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Objections to incest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Feb 6, 2013. 39 Replies

Hi All,    I allow my mind to wander sometimes (particularly on the bus) and somehow wound up thinking about incest. I get that it's wrong, The thought of being sexual with my brother is definitely…Continue

Tags: objections, incest

Minimum standard of humane living (discussion about welfare)

Started Feb 12, 2012 0 Replies

In Australia, our welfare payments for the unemployed are very low. A little over $400 per fortnight, about $16 per day after rent has been payed. A lot of Australians receiving this payment are…Continue

Tags: standard, living, welfare

Using religion to sanctify acts

Started Jan 5, 2012 0 Replies

While browsing for my morning news, I found the following link: …Continue

Tags: copyright, kopimi, FSM, religion, new

Interesting Math problem for Christians and Atheists alike

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lewal Sep 22, 2011. 63 Replies

According to the bible, God created Adam and Eve about 6000 years ago...Lets think about some maths:Two people multiplying to 6.5 billion in 6000 years. Ignoring the whole flood thing, how many…Continue

Tags: math, creation

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matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'A discussion about rape - being forced to marry after violence'
"Yes, but I have a hard time believing that is a common practice in any social groups. I guess the psychology of it just does not compute for me."
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'A discussion about rape - being forced to marry after violence'
"I think for the most part, this is their fight to have. All we can really do to help is be here, ready to support them with education and aid. "
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Last Man - A debate about environmental ethics'
"Is the tree able to reproduce asexually or at least without cross pollination? If not, then the species, much like our own, is doomed to extinction anyway. The man is just speeding up the timeline. This is an interesting question though. Part of me…"
Apr 12
matt.clerke replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"Good point Dr Bob. I think we identify ourselves as Atheists because religion seems so important to the religious. You are right, identifying ourselves first as something with more meaning than "doesn't believe in gods" would go a…"
Apr 8
matt.clerke replied to Dante's discussion 'Is WBC an elaborate prank?'
"Hi Dante, That is an interesting point. Poe's law comes to mind: To be honest, at least the WBC is preaching about their book more honestly than most other churches.... Yahweh really does appear to hate homosexuals (and eating shellfish, and…"
Mar 31
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Bitcoin, Threat or Menace?'
"You monster! using click-bait to gather people to your discussion! "
Mar 26
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Do we still believe in a robust freedom of speech?'
"I'm of the opinion that freedom of speech isn't there unless all speech is free. Unfortunately, this leaves the airwaves open to use by people spouting hate and thus potentially offending someone. I think a lot of people need to grow a…"
Mar 24
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Do we still believe in a robust freedom of speech?'
"Plenty of crime involves hate but isn't a "hate crime". I always thought it a bit unfair that some crime against certain group of people is treated as worse than the exact same crime against another group of people... considering the…"
Mar 24
matt.clerke commented on Mai's blog post 'Why Should Atheists Have to Show Respect For Religion?'
"Religion deserves the respect from atheists in the same way that the church of the flying spaghetti monster deserves respect from the religious. i.e. very little imo"
Mar 19
matt.clerke replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"So? Is that a bad thing? And anyway, an atheist is never just an atheist."
Mar 19
matt.clerke replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Rational approaches to banal problems.'
"What makes you think it would be 7 pieces? That's gonna cut it down to more like 4 pieces... totally reasonable imo."
Mar 18
matt.clerke replied to Simon Paynton's discussion '"The Four Tenets of Atheism"'
"As much as I agree with these principles... I would prefer we not link them to the word "atheist" And let the rest be taken into another label. "
Mar 17
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'The dismal future of gainful employment'
"An interesting question... I would counter by asking, what value do people have now? Ironically, it's very easy to answer... slaves are bought and sold for $1000US, probably alot less in less developed countries. In the grand scheme of things,…"
Mar 12
matt.clerke replied to ThyPlagueDoctor's discussion 'Christians Against Dinosaurs ... I wish I was joking'
"Aron Ra interviewed that lady for an hour before she rage quit. I found her thought process about this was very simplistic and she really needs to learn about what she's talking about before going to the press like this."
Feb 25
matt.clerke replied to Pope Beanie's discussion 'My Mamma taught me to avoid using the words "you" and "your" in discourse'
"Wouldn't that mean the words in question can, in fact, be used without causing offense? Perhaps it is the other things people say around them which is the problem?"
Feb 23
matt.clerke joined Belle Rose's group

Lobbying - it is SO easy!

Lobbying is simply a fancy word for participation. When most people think about "lobbying the government," or any entity such as the United Nations, most people who are unaware of their own rights would think that you have to already be in a position of power or influence to have your voice heard.This is actually very far from the truth.The truth of the matter is that elected officials WANT to hear from the people they serve. They want to know what the people want, but when no one speaks up,…See More
Feb 23

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Catholic church offends and disgusts me (news article response)

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 7:13pm 4 Comments

Hi All,

    I checked the news on this morning and found this article. In which the catholic church both offends and disgusts me.

I will start by explaining the latter. It makes the assumption that a woman needs a husband to be complete, and urges young women in Australia to marry quickly or they will miss out. Why, as a man,…


Another reason religion is a bad, bad, thing (like we needed another one)

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:21pm 3 Comments

Image being 15 years old, your parents have just sent you and your siblings to your aunt's house for christmas. Upon arrival, you are accused of being a sorcerer and tortured as such, and by christmas day, you have begged for the release and peace of death and are finally drowned.

I found the following link while browsing for my morning news: …


Grid computing

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 10:56pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

    I wanted to put up a post about grid or distributed computing. If there is a problem which can be solved by a computer, that's great. What happens when it would take a single computer a thousand years to compute the solution? The answer is to break the problem down into as many small pieces as possible and to compute them all at the same time! Now the problem for someone with a large problem set is no longer a lack of time to compute their final result, but a lack of…


Political compass

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 8:23pm 10 Comments

Hi all,

My (future) uncle-in-law showed me the other day and I thought it would be interesting to compare my place on the compass to that of other atheists. We might even be able to show, once and for all, that atheists really do have different views.


I took the test and ended up in the lower left region, somewhere near Ghandi and the Dalai Lama. Apparently this means I would prefer a somewhat economically communistic society with liberal social…


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Dr. Oz finally getting his due

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Books to read in 2015

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Skepticon (Or Other Atheist Type of Events)

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Another philosophical question...

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