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"The Big Bang Theory": Televised mockery or homage to science?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave G Nov 10, 2011. 43 Replies

(First, I realize that the show is already in its fourth season.  But I didn't have a television for a long time and, consequently, have only recently discovered this sitcom.  So please bear with me…Continue

Tags: science, pop, culture, media, sitcom

The Last Day of Your Life: What would you do?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joli Nov 15, 2010. 107 Replies

Let's delve into the realm of apocalyptic hypotheticals!An asteroid (or meteor, whichever suits your sense of imagined doom) has been discovered on a direct collision course with Earth, ensuring…Continue

Tags: asteroid, cataclysm, day, final, apocalypse

When Ignorance is Dangerous: The Potentially Lethal Force of "Natural Healing"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shine May 21, 2010. 50 Replies

Someone very close to me has a rare, incurable, degenerative disease called Friedreich's Ataxia. It is an autosomal recessive genetic…Continue

Tags: diet, woo, pseudoscience, food, raw

Legality of Denying Religion?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Williams Apr 13, 2010. 16 Replies

I was just involved in a lengthy Facebook debate involving the presence of religion in the science classroom.  As I understood it, my debate partner was arguing that a teacher should not be able to…Continue

Tags: school, science, belief, teacher, public

The Death Penalty: A Case for Abolition

Started this discussion. Last reply by No name Nov 30, 2010. 104 Replies

(After posting a blog yesterday arguing against the death penalty, I realized that the forums would be a much easier venue for a debate to take place. …Continue

Tags: legal, system, judicial, crime, penalty

What is a "nonempirical" object?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shine Feb 19, 2010. 4 Replies

Today my Ethics class got out early, so I sat down to talk with some people in the student center lounge.  A classmate from my last semester's philosophy class said that he wants to formulate an…Continue

Tags: logic, debate, proof, supernatural, empiricism

Should money for scientific research be diverted to a humanitarian cause?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dustin Dec 19, 2010. 31 Replies

I was discussing science and religion with a family member last night, and our conversation drifted to the Large Hadron Collider. This family…Continue

Tags: research, money, humanitarian, lhc

Looking for Study Bible Recommendations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shine Jun 7, 2010. 28 Replies

As the title implies, I am looking to buy a study Bible. I used to have a copy of the Catholic Bible, but it was lost somewhere in the seventeen times that I have moved in the past few years. (I…Continue

Tags: bible, study

Larry David Pisses on Jesus and Infuriates Catholics

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Ross Mann Oct 28, 2009. 6 Replies

Sometimes I really wish that I owned a television!Larry David…Continue

Tags: offensive, urine, religion, Jesus, Larry

"As a Christian..."

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shine Feb 18, 2010. 53 Replies

Perhaps this will seem like an extended complaint. So be it. In the past few weeks, I have heard more statements prefaced by the title’s phrase than I care to tally. Regardless of the topic at hand,…Continue

Tags: offensive, argument, pathos, debate, Christianity


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At 12:22pm on March 14, 2011, M said…
That's funny...  I'm rather A-type when it comes to schoolwork, too.  I graduate in May.  It is looming!  I'm very excited.  How 'bout yourself? 
At 6:06pm on March 6, 2011, M said…
Where've you been, Shine?  Miss your comments...
At 11:38am on February 12, 2011, _7654_ said…
Sorry, your Hypatia quote just made my day :-)
At 1:25am on October 20, 2010, Hillary Spencer said…
for some reason when i post links it isnt going through but go to it on the front page
At 7:48am on October 12, 2010, Skycomet the Fallen Angel said…
I made this music video... I hope you like it!
At 9:26pm on September 29, 2010, M said…
Gunman on campus? Sheesh! How is school giong otherwise? Are you all settled in?
At 12:07am on September 17, 2010, Bill said…
Astronomy is the best. Latin is necessary...
At 1:27pm on September 12, 2010, V John Merc said…
I just started Latin this semester and I was playing around with my limited vocabulary.

I see, well, if you're studying latin, and my latin is just guess-based... I think yours are far more accurate, haha :)
At 11:44am on September 12, 2010, Diana Agorio said…
Thank you for the advice about posting reviews about my book. I probably will not post anymore reviews; but, the first reviews were very exciting for me.
At 7:41am on September 11, 2010, Seitan said…
For some reason Google translate does not translate Latin to English. I tried it last night.

