Humans are far from perfect, but generally aspire to perfection. This brings about much progress, but also much grief. Before aspiring to perfection, we must first imagine it, and then weigh its perceived benefits vs costs. And then there's often the question of who's the "we" that will reap the benefits or pay the costs.
Generally, the wider our notion of "we", the less of a zero-sum game we play, while the narrower "we" tends to work selfishly, with less regard for loss to others.…Continue
These did make me laugh you have to admire their simple logic:…Continue
Forever cursed is how I see organised religion. I call them corrupt or forever cursed, because that is exactly how I see them. They (the institutions) try to make amends by seeming to have mended their ways; but then somehow go back to their roots. Then you see them for what the really are, they…Continue
I grew up within Catholicism since the age of 6years during the 70's, my parents were not practicing religious folk, they were freethinking in all respects. Like all good parents they wanted to send me to the…Continue
In responding to a phone message left by a potential customer I called back to see what they wanted. We discussed what they were looking for and whether I could accommodate their woodworking request. Then there was this: "So what church do you go to?" I explained that I was not religious and therefore had no need to attend any church. They commented that they would leave a "pew" open for me.
Is it just ignorant southern U.S. fundamentalist Christians that make these assumptions about…Continue
Have you ever discovered a telescope eyepiece in the pocket of your pajamas? Have you ever measured your roof for a dome? Do you know how to pronounce Cassiopeia? If so, you may have wondered, "is there hope for…
For a moment I felt a pang of guilt. After getting into countless arguments about atheism not promoting a radical and hateful agenda there it was in black and white:
An Atheist killed 3 young Muslims over a parking spot.
What are we to do? Obviously our moral leaders should get together and condemn…Continue
I was recently diagnosed with stage III malignant Melanoma (it is in my lymph nodes) and yes it is difficult and of course I'm terrified that I might miss out on some amazing future events. The biggest problem I am having right now is dealing with people who want to "save" me and "pray" for me. I was actually told that without "god" I cannot be cured. I take solace in the fact that due to my belief system I live my life and fight to live rather than pray and hope for some imaginary…Continue
This has done an amazing job as best as anything can at giving us an idea of the emptiness of the solarsystem (universe).
What was new to me was seeing how quickly the terrestrial planets pass by.
"There is something in Stonehenge almost reassuring; and if you are disposed to feel that life is rather a superficial matter, and that we soon get to the bottom of things, the immemorial gray pillars may serve to remind you of the enormous background of time." ~ Henry James 1875 CE…
The old school definition of the planets was "Any of these seven celestial bodies, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, that shineth and wandereth about the starry heavens" or something like that. The specific language has been…
Little Rock, Ark. • Two Arkansas legislators said Wednesday it is inappropriate to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and the leader of the Confederate Army on the same day and proposed ending the state's decades-old tradition of honoring Robert E. Lee.
Arkansas is one of just three states to jointly celebrate King, the black civil-rights leader, and Lee, the white Confederate general, on the third Monday of January. Some have labeled the practice…Continue
Anembryonic gestation (also known as a blighted ovum) is a pregnancy in which the very early pregnancy appears normal on an ultrasound scan, but as the pregnancy progresses a visible embryo never develops or develops and is…
Why there are laws that protect spiritual and religious morons from abusing their children and letting them die...is beyond me. Canada and other Nordic countries and their false-liberalism often leaves me aghast.…Continue
I got married Thursday and it was the greatest thing to ever happen to me. However....we already had our first fight. Well, not so much a fight, just a confrontation. She thinks I drink too much. Now, granted I drink a lot but that's because it's really hard for me to get drunk. Even when intoxicated I'm very well coordinated (physically) and in control (mentally). But her father was a violent drunk. And the last thing I would ever want is for her to be scared of me like she was of that…Continue
Sometimes we can be surprised by the comments of an author when reading a book. I am currently reading a book first published in 1878 concerning the inner workings of a honeybee hive. The author, L.L. Langstroth, was one of the first individuals to propose using what is today the 'frame and box' method of housing honey bees; a movable comb hive, if you will.
In the book much discussion is presented about the impregnation of the queen and the ratio of drone to worker bee eggs that are…Continue
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I don't agree with everything in this article but it's an interesting read.Continue
I thought Reg would get a kick out of this:Continue