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Atheism: Individual vs. Group Identity

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Aug 7, 2013. 32 Replies

This is not intended as a strict dichotomy -- grey area is just fine --, but do you view atheism or aspects of atheism as being defined individually or defined as a group? This is about personal…Continue

Is a Lawless Universe Nonsense?

Started this discussion. Last reply by H3xx Jul 7, 2013. 24 Replies

Can a universe exist which has no natural/ physical/ scientific laws?N.B. In using the term 'law', I am not talking about a formalized human definition of a physical relationship/ pattern/ property;…Continue

Capitalizing 'atheism'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Suzanne Olson-Hyde Apr 2, 2013. 67 Replies

This is not a particularly deep thread, but it seems to me that the prevalence of 'Atheism' with a capital 'A' is growing. 'Atheism' is a common noun, not a proper noun, so in English it should not…Continue

U.S. Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage: Bets?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Mar 28, 2013. 30 Replies

California Prop. 8 and DoMA have found their way before the Supreme Court of the United States. Seems like they'd rather avoid making a ruling altogether at the moment.I've been gleaming bits and…Continue

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kris feenstra commented on Ed's blog post 'Christian Assumptions'
"There still are a fair number of Canadians who think of our country as being a Christian country, but the reality is most people seem to be pretty apathetic toward organized religion, even if many still maintain some sense of religious affiliation.…"
Feb 16
kris feenstra replied to Melvinotis's discussion 'What would happen if humans grew up without a context.'
"Without language, I doubt they'd be a whole lot different from our closes relatives in terms of behaviour. I mean, not identical, but pretty similar. I mean, even with advanced technology and philosophy, at our core we're still pretty…"
Feb 16
kris feenstra replied to Melvinotis's discussion 'What would happen if humans grew up without a context.'
"Do they have language?"
Feb 15
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"Not to what I was saying. If people want to branch out to a different tangent, sure, go nuts, but Dr. Bob's and Unseen's comments were on topic. We weren't talking about consciousness, specifically, at the time. "
Feb 10
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"That's true. I mean, I only agreed with this comment because Strega threatened to taunt me relentlessly if I refused, so there you have it."
Feb 10
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"Yes, to a lesser degree for an infant. 'Mentally handicapped' is not really a useful term, but I'm going to say generally no. Why? Are you under the impression that the extent of my ethical considerations is "It doesn't…"
Feb 10
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"I feel maybe that is a bit too cruel to the foetuses."
Feb 6
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"In case you wanted something more specific regarding adoption: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-info/pregnancy/pregnant-now-what/adoption"
Feb 3
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"I'm not really sure what I can link beyond specific organizations. "Pro-choice" is more of a colloquial term with no official stance or representative body. At its core, however, it's about women having options. This largely…"
Feb 3
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choice_USA Choice USA advocates for these core reproductive and sexual rights and health issues: comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education accessible…"
Feb 3
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"Those are fairly conventional views under what is already called "pro-choice" though. I cannot speak to people's experiences with doctors and facilities providing abortion, and you can use whatever term you like, but for the most part…"
Feb 3
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"It's just a transparent maple leaf, part of the security features. No one is supposed to know we've been working on a way to set people's dna on fire, so they wouldn't have intentionally included that on the bill."
Feb 2
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"I wouldn't take it personally, even if you are finding frustrating if your message hasn't been interpreted quite right. People are very skeptical on this issue because certain pro-lifers have a history of insincere ploys to impede…"
Feb 2
kris feenstra replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Representing.....fetuses?'
"Isn't this sort of law just going to get overturned eventually? Or should the pregnant teenager turn it around and sue the foetus for damages? "
Feb 2
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
"Pain requires a certain degree of development in our nervous system. At some point in a pregnancy, development has progressed far enough we can say a foetus may be able to feel pain, but feeling pain and feeling suffering aren't the exact same…"
Feb 2
kris feenstra replied to Haugurma's discussion 'Prolife? Pro-choice? Me I am a new middle ground I call Pro-DECISION'
" Sure, but I don't really see where abortion conflicts with this. "
Feb 2

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25-30
Why are you here?
That's a good question, but I don't really know.