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Quantum Dreams: From Philosophy to Physics and the Space in Between

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 2:30am 7 Comments

Hi, my name is Shine--for the purposes of delicious Internet anonymity--and I want to major in English with a minor in Physics.

Unfortunately, I am not sure if this combination is even available at my university; to be honest, I’m embarrassed to ask my advisor. “Hello,” I will say as my fingers uncontrollably fidget with an indeterminate angst, “may I please change my minor from philosophy to physics?”

Am I really prepared for the potential mix of hilarity and condemnation… Continue

A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing: The Illogical Atheism of S. E. Cupp

Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:30pm 12 Comments

Recently, political commentator S. E. Cupp has been popping up on various media outlets in order to promote her new book, Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. (She has been discussed here,… Continue

Angels Among Us

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 7:00pm 12 Comments

As a child, I believed that angels lived in the clouds above us. Remembered reverie calls to me now across the vast expanse of space and time as I am drawn to those hours spent lying on my back in green summer grass, riding in a car as an idle child passenger, or stretching my sight along the vast expanse of ocean to a distant place where the water meets those castles in the sky. Wherever my daydreams caught me, I would invariably find my mind seduced by the clouds. Even now, I still…

TSBOE Votes on Texan Curriculum Standards

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 9:30pm 8 Comments

Today, the Texas State Board of Education voted on curriculum standards of social studies for the Texan public school system. As I am sure most of you are aware, these standards will affect many other states as publishers will often tailor textbooks specifically to meet Texan requirements. This vote followed several days of debate as final amendments were proposed.

Cynthia Dunbar, one of the strongest voices for the SBOE's conservative voting block, decided that a nice, long… Continue

"Challenge the SBOE" Rally in Austin, Texas

Posted on May 16, 2010 at 11:30pm 12 Comments

Today was the "Challenge the SBOE Rally" at the Austin State Capitol. (See Johnny's recent blog post, Action Alert: Stop Religious Extremists, for more information.) I got a chance to meet a few ThinkAtheist members, SilveryLox and… Continue

The Unsubstantiated Decree: A Critique on Papal Condemnation of Abortion in the “Evangelium Vitae”

Posted on March 31, 2010 at 11:30pm 11 Comments

In 1995, Pope John Paul II wrote the “Evangelium Vitae,” a letter directed at the entirety of the Roman Catholic Church. The primary topic of this encyclical is the sanctity, value, and inviolability of human life. Along with discussions of murder and euthanasia, the Pope includes a lengthy section in which he condemns abortion as a “particularly serious and deplorable” crime against life (Hurley 23); he immediately lists abortion alongside infanticide with no justification for how… Continue

Drama from an Abandoned Blog

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 6:30pm 20 Comments

I started a blog last fall, Agnostic Innocence, which lately I have grown rather disenchanted with. To make a long story short, I started the blog specifically with the intent to better understand my own position on different topics; it was really an exercise in my own introspection that I published on the internet in order to force myself to adhere to the writing standards of the public sphere. At the time I began (and named) the blog, I was technically an atheist in that I did not… Continue

Hi, I'm a cherry-picker.

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 4:00pm 18 Comments

Warning: the following is a giant rant about Christians in a community college philosophy class in central Texas. If you are not in the mood to be mired in a massive pile of negativity, you may want to click your browser's back button.

I just got back from Ethics class, where the question of the day was, "Should same-sex marriage be allowed?" I wrote… Continue

The Death Penalty: A Case for Abolition

Posted on March 1, 2010 at 9:00pm 17 Comments

The death penalty is a brutal hangover from primitive legal systems and has no place in modern society. The United States stands alone among the world’s democracies in its use of capital punishment. This form of punishment has no place in a nation founded upon reason, justice, and liberty. Reason dictates that the death penalty can only further incite violence in this culture as legal authority condones retributive killing. Justice sees nothing valuable in a punishment… Continue

Is abortion murder?

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 3:31pm 56 Comments

Before answering this question, it is imperative to truly define murder. To me, “murder” is an intentional, malicious act which serves to terminate the biological functioning of an innocent individual. Of course, this definition then begs the question of what exactly constitutes an individual. Surely plants are not considered individuals, yet a coma patient is. I think that the easiest way to define an “individual person” is both the possession of an advanced central nervous system… Continue


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