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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 Mo Trauen's discussion 'Does Atheistic Fanaticism Really Exist?'
"Probably here. The thread isn't all that long yet, and previous posters will get an email notification that there are responses in the thread again (unless they've switched that feature off)."
Tuesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penises vs eyeballs & teeth'
"For what?"
Tuesday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penises vs eyeballs & teeth'
"{quote] I'm willing to look at that data, and I will sign any petitions to health care providers to get administrators to look at the data. I'd champion the cause to reduce barriers and hardships thrust upon you as a condition of…"
Monday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penises vs eyeballs & teeth'
"I am not asking for special privilege. I don't live in Oregon, so I'm not asking for anything. I am giving a small part of the broader explanation on why Oregon might be giving this issue priority. It's a medical problem which is…"
Monday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penises vs eyeballs & teeth'
"Gender transition is affordable though. The incidence rate is so low that the cost has marginal impact when distributed across a broader population. We're talking single digit dollar values per person spread across a lifetime."
Monday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penises vs eyeballs & teeth'
"It doesn't. The source of dysphoria is feeling of misalignment. A trans person knows they are not physically the gender they feel they should be; that's the problem. There's no delusion there unless the feeling that they should…"
Monday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penises vs eyeballs & teeth'
"Hey, if any of the patients happen to be smokers, throw in a little extra hypnotism to get them to quit saving even more money to health care in the long run."
Sunday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penises vs eyeballs & teeth'
"I can only speak to general considerations rather than what Oregon should do. In a universal health care system, I may very well reach the same conclusion with possible exceptions for children in low income families. Cost of eye care is fairly low,…"
Sunday
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penises vs eyeballs & teeth'
"It is covered in many places. More people pursue the option once it becomes accessible to them, but I'm not aware of it having any real impact on the incidence of transgendered identity. The surgical procedures are not something you can get…"
Aug 16
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Penises vs eyeballs & teeth'
"Should they cover it? Probably. I'm going to break this post up into smaller responses though.  On an individual basis, SRS is likely going to be more expensive than your average person's dental and optometrical need; however,…"
Aug 16
kris feenstra commented on A. T. Heist's blog post 'Living in the Closet: It's Dark, Yes, But It's Also Warm and Cozy!'
"If you feel you are on the breaking point, it comes down to where your priorities lie. I can relate, not through atheism (hardly anyone seems to care about that here), but other experiences in my life; there often isn't a perfect win scenario.…"
Aug 15
kris feenstra commented on A. T. Heist's blog post 'Living in the Closet: It's Dark, Yes, But It's Also Warm and Cozy!'
"It's a big thing to some people. It isn't to others. That goes for sexuality and religious affiliation alike, I suppose."
Aug 13
kris feenstra replied to Cody Staub's discussion 'Counter-protesting the anti-choicers at Planned Parenthood'
"Depends. Would this happen near the common entrance for Planned Parenthood? I can't say for certain, but my impression of such protestors is that they aren't there to make a point; they are there to harass and shame people who may already…"
Aug 13
kris feenstra commented on A. T. Heist's blog post 'Living in the Closet: It's Dark, Yes, But It's Also Warm and Cozy!'
"If you aren't compromising your values, and you don't feel your quality of life is needlessly suffering for it, I don't think it really matters if you are in the closet about your beliefs or not. Hardly anyone shares everything about…"
Aug 13
kris feenstra replied to _Robert_'s discussion 'Darwin's captain'
"Add geology. Concepts from Charles Lyell and James Hutton helped shape the views of a young Darwin, who at the time was first and foremost a geologist himself. This would have been around the time of the voyage of the Beagle, when Darwin still held…"
Aug 8
kris feenstra replied to Michael Sizer-Watt's discussion 'I Keep Hearing That Women Doubt the Beauty of Their Vagina. Really?'
"There's also a new book coming out which I think helps keep a healthy and realistic perspective on vagina appearance.  (only nsfw if you're in a really prudish office, or perhaps work in a school or something like…"
Aug 7

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Atheist
Age
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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