Capricornus the Seagoat
The name Capricornus has been shortened to Carpricorn by some folks. But that is a very recent thing, like only in the last hundred years maybe. Either way, it means Seagoat. And Seagoat is the oldest known name still in use for anything in the whole sky. People have been calling these stars the Seagoat for more than 7000…
With more and more business moving to the Internet (not all of those empty storefronts are due to the economy), it is becoming more and more important to be a smart shopper.
So, you’re about to order that whole bean coffee, book, or external hard drive off Amazon, Newegg, or eBay and you see what you want has 4.5 out of 5 stars. Is this good?
Well, it depends. Does it have 5 ratings or 500? The lower the number of ratings, the more likely they were put there by the seller or…Continue
"The universe is composed of matter, and, as a system, is sustained by motion. Motion is not a property of matter, and without this motion, the solar system could not exist. Were motion a property of matter, that undiscovered and undiscoverable thing called perpetual motion would establish itself.
"It is because motion is not a property of matter, that perpetual motion is an impossibility in the hand of every being but that of the Creator of…
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By Max Nisen | Business Insider
Talking about religion and politics can be dangerous among friends. It's doubly so for businesses.
That double-edged sword became crystal clear last year after Chick-fil-A's COO made comments about the chain's opposition to gay marriage. It…
Back in March I attended the exceptional annual Voltaire Lecture, hosted by the British Humanist Association. This particular talk - given by 'Canadian-born experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and popular science author' Steven Pinker (pictured left) and chaired by the wonderful…Continue
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Q&A 05/27/13 Religion, Marriage & Euthanasia
Q&A Interactive debate from Australia hosted by Tony Jones. The audience at home and in the studio ask questions and the panel do their best to answer them.
Lawrence Krauss - Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, Scientific educator and director of Origins Project at Arizona State University.
Gene Robinson - Openly…
By Donna L. Halper
Even the most skeptical among us have had this happen: A friend or relative forwards an e-mail from an organization with a safe-sounding name (“The Clean Air Initiative,” “The Center for Consumer Freedom”), but the e-mail is filled with scary assertions, usually of a political nature. If the Obama-care health bill is passed, Grandma will face a “death panel” that will decide if she lives or…Continue
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If I were to meet another me from an alternate universe where I'm raised a christian, would I have what it takes to convince that version of me that it's all interpretations lead by the ignorant to spread ignorance?
I honestly feel that if I were indoctrinated towards christianity as a child then I would most definitely be a christian today. Not only because I think it is literal brain washing but because I have yet to meet an atheist in the flesh. Everyone around me is a…Continue
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As I went to tidy up my old Sunday School Bookmarks I thought I would post a random selection of them from the last few years. Thanks Nelson for all the work you have put in to bringing us these weekly links.Continue
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Scorpius the Scorpion
In the scorpion we find lots of bright stars that make an obvious fish hook shape, especially when you ignore the claws that the Romans surgically shortened in order to make Libra. In fact some natives of the south pacific call this constellation "Maui's Hook." You see Maui is one of the gods in the lands down under. His…
…that he deemed that all are deserving of eternal torment. Look at the person on your left, your right, behind you, in the mirror. Picture them engulfed in the agony of never-ending fire. Picture yourself meeting that same fate.
What about your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, son, daughter, brother,…
Added by James on June 8, 2013 at 10:15pm — No Comments
I posted this yesterday on my Facebook page**; however I decided to post it here as well, in its entirety. I suspect that there are fellow atheists who find this to be an especially frustrating time because of the continuing fight over sanctioned prayer at high school graduations. At a minimum you may find yourself irritated and disgusted with this whole, ongoing, mess - such as the story of the Valedictorian in Pickens County, SC.
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Programming note: Roy…
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Ladies and Gentlemen, I've successfully secured a funky little space of my own in the city and proudly present my new lair.
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From time to time we will post the guidelines in a blog to make sure everyone has had a chance to read them.
We have just crossed 18000 members and that number continues to climb! Thank you all for your support and contributions!!
The Guidelines have been and can always be found above in the "ABOUT" tab, or by going to; …Continue
Added by Dan on June 6, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Sometimes I hear it said that I'm only an atheist because, "That's the easy thing to do." That people are non-believers because they are lazy. These people will claim that the faithful are the ones walking the hard road... That belief means that…Continue
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I always hear how your god has a plan, encompassing every person and everything in the entire universe. The Ultimate Perfect Plan (hey, it's gotta be ultimate and perfect if a god devised it, right?). So why would your god even consider altering its Ultimate Perfect Plan on the whims of a puny mortal human? Every shooting star, every bolt of lightning, every boon, every disaster, everything conceivable is part of this plan, yet you would ask to have your god toss its plan aside to…Continue