February 2009 Blog Posts (125)

How to respond to requests to debate creationists

A professor at the University of Vermont, Nicholas Gotelli, got an invitation to debate one of the clowns at the Discovery Institute. Here's what they wrote.



Dear Professor Gotelli,



I saw your op-ed in the Burlington Free Press and appreciated your support of free speech at UVM. In light of that, I wonder if you would be open to finding a way to provide a campus forum for a debate about evolutionary science and intelligent design. The Discovery Institute, where I work, has… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 19, 2009 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Scientists delivers atomic smack down to Discovery Institute

Prof. Nicholas Gotelli, a scientist in the biology department of the University of Vermont has a wit sharp enough to cut yourself on.



He was solicited (yes solicited) by the Discovery Institute (A don't-think-tank of creationists masquerading as a serious research institute) to set up a debate at his campus. The admittedly… Continue

Added by Dave R on February 19, 2009 at 4:22am — No Comments

Bishop Richard Williamson to "review evidence"

So, our good friend Bp. Richard Williamson has agreed to review the evidence. I can only state just how relieved I am that the esteemed Bp. Williamson is reviewing the years of documented evidence collated by various historians to validated their findings. Arrogance and ignorance: You're doing it really, really well.

Added by Dave R on February 19, 2009 at 3:50am — No Comments

Sharia Law? Let's have a review for those of you who haven't seen this before:



1. Homosexuality is forbidden. Punishment is death by beheading.

2. Illegal Drugs are forbidden. Punishment is death by beheading.

3. Women are forbidden from attending school. Punishment is by the Mutuwa, caning, and send you back to your male leader.

4. Women are forbideen from committing adultery. Punishment is death by stoning.

5. If a woman is raped, she is guilty of committing adultery. See above.

6. Women are… Continue

Added by Sophie on February 18, 2009 at 4:27pm — 4 Comments

Six USA States Ban Atheists From Holding Office and Testifying as Witnesses in Court

Six states have passed a law banning atheists from holding any public office. The law also prevents atheists from testifying as witnesses in court. Here's a link to the article:

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/erbe/2009/02/17/arkansas-5-other-states-ban-atheists-from-public-service-seriously.html

This is absolute bull shit.

Added by Andrew the Fluffer on February 18, 2009 at 2:18pm — 6 Comments

How Should We Fill The Void?

Lucky Rabbit's Foot A few weeks back I posted a blog on how theists fear of the unknown is what causes them to oppose science. The author I pulled the source material from, Paddy Shannon, points out that reason and logic are pushing superstition out the window, but leaving behind an empty room. "What we need to do … is recognize the emotional vacuum this is creating, and strive to fill it, before… Continue

Added by Johnny on February 18, 2009 at 2:09pm — 3 Comments

That Instant Connection

I had kind of a cool experience yesterday.





I was sitting waiting for my physics discussion to start and I had brought Dawkins' "Unweaving the Rainbow" along to pass the time. From behind me I heard a voice "so...are you reading Dawkins for a class?" I turned around to the guy sitting in the row behind me, who looked like he had been a bit nervous to ask me. I replied, "no, just for fun. I like his stuff."



It was great the way his expression completely changed and he… Continue

Added by Sniz on February 18, 2009 at 1:39pm — 3 Comments

Either Or

(( A re-post of a blog entry I posted elsewhere a while back ))



Yesterday, a couple of co-workers were talking about current events, and one of them said ‘Well, there are two sides to every story, and I’ll listen to them both.’



This got me thinking of the assumptions inherent in such a statement, and the fallacies that can and often do appear in such discussions.



The first and most obvious potential fallacy is right in the statement itself. Two sides. Either-or.… Continue

Added by Dave G on February 18, 2009 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

Why we fight on

I was doing my normal morning rounds on the internet when i found this....





http://www.usnews.com/blogs/erbe/2009/02/17/arkansas-5-other-states-ban-atheists-from-public-service-seriously.html






"By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog.



