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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 Israel's discussion '...Christian here who wants to talk to athiests...'
"How do you thing you rate as a Christian compared to Christian Slater, Christian Bale, or Christian Doppler?"
kris feenstra replied to Israel's discussion 'Hi, I'm Israel'
"It's fine to discuss, but proselytizing is out of bounds. In your life, it's your decision to evangelize or not, but this site is a space where members can get away from that sort of thing. Please respect that."
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"Why would that matter? Almost no one who calls themselves 'gay' is implying that 100% (or even 51%) of their personhood is defined by homosexuality. The fact that I have German-Dutch heritage does not define more than a tenth of who I am,…"
Oct 14
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"What was his lifelong experience with his sexual orientation? For some people, it really is quite true that they were deeply fucked over for being queer to the point of persistent physical and emotional abuse at home, at school and/ or in their…"
Oct 14
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Should getting a college degree be treated as a form of national service?'
"The proposal is for Canada where education is only partially subsidized. If a person doesn't want that obligation, they would just default to the regular options for tuition payment, which is student loans from the government or private…"
Oct 14
kris feenstra replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is your "Personality Profile?"'
"INTP. Most people's results should fit reasonably well. MBTI doesn't really tell you who you are so much as you tell the type indicator who you are and it puts it into perspective. Obviously, it can't perfectly peg everyone, but the…"
Oct 13
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"What you're saying just doesn't pan out in practice. It's a nice thought, but it doesn't work. It's like making 'one-size-fits-all' clothing; seems like a great idea on paper, but the reality is that it will pretty…"
Oct 10
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"None of it really makes sense though. The grouping is base on convenience and aims rather than logical categorization."
Oct 10
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"I find it entertaining that you are so emphatic. I also don't include every conceivable letter in the initialism because it would go on forever, yet at the same time I am sympathetic to the fact that it is about including people who…"
Oct 10
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"You also have LGBTTQQIA2S, which is still not all encompassing. Nothing ever will be, and attempts to find a unified term don't seem to work out well. The terms queer and genderqueer are fine by me, but they offend many others. Some of those…"
Oct 10
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"Congrats on the upcoming nuptial. One of the biggest things changing people's minds seems to be actually knowing LGBT people. It's easy to dismiss things when they are just abstract notions or negative stereotypes, but when you actually…"
Oct 9
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Should getting a college degree be treated as a form of national service?'
"Possibly. If the contributions of the forty percent who make it outweigh the investment cost, then the investment seems decent enough. Perhaps it could be improved, but it's not necessarily bad. The sixty percent doesn't get a free ride.…"
Oct 9
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"Eh, maybe I misread your post and my comments were off the mark, but I'm just going to leave it up."
Oct 8
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"We are born with a gender at the level of our chromosomes, our sex organs, and our neurology. Usually all three align, but that isn't always the case. For transgender identity this is highly relevant. For sexual orientation, it may not be so…"
Oct 8
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"Yes, it should. It has been studied a fair bit, but there are still a lot of mysteries (to the best of my knowledge). I don't think we could make a case that it's biologically possible to be straight with our current level of knowledge,…"
Oct 8
kris feenstra replied to Ari's discussion 'Will LGBT People Be Absent In The Near Future?'
"With enough siblings, they pretty much do, though not every sibling has the exact same combination of genes, of course. For any gene, each parent can only have two different alleles. The most diverse case possible should ordinarily be four different…"
Oct 8

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Your Religious Status
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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