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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 Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"Fanatics can be annoying, but they're fanatics. What do you expect? I am not a huge Pulp Fiction fan, but that entire film did an amazing job at capturing an aesthetic which really appealed to 90s culture. The cinematography and the script…"
21 hours ago
kris feenstra replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"i don't get why you'e asking if it's valid. My previous post implies rather heavily that I don't think it is. To hate those films or that they are considered great is a matter of your personal feelings, but how those films are…"
yesterday
kris feenstra replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"I hate it when people don't understand the difference between things they don't like and things which are overrated."
yesterday
kris feenstra replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"The only thing I hate more than motorists is cyclists. The only thing I hate more than cyclists is pedestrians. The only thing I hate more than pedestrians is motorists. Spandex... I feel nothing for spandex one way or the other."
yesterday
kris feenstra replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"I don't believe it would. Simply looking at it as pixel data, real world examples differ from the computer generated versions. They are trying to train machines to see the real world examples the way we do. Alternatively, they may be hoping to…"
Thursday
kris feenstra replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"I have heard (but not verified) that the blurry photo exists for a different reason: it exists to get human visual responses to help inform character recognition software."
Thursday
kris feenstra replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"What is it? Inconsequential. The 'x items or less' policy only exists to keep people considerate of the nature of the express aisle. You should respect the number posted, but it's quite comfortably assumed that a little leeway exists.…"
Thursday
kris feenstra commented on Nerdy Keith's video
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Anti-gay, and Anti-abortion Activist Arrested in Canada

"It's a bit confusing because there are federal laws and provincial laws which cover similar ground. Personally, I think it's redundant at this point and the federal law is sufficient  The laws are less strict than people realize, but…"
Thursday
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Anti-gay, and Anti-abortion Activist Arrested in Canada

"Whatcott had made headlines not so long ago for distributing hate propaganda. Unlike this instance, there were legitimate free speech issues in that case and the limits of provincial law were tested, but ultimately Whatcott lost in court. I kind of…"
Wednesday
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kris feenstra commented on Nerdy Keith's video
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Anti-gay, and Anti-abortion Activist Arrested in Canada

"Kind of typical. Dude tries to frame it as a free speech issue, but to the police officer it's just another mundane trespass charge."
Wednesday
kris feenstra replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"That would irk me for about thirty seconds, but after that I'd just start feeling thankful I suffer from neither her shortage of funds, nor her inability to do simply estimation and addition in her head. The tip off for me that many people…"
Wednesday
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…"
Tuesday
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…"
Apr 11
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…"
Apr 10
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

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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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