Can it be constitutional to exclude from public service or service as a witness in…
Continue

Added by Mike on February 18, 2009 at 12:35pm — 1 Comment

speculating

It fascinates me to speak to religious people, in any shape or size, because I feel like I am missing the ability to believe in a god. I believe instead in the limits of human imagination ad attribute most of modern day speculation about the beginning of the universe to this limitation. We are creatures bound to this four dimensional world and we cannot think outside these four dimensions. Why is it impossible to picture infinity, timelessness, spacelessness, non-existence..? This weakness in… Continue

Added by M on February 18, 2009 at 9:07am — 3 Comments

Keeping my mouth shut

A few days ago, I went with a friend to a public lecture on global warming at the local university. I sat beside a friend of mine and rolled my neck a bit to stretch it out.



"Eww. Does your neck always do that?" She said, mildly in disgust.



"Do what?" I replied.



"Make that sound?" The sound she was referring to was the sound that my neck has made for years, best demonstrated by a sixteen-wheeler driving over bubble wrap.



"It has for a while now, why… Continue

Added by Jake on February 18, 2009 at 9:07am — 2 Comments

Atheism and Society

I am an atheist because it logically makes sense. I am an atheist because science matches it. I trust experiments that have been correctly conducted and are unbiased. I am an atheist because it is the only thing that gives me hope that a secular America (blasphemous, I know) would be full of sensible people. I am so tired of this religious shit. Religion is used to manipulate millions of young and old thoughts, dreams, hopes, and expectations. Religion is only a tool of control. Nothing more,… Continue

Added by Aurie Elizabeth on February 17, 2009 at 7:08pm — 5 Comments

Churchbot!

Churchbot! (sinfest)
http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2224

Added by Samantha on February 16, 2009 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

The Size of the Universe

The size of the Universe...Fasinating.
http://www.thinkatheist.com/video/size-of-the-universe

Added by Roxy641 on February 16, 2009 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Reaching out



A direct message from Daves not home to me.



I can only imagine that you're becoming increasingly inundated with mail of all kinds, from criticism and hate to props and suggestions of how to make this better. So I'm somewhat reluctant to put my note onto the "suggestion pile" but I have so many "atheist ambitions" that I feel I must say something.



A thought that… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 16, 2009 at 5:00pm — 13 Comments

Forthcoming event(s)

DON'T PANIC!!! 25th May, 2009 is Towel Day.

Added by Roxy641 on February 16, 2009 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Privacy: What its worth...

I received the following email yesterday:



Read my reply after it....



################################################################################################



This seems a bit far fetched, but I guess it's true…



Subject: FW: PLEASE READ BEFORE WATCHING the ATTACHMENT



READ BEFORE WATCHING -



Most see airport security as a pain. Some feel violated. When you watch this clip, you'll understand why they want your cell phone… Continue

Added by Darkstar on February 16, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

..it gives you hope? what are you hoping for?..

It strikes me as odd, the fact that so many people claim they need religion because it gives them hope.. it saves them from feeling alone. Is this such a horrible notion that you need to convince yourself of a divine being, supervising your every move? I have spent the last few hours going from feeling sad and alone, to being happy and appreciating the people i love.. I did not need a god to push me from one state of mind to another, nor did i fear being alone enough to run next door and wake… Continue

Added by M on February 16, 2009 at 1:21am — 1 Comment

Sounds of My Night

My mind spins ceaselessly 24/7. It's hard to focus. It's hard to think. Quite is what I need. Peace.

Silence will bring me peace.

I'm listening. What can I hear? Stop for a second. Think about nothing and just listen to the subtle noises of your surroundings.



I'm listening to the quite hum of my laptop. The subtle breathing of my 2 1/2 month old puppy.

The annoying rattle of my ceiling fan and the heavy rustling of damp leaves outside my window. They are so loud... the… Continue

Added by chiz on February 14, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

A thought

As I ended last post quoting Magnus Betnér's theory about American religiousness "I guess that's what happen when you don't have proper health care", I thought I should continue on that.



Maybe the reason Swedes don't care about religion is because we're paying so much taxes (I haven't find any official ranking but I've heard several statements that we are in the top-5 with our 40-ish %). Money that the government mainly wastes on less than ideal projects. So maybe that's why the… Continue

Added by Christoffer Andersson on February 14, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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