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Atheist definition... semantics...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gallup's Mirror Aug 26. 5 Replies

Semantics...How do you define words in conversation> Do you try and use words in conversation that the listener will understand? Do you use words that define the point you are trying to make in…Continue

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An absence of evidence is evidence of absence.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gallup's Mirror Feb 11, 2013. 2 Replies

I had a guy recently tell me this statement was false and I couldn't help but disagree. Thoughts?Maybe it's not evidence since it's something that's not there. But it should be considered as such if…Continue

On the subject of rational thinking! Conspiracy theorists!?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregg R Thomas Feb 11, 2013. 71 Replies

If you believe something is evidence... ask yourself is this really proof? Is this scientific proof? Would this hold up in court? Or is it just a photo that could be faked? An idea that could be…Continue

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The Nature of Existence - My Top 8 moments

Started this discussion. Last reply by dragotron Feb 7, 2013. 2 Replies

Loved this documentary! Here are my top moments from it...I especially loved what Ann Druyan and Irvin Kershner had to say (Irvin Kershner's bit here is short but awesome) I urge you to watch the…Continue

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Gallup's Mirror replied to dragotron's discussion 'Atheist definition... semantics...'
"A well-written letter that explains the blunder may help, assuming the lexicographer in question isn't a Jesus crackpot. A letter from a notable group, such as American Atheists or an author like Sam Harris, would be more convincing. You could…"
Aug 26
Tom Sarbeck replied to dragotron's discussion 'Atheist definition... semantics...'
"Check Stuart Firestein's book Ignorance: How It Drives Science. He says his emphasizing the lack of knowledge enthuses the kids in his high school classes."
Aug 26
Diane replied to dragotron's discussion 'Atheist definition... semantics...'
"I told one lady I was an atheist, and she said, "Atheists don't exist.  You are an un-believer."  I said something like, "Call me whatever you want.  I certainly do exist, and I don't believe in any…"
Aug 26
Jason Kristian Clark replied to dragotron's discussion 'Atheist definition... semantics...'
"Christians made up the word and gave it a definition. My question, to non believers, who call themselves "a-theists", is why continue calling yourself that word, and try to change the definition? Why not say, no, I'm not that, and…"
Aug 25
Belle Rose replied to dragotron's discussion 'Atheist definition... semantics...'
"RE: Do you try and use words in conversation that the listener will understand? I am assuming that you are discussing a conversation related to religion. I would say though that any conversation worth having should consider the comprehension level…"
Aug 20
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Atheist definition... semantics...

Semantics...How do you define words in conversation> Do you try and use words in conversation that the listener will understand? Do you use words that define the point you are trying to make in the dictionary? And which dictionary?Most atheists will tell you that atheism means a lack of belief in something. Myself included. But when you look in the first two dictionaries that I checked... it's defined as meaning; "Someone who BELIEVES god does not exist."Are there Christians working for…See More
Aug 19
David Smith replied to dragotron's discussion 'A new definition of death.'
""I think, therefore I am" -  René Descartes I don't think a person is 'dead' when their heart stops, but when their brain is unrecoverable"
Dec 11, 2013
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archaeopteryx replied to dragotron's discussion 'Do you believe in the soul?'
"That goes without saying, it's just implied."
Jul 26, 2013
Unseen replied to dragotron's discussion 'Do you believe in the soul?'
"Yes, if there was a soul, as a spirit it wouldn't be affected by body chemistry. After all, it isn't even effected by death, according to the believers."
Jul 26, 2013
Doug Reardon replied to dragotron's discussion 'Do you believe in the soul?'
"Have you ever been given sodium pentathol?  One instant I'm in the operating room, and the next instant I'm in recovery and 8 hours have passed.  Where was my soul during those 8 hours?  Nowhere!"
Jul 26, 2013
Unseen replied to dragotron's discussion 'Do you believe in the soul?'
"Does everything have to be about you? ;)"
Jul 26, 2013
archaeopteryx replied to dragotron's discussion 'Do you believe in the soul?'
"Picky?"
Jul 26, 2013
Unseen replied to dragotron's discussion 'Do you believe in the soul?'
"The only rational use of the term "soul" is as a synonym for "consciousness" might be rewritten to please picky people as 'The only rational use of the term "soul" in the context of this post is as a synonym for…"
Jul 26, 2013
archaeopteryx replied to dragotron's discussion 'Do you believe in the soul?'
"RE: "The only rational use of the term 'soul' is as a synonym for 'consciousness.'" - you're totally discounting hamhocks, greens and chitlin's? And Louie Armstrong? Get thee to a nunnery!"
Jul 26, 2013
Unseen replied to dragotron's discussion 'Do you believe in the soul?'
"You must be kidding. I think anyone who believes in a soul as a spirit distinct from and independent of the body can't be a very serious atheist because such a view is both illogical and without empirical basis. The only rational use of the…"
Jul 26, 2013

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Ridding ourselves of humanity's self centrality: The Importance of Inclusivity

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 2:11am 0 Comments

I'm going to go over a few instances of such and then explain why I think it's a problem.

It seems that one constant in humanity has been that we have always thought we were...special.

You and I, right now are living in a special time. It is the peak of human civilization. Many realize this and feel that ultimately something special is going to happen. Such as the 2012 predictions that the Mayans may or may not have made. Perhaps Jesus is coming back. Perhaps,…

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Semantics and Spiritual Atheists

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

I'd love to know ThinkAtheist's opinion on this topic...

The video linked below... entitled "My Spirituality as an Atheist" has gotten a lot of attention from atheists lately. And although I respect that he points out he doesn't believe in the supernatural and that he states he uses the word "spirituality" for a lack of a better word. I find the message to be misrepresentative or disingenuous. Let me explain why:

When arguing almost any point one of the biggest obstacles with…

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A Purpose for Life from the Commonalities of Life

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 4:46am 16 Comments

At one point in my life I realized I was agnostic but acknowledged I would still like some sort of guideline on how to live my life. In a sense of the word, a religion. However, I don't call it that.

I decided to look at commonalities of all biology and life on Earth and see if I could imagine a purpose from it. Being that I believe evolution, to me, ALL life on this planet is related. So we are all one. Much to the dismay of many humans. But…

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Why I think the "i'm spiritual not religious" statement is a bit of a copout.

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 7:06am 0 Comments

I don't believe in spirituality. In fact I dislike the word. The word spirit is in most intents and purposes synonymous with the word "soul".



To me the idea of "the soul" or "the spirit" is the cause of religion. A precursor to religion. All of the major four religions and most others are based on the idea of "passing on to another life". The afterlife. That's what they're selling.



The idea of the soul is the core of this. The fact that man fears most which he doesn't…

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