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"Everybody Is Wrong About God" - James A. Lindsay

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Bob Oct 2, 2015. 60 Replies

An author called James A. Lindsay has a new book out in December called "Everybody Is Wrong About God".…Continue

Tags: theism, atheism, book, god

If you woke up tomorrow...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Margolis Jun 24, 2015. 104 Replies

DISCLAIMER: This discussion is a thought experiment. I realise that God/Gods cannot be proved or disproved so please answer this discussion in the spirit in which it was raised. Atheists can…Continue

Tags: experiment, thought, existence, God

Is it possible to kill in the name of Atheism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Clouse Apr 9, 2015. 92 Replies

We have all heard the tired arguments trotted about by theists about how Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler killed people in the name of atheism. These are all wrong, of course, (debunked …Continue

Ear-piercing a baby

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Dec 20, 2014. 27 Replies

BTW: This is not just an atheist parenting issue but this was the closest category.My other half is Greek Orthodox and, apparently, part of the Greek culture (at least in Cyprus where her mother…Continue

Tags: Greek, piercing, ear, parenting

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Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'If it would save just one life'
"I think if we were all forced (say by some "benevolent" supreme being) to act in a way that absolutely minimised human casualties we would soon realise the virtue of risk. It would of course mean no cars, no sport, no drugs, no alcohol,…"
Jan 25
Simon Mathews and wudze are now friends
Jan 25
Simon Mathews replied to David Wheeler's discussion 'Atlantic article -- atheists at evangelical colleges'
"I am concerned about this gay-radiation-proof clothing. For me, it does not go far enough. Unless I'm wearing a balaclava there's still a chance someone could spray gay in my face. Even then, someone might gay-radiate into my eyeballs.…"
Jan 8
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Good movies with a religious theme?'
"Don't know if it counts but I enjoy The Fifth Element. It is not about any earthly religion but still has the same themes."
Dec 30, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Unreality of "Reality"'
"I take your point."
Dec 30, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Unreality of "Reality"'
"My favourite way we are fooled by "reality" is the blind spot in our eyes. Where the optic nerve leaves the eyeball is obviously a gap where we have no light receptors and cannot see. To see this in action there is a simple trick. On a…"
Dec 29, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"@Gregg, I'm aware that the machine is biased, in fact I specifically designed in that way for the example. The point of the machine was to demonstrate a blunt decision maker that is very insensitive to changes in input. Therefore I set the…"
Dec 23, 2015
Julia West left a comment for Simon Mathews
"Yeah, years ago I got through most of it. Getting lazy in my retirement :-) Once I answered my own questions I started living as if the whole world of philosophy, religion, and beliefs no longer existed. It's been peaceful. Not sure now whether…"
Dec 22, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Christmas reading list'
"I have ordered In Defence of Wonder - it's on its way. Looking forward to it."
Dec 22, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"This scenario from Unseen is an excellent way of thinking about this problem. If you reject dualism then when you roll back and replay the scenario with exactly the same conditions you must expect the same decision every time. I think a lot of…"
Dec 22, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"An interesting viewpoint. Perhaps one for another discussion? ;-)"
Dec 21, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"No"
Dec 21, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"Hi Davis, this is going on my Christmas list now :-)"
Dec 21, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"I like Harris' description of thoughts bubbling up or rising unbidden. A cursory glance of the neuroscience literature tells us that this is how our brains work. We tend to think of a few things going on in the brain outside of our control,…"
Dec 21, 2015
Simon Mathews replied to wudze's discussion 'Terminal family member mess.'
"Hi wudze, you're doing the right thing reaching out to people. No-one should have to face a situation like that without support. Feel free to vent whenever you like."
Dec 15, 2015
Simon Mathews and umar are now friends
Dec 11, 2015

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I am a non-religious person who is interested in the debates between religious and non-religious people, particularly those involving how to choose which religion is the "true" one.
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It's all Greek to me

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 4:14am 18 Comments

My fiance is Greek Orthodox and, understandably, she wants to get married in her Greek church. Unfortunately, the church will not allow it because I am not Greek Orthodox.

I am of the opinion they are shooting themselves in the foot here because, again understandably, this has upset my fiance and as a result she is now distancing herself from the church. Surely they would be better to allow the marriage which would result in my fiance and our children attending the church rather than…

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At 3:41pm on December 22, 2015, Julia West said…

Yeah, years ago I got through most of it. Getting lazy in my retirement :-) Once I answered my own questions I started living as if the whole world of philosophy, religion, and beliefs no longer existed. It's been peaceful. Not sure now whether I really want think that hard again. We shall see.

Thanks for the suggestion, always appreciated.

At 8:40am on November 27, 2014, Davis Goodman said…

We are now officially think atheist friends. You know this means you must have me over for a fancy dinner at least once a year right!? :)

 
 
 

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