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We have received news of a very sad nature. Our long time member and friend Archaeopteryx has died. There is not much information available, nor is it necessary to delve into details, but he was…Continue

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A mother and father in Pakistani-administered Kashmir have been arrested for murdering their 15-year-old daughter by dousing her with acid "in the name of an honour", police say.The article on the…Continue

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Strega replied to Hunter Goodman's discussion 'God?'
"Incorrect. A theory is an explanation of observed facts. That the sun is hot, is a fact. Why it is hot, is a theory. Hope that helps"
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"The community is an atheist one, Pope. We tolerate religious people when they keep to the narrow framework of answering or debating their religion. However, there are many atheists under threat within their community or country who come here to…"
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"Every now and then, you come across a post you just feel like printing and framing. Go Mr Fronkey!"
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"Thanks Belle. I can understand how some circumstances may seem to be orchestrated by extraneous being(s). I have a problem with the 'therefore God' approach. I rather like the idea of fairies, but something that feels orchestrated (as I…"
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"Belle, how do you know it isn't fairies responsible for your experiences? What makes it more likely that it's a god?"
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"You don't have a reply to my question? It's fine to rail at abstract 'groups' but it doesn't get us anywhere."
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""the Muslim community". Can you explain who this is, and where they can be contacted?"
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"It's in the name. They used to be Possums but the continuous praying chanting (Oh Possom!) has been reflected in the moniker update, to where we are today :)"
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"Sort of like the American christians take ownership of the Westboro Baptists?"
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The Psychology of Prayer

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 11:56am 14 Comments

Before I start, let me emphasize this is opinion without source evidence other than general personal experience and you can dismiss it at will, although it would be nice to hear why you choose to do so.

We are faced with people of faith who claim their prayers work and they receive guidance from their deity. Further, it doesn't seem to matter how profound or minuscule the subject matter of the prayer - the claim remains that these prayers work.

Now we can easily refute… Continue


Posted on September 9, 2012 at 7:36pm 83 Comments

A while back, I had a long chat with my niece, trying to explain what I believe is the inevitability of events and the consequent contradiction of the concept of free will.  She puttered off and posted on her page/site/whatever, what was probably a two hour conversation condensed into a short explanation.  I post that here to give the benefit of brevity to anyone who is interested.



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At 3:59pm on March 9, 2017, Zombie Athiest said…

Why hello there :)

I find it so fascinating, to meet someone who was raised atheist. I mean like *how does that even happen!!!* I have the same expression when I come across rainbows, chocolate cookies and David Gandy...kinda too good to be true.

At 10:48am on January 13, 2017, Hamada Gadallah Abdelaziz said…

 i am Egyptian teacher in cairo. no one knows that i am non religious.i was accused of insulting  quran and Islam  at school  so i was punished severely  by depriving me of teaching and reducing my salary . i have no money to pay for the rent of my flat . so couldany one help me  in the name of humanity? myemailis

thank you for time and consideration

At 10:01am on January 13, 2017, Hamada Gadallah Abdelaziz said…

i was muslim. just now i have become  a human being.

At 11:42am on January 10, 2017, Mrs. Sander said…

Thanks for the welcome, Strega!

At 7:36pm on October 17, 2016, Daniel W. said…

Thank you.  Have a great day.

At 8:36pm on May 21, 2016, Gunay Kayahan said…

yes - I was uncertain - have changed it now to name

At 8:22pm on May 21, 2016, Gunay Kayahan said…

Thank you.

Just finding my feet in here right now.

At 3:08am on May 17, 2016, Muhammad Naeem said…

Thanks strega for your friendship

At 1:25pm on March 8, 2016, Michelle Sandall said…

Hi Strega, a fellow Brit I think :)

At 8:25am on January 19, 2016, Lizzy Mertens said…



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