/atheist, Stephen Fry, was asked on a BBC interview show called, “The Meaning of Life,” what he would do if he died and found himself standing before God. …Continue

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Dale Headley replied to Katie Patterson 's discussion 'am i the only athiest that believes in spirits'
"Simon: I gather by saying "I don't think that is very scientific at all," you are implying that there IS a scientific way of examining the validity of paranormal claims.  If there is such a scientific paradigm, please tell me…"
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Dale Headley replied to Katie Patterson 's discussion 'am i the only athiest that believes in spirits'
"Simon: Labeling paranormal beliefs “absurdities” or “preposterous” was not intended to be a “deductive technique.”  There have been thousands of “deductive techniques” applied to paranormal…"
yesterday
Dale Headley replied to Katie Patterson 's discussion 'am i the only athiest that believes in spirits'
"   Katie: first of all, it's "atheist," not "athiest."  And you should capitalize the personal pronoun, "I," in all instances.    Assuming you're not insane, upon what basis do you…"
Sunday
Dale Headley replied to Ed's discussion 'Babies Are Not Born Atheists'
"   So, we're all born believers at heart?  That must be why Jehovah's witnesses at my door are always asking me when it was that I stopped believing in God.  It doesn't occur to them that I might NEVER have…"
Sunday
Dr. Bob replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Empirical evidence for God?'
"Sure, I'd agree that would exclude the idea of God as a rather jealous, vain, and petty anthropomorphic idea. "
May 22
Davis Goodman replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis'
"But Steve has a point (not in your argument but the examples you've used). Our sun isn't in the category of a rare thing unless you mean a star of a certain size at specific coordinates in a specific galaxy. If we use this kinds of…"
May 17
Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis'
"Food for thought: “I'd like to widen people's awareness of the tremendous timespan lying ahead--for our planet, and for life itself. Most educated people are aware that we're the outcome of nearly 4bn years of Darwinian…"
May 17
Dale Headley replied to Logicallunatic's discussion '"It's not Adam and Steve, it's Adam and Eve"'
"   My Mormon friend believes there is a conspiracy afoot to turn all schools into indoctrination centers in which children are taught how to engage in gay sexual intercourse.  That's why he donated a ton of money to pass the…"
May 17
Dale Headley replied to Unseen's discussion 'Illogic and the death penalty'
"   We all die, the innocent and guilty alike. Furthermore, death ends all suffering.  So is that what we want?  for the most heinous offenders among us to have their suffering end as soon as possible?  Just asking. "
May 17
Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis'
"I'm just turning Bill Nye's sort of argument back on itself. So, like him, I was talking about something you can only speculate about. Unlike him, I was not asserting it as a fact ,thus any claim that I'm making an assertion that…"
May 16
SteveInCO replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis'
"If this is intended to be an argument, instead of a speculation, it fails, because all you've done is made an assertion and invited us to prove you wrong, shifting the burden of proof. Essentially you are pointing out that the universe is huge…"
May 16
Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis'
"I don't have specific examples of things that actually happened only once without being ridiculous, like OUR SUN only happened once.  All I know is that things can can and do happen only once against all odds. "
May 15
Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis'
"The aborted the other one when I was born."
May 15
Davis Goodman replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis'
"If you've paid any attention to what I've written on this thread...you'd see that the most I believe we can claim about life on other planets...is that one can have an optimistic disposition. Paranoid much? I agree with you in this…"
May 15
Pope Beanie replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis'
"Twins of Unseen?"
May 15
Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Bill Nye's dubious hypothesis'
"Unlike you, I'm not trying to prove anything. You're trying to prove me wrong, I just speculated."
May 15

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About Me:
I am a retired teacher. I taught science. I taught evolution. I never met another teacher who either taught or understood evolution. I never met another PERSON who understood evolution. But I've met plenty of people who believe there's an old white, bearded man in the sky who controls their lives. Go figure.
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71-76
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I would like to share my disrespect for all religions, but most especially my extreme distaste for Christianity.
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Was never a part of one
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scriptural favorites

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 5:50pm 1 Comment

I am occasionally asked to explain when I became an atheist.  I have several stock answers, but one of my favorite is, “When I read the Bible.”  

Here are a few selected verses from both the Old and New Testaments that pretty much explicate both the “morality” and “compassion” of God.  Choose one, some, or all of them at your leisure.  If you only have the energy to choose one, I recommend my favorite:  2 Kings 2:23-24. 

Or if you’re too lazy to bother looking them up at…

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flawed education

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 7:42pm 16 Comments

Here is a question many of you would probably consider a bit whimsical, if not heretical; but I assure you, it has a dead serious intent.  If you were education czar, what would YOU require be taught (or not taught) in American schools?

Let me get you started.  Here are three things that I believe SHOULD be taught but AREN’T: metric system; evolution; critical thinking.

And here are three that ARE being taught, but SHOULDN’T: spelling; long division; propaganda.

My full…

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Making God

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 6:59pm 10 Comments

Imagine that there is no God.  So your species has a meeting and decides it wants or needs at least one god.  What kind of god would you propose?  What would be its attributes?  Its powers?  Its motivations?  I have definite ideas about that, which I may post here later; but the purpose here is not to debate MY conception of an ideal god, but to give you the opportunity to describe yours.  Details, please!  

the ultimate prayer

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 3:49pm 3 Comments

   I just read Richard Raymond's atheist prayer.  Here's mine, verbatim.

   Dear God.  Kill me.  Please!  I have lived a full life with no (well, a few small ones, maybe) regrets.  I'm ready to terminate my existence.  I'm waiting, God.  Nothing's happening.  I'll try a little harder: please, please, pretty please, oh great God.  I know you have the power to kill me; so why don't you?  It shouldn't be too hard; after all, I'm 75 years old. You could just give me a heart attack.  God,…

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At 7:43pm on June 5, 2011, Stephen Charles said…
Hey Dale, all I was saying is that it saddens me greatly how people can still get away with dishonouring the bill of rights in the western world. Especially when it's children. I mean, I thought beating and restraining a child in an uncomfortable position as well as subjecting them to mental and verbal abuse was illegal, but maybe that's just me.
 
 
 

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