Most things in life are atheistic as far as I'm concerned. I don't need a god to enjoy a nice dinner, or to be a good person, to do my job, to scratch a cat's head (et cetera, ad nauseum), so I guess you could say that I appreciate a place where life and philosophy can exist without God being crudely tacked on to the end of everything.

Does that mean I'm not interested in talking about religion at all? No, religion is fascinating (even if sometimes aggravating), but civilized people should be able to hold discussions on the subject matter without relying on a theistic bias.
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Limericks/ Alliterations/ Nonsense

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 8:00pm 16 Comments

This morning, during my morning routine (shower, dress, walk to work, coffee), my mind kept spinning over silly wordplay. Below are the products of boredom and insufficient sleep.

There once was a very bright girl

Who thought she'd give free thought a whirl.

Now her faith slowly dies

As she sees all the lies

Of religion begin to unfurl.

I learned before my chest grew hair

Nature's beauty is without compare.

To explain it with magic

And…

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On Calling people 'Trolls'

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 2:30pm 10 Comments

Don't get me wrong, there are some cases where it does need to be said, but I feel people are too quick to level accusations of trolldom.  Furthermore, there is an assumption that because a troll thread continues, the troll was successful, but it doesn't work that way.  If the people in the thread are having fun, or are getting fulfillment out of the dialog the thread generates, it's not a very successful troll.  No one really fell for anything.

Outside of fair warning for others in…

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Austria: Pastafarian Headgear Recognized on Driver's License

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

source: BBC News  (pictures and full story)

 

An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear".



Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons.



Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his…

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An Unsurprising Riot, but it Still Gets Me Down.

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 5:00am 4 Comments

(for context, the Vancouver riot after the final Cup game last night)

 

I made the mistake of looking at pictures of the riot before it was time to go to bed. I should have known better, as I always take these things to heart. It's well past any hour where I can still form coherent thoughts. It challenges my faith in people that so many were so weak-willed that they were readily swept up in such hate-filled hysteria. Apparently, there are two 'sapiens' too many in Homo sapiens…

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At 7:08pm on August 8, 2013, Gregg R Thomas said…

No problem, I'm good with that.

At 7:45pm on June 4, 2013, Dave G said…
How's it going, Kris?
At 11:45pm on February 28, 2013, Richard Bohn said…

My apologies, re: "...your adherents...", I worded it wrong, only meant adherents of the atheist persuasion. Sorry :-) And thanks for your pleasant and reasoned reply...

At 5:15pm on February 28, 2013, Richard Bohn said…
I have been very respectful in my posts and I'm no more trying to advocate my argument than my hostile responders are. But I am not using words like 'deluded', 'dumb ass' etc. This site claims it is trying to change how atheists are viewed-- how about teaching your adherents some respect rather than warning me about something I am doing that all the rest are doing. Perhaps this notice is just the first step in getting am alternative perspective removed from the discussion.
At 9:30pm on August 4, 2012, Heather Spoonheim said…

Thank you for your patience and clear directives.  I will refrain from the direct pejoratives for some time and hope you will be patient enough to offer me another reminder should I fall back into my bad habits in the future.

At 9:37pm on August 3, 2012, John Siqueiros said…

Well, I can't figure out how to delete that blog post. There was a page showing one of my blogs and I thought I deleted it, but it turned out I deleted an earlier blog I did. So when I go back to editing my blogs, it doesn't show up for me to delete it.

If any moderator wants to delete it that's fine, no offense taken.


John

At 4:14pm on June 14, 2012, Unseen said…

Thanks for the update. I've been wondering if he had a carte blanche.

At 3:01pm on May 22, 2012, Trevor said…

Hi Kris

 

Thanks for pulling me up on this.  It is my opinion and I am not trying to wind people up.  I will be more careful with my tone.

 

Trevor

At 12:05am on March 13, 2012, joel said…

Thank you for notifying me.

At 11:45pm on February 18, 2012, Anthony Tignor said…

Hello Kris, I completely understand and thank you for your comment.

 
 
 

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