Starring: Helix Nebula, Gliese 667, stellar cluster NGC 2467, R Coronae Austrinae, protostar HH34 (Orion), Chamaeleon I complex, Eagle Nebula, Lagoon Nebula, southern Milky Way band, Trifid Nebula, the first image of an exoplanet (2M1207 system).
The Very Large Telescope (VLT) is made up of four separate optical telescopes (the Antu telescope, the Kueyen telescope, the Melipal telescope, and the Yepun telescope)… Continue
This is truly a fascinating topic. While not directly related to atheism, i thought it was appropriate to bring it up in a forum of free thinkers...
There's a fascinating lecture by Albert Bartlett, a Colorado University Physics Professor, where he speaks of the coming oil crisis and makes it clear exactly how ill-equipped we are in dealing with it.
Don't worry. This post will not list and define the many types of logical fallacies that exist. I’m not expert enough for that and I’m too lazy to Google the research necessary. What I hope to do is describe some observations about logical fallacies garnered from blogs and forums from around the Internet.
Logical fallacies have a legitimate function in formal debate. If you can persuade your audience and win your point with an invalid argument, then good for you. You’re a clever dude… Continue
i just sent friend requests to all of the users that the user map shows to live in florida. such a small number! there are 20 members in the florida atheists/agnostics group, though. so that just leaves me thoroughly confused.
Of course the answer all depends on who you ask. With in religion itself you will find those who are completely against war and at the same time those who feel god has chosen them to do battle for his sake. There is a strange hypocrisy in religion. On one hand they preach peace, love and forgiveness and next minute they are reading scripture that tells them to kill all the people who don’t believe in their God. Stone all those who work on the Sabbath to death, murder… Continue
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly GLAST, will open this high-energy world to exploration and help us to answer these questions. With Fermi, astronomers will at long last have a superior tool to study how black holes, notorious for pulling matter in, can accelerate jets of gas outward at fantastic speeds.
Physicists will be able to study subatomic particles at energies far greater than those seen in ground-based particle accelerators. And… Continue
To be fair, this is essentially anecdotal evidence about the harm silly beliefs have. It isn't quite as scientific as statistics that show that over X years, vaccination rates dropped by Y, preventable diseases increased by Z, and autism rates changed by... nothing.
But, still, interesting to see the very real damage that irrationally based beliefs cause on actual people:
So where I live in Rock Springs, WY Scientologists attempted to build a vault nearby but didn't file for any permits. I work at the newspaper. Now a reporter is going to do a follow-up story. What drives me crazy is when Scientology is mocked, sometimes I just want to say all religions are just as crazy and unbelievable. Yeah Scientology may be more far fetched and more deadly and money sucking. But all religions are to a certain degree, just some more than others on your own subjective scale.
Today I received a message on Facebook from a friend that I knew in YWAM (she's French, so her English isn't perfect):
Girl !!! I've been thinking of you lately? How are you?? I remembered clearly the day in india when we preached and you found the courage to share what happened to you and how God was restoring you. I admired so much what you did that day !!! I've seen on your status that you were not so crazy about all of this anymore. And i wanted to share with you that…Continue
It looks likeCreation will finally be making its premier here in the U.S. I heard about this movie back in June, and was quite excited to see it. By September when it was premiering in Canada and the U.K., we saw that there was a some drummed up… Continue
This isn't a confliction that is tearing me apart by any means. I have a terrific relationship with my family, they all know I'm atheist...even though I never really have had a direct conversation. They never push their views on me. Everything works. But...
To set it up...My mother and sisters are Catholic. I went to church with them until I was 13, but I never believed.(I even tried out other churches after that..but still never believed). They've all gone their whole lives, but… Continue
Doesn't the idea of fundamentalist theist scientists scare you? I mean, it's undeniable that science makes the best weapons, and fundamentalist beliefs (religuos or political, doesn't matter) give the best reasons to use them.
When faced with a question like "why does anything exist", the atheist is likely to answer "i don't know", but the theist - "god did it". If you ask why did god do it, the will most likely answer that they don't know (god's ways are mysterious, bla bla bla). So… Continue
It's sometimes hard for me to put myself back in the mindset I had as a believer. For one thing I am ashamed that I believed what seems to be clearly nonsense. And, I did things, like bringing people to church, or children's liturgy, that in retrospect are too close to evangelising for comfort. I can't change the past, but at times I can't really imagine it either. It is like it happened to someone else. But that person was me, a backwards wishful thinking version of me.
Once a year NYC holds a interfaith breakfast assembling leaders of all religions to gather and discuss ways to reach out and improve the community. Today a positive change happened. Michael Bloomberg welcomed the NYC Atheists to the Interfaith Breakfast for the first time. “I also want to welcome, for the first time, those who don’t profess a faith but who do love our city,”
Jane Everhart, Director of Communication of NYC Atheists noted that they felt welcomed. As the Mayor welcomed… Continue
Today I was asked if anyone had ever told me that jesus loves me. i work in customer service & i'm on the phone with people all the time. so this man calls in & i help him as i do with every customer. well at the end of the call he asks me if anyone has told me jesus loves me. i laughed just to avoid it & ask him if there was anything else i could help him with before letting him go. he says, "yeah answer my question, do you know jesus loves you? are you a sister of jesus? because… Continue