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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 replied to Adam Weber's discussion 'Why Not Deism?'
"I would only object to the word 'explanation'. Deism holds no explanatory value as far as I know. By way of analogy, imagine you asked me how I took a particular photograph, and I replied, "Nikon". The answer is relevant to the…"
8 hours ago
kris feenstra replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Men raising kids'
"Hard to say. The earliest bonding experiences tend to lean toward women. Most mothers will have carried their child to term in their own bodies, and typically mothers take maternity leave, or at least the first chunk of it when two parents…"
kris feenstra replied to Ari E. S.'s discussion 'Does Anyone Else Suffer Interpretation Issues?'
"Everyone suffers interpretation issues, but not everyone suffers the same awareness of it.  I used to work for my friend's dad during summers. He'd get contracts for large apartment buildings and condos in which we'd redo the…"
kris feenstra commented on ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's blog post 'A planet without men (poem)'
" It's almost certainly true, statistically, amongst that class of people."
Apr 9
kris feenstra replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"I am also not in America. While we have both federal and provincial protections in place in Canada, the case in question comes down more to a private matter. While a Proposition 8 scenario cannot really happen here, the law doesn't govern the…"
Apr 8
kris feenstra replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"I half agree and half disagree. Disagree: While Jews suffered the worst targeted abuse from the Nazis, other groups were targeted along with them, imprisoned, experimented on, and killed. Incidentally, this includes gay men (though there were…"
Apr 8
kris feenstra commented on ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's blog post 'A planet without men (poem)'
"That's a weird way of putting it. It's not a competition, but yes, it's a very uncommon scenario and society generally has not done right by intersexed individuals. Once upon a time, even medical science held the belief that a…"
Apr 8
kris feenstra replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"I had opossum once. Tastes like alligator."
Apr 7
kris feenstra replied to Dr. Bob's discussion 'Brendan Eich Ouster'
"It depends on the nature of his contract and professional responsibilities. If it was simply a matter of the private views of an employee, then it really wouldn't be anyone's business as long as he conducted himself professionally.…"
Apr 7
kris feenstra commented on ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's blog post 'A planet without men (poem)'
"I appreciate that this overall post was going for objectivity, and that it doesn't seek to deny sexism in any form, but this particular paragraph is odd. The qualifier 'extreme' pretty much makes the rest redundant.…"
Apr 7
kris feenstra commented on ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's blog post 'A planet without men (poem)'
"No, none of that is why the poem was called sexist. Much of that wasn't even apparent in the poem. Perhaps as the author it's clear to you that it's all connected, but to the readers there'd be too much guess work to come to…"
Apr 7
kris feenstra commented on Robert Karp's blog post 'Girl spanked to death in the name of God - The Horrors of Religion'
"It isn't about good or bad in my eyes; it's about how human tendencies can be provoked, enabled, and manipulated. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki represent a very distilled example of inherently neutral scientific discovery which…"
Apr 7
kris feenstra replied to Micah Armstrong's discussion 'Leaving Think Atheist Sooner Than I Had Imagined'
"I DISAGREE COMPLETELY! Except for the parts where you said stuff about stuff. @Micah, I agree with Pope Beanie that there is diversity in views and approach on TA. If the site is bringing you down, I wouldn't judge you for leaving, but I would…"
Apr 4
kris feenstra replied to Randy Riggs's discussion 'Graphic Designer Ethical Dilemma'
"I'd say you have an ethical obligation to complete the work if you are able. With creative work, there is a complicating factor where intellectual property is concerned, but realistically, you aren't creating a personal message or…"
Apr 4
kris feenstra replied to Ari E. S.'s discussion 'Unmotivated, Depressed, Lost?'
"Not right now, but when I was your age, yes. At times I was paralyzed. If I had an assignment to do for school, I would have the entire thing completed in my head, yet I would sit in front of my computer, staring at a blank screen, unable to type.…"
Apr 4
kris feenstra commented on ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's blog post 'A planet without men (poem)'
"That wouldn't alter the sexism in the piece. The poem sets men as the root cause of the stated issues i plying women would not have presented the same problem. If there was some factual basis for this, that would be fine, but realistically,…"
Apr 4

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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



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…


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…


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.


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.



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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