May 2011 Blog Posts (312)

New 3D Maps show the known universe in the greatest detail yet...

Received the following link from New Scientist today. I think it's hugely exciting that we have progressed this far with the ability to map a portion of our universe.

 

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2011/05/new-3d-map-shows-the-universe.html

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The most detailed view ever assembled of our universe is now… Continue

Added by Jon van Rooyen on May 26, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The End Only Happens like a MILLIONS Times

This is a totally cool website and a very useful one that shows just how many times people have and do and will predict "the end".

Added by Robert Karp on May 26, 2011 at 10:13am — 2 Comments

Why We Need To Be Vocal In The Fight Against School Vouchers

Roughly 80 percent of about 100 voucher schools in Milwaukee are religious.  - This is from the following article from Madison.com and my guess would be this is true on a national scale. We need to fight against this.  The article is as follows:

 

Annie Laurie Gaylor: Voucher school proposal would rob public schools to subsidize religious…

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Added by Robert Karp on May 26, 2011 at 9:24am — 3 Comments

What Happened to Aristotle's Mum ?

So what happened to Aristotle's mum upon her death, if she did not believe in the "one true god" of the middle eastern religions, because they had not been made up at the time

Aristotle, for those that don't know, is thought of as one of the great philosophers of all time  and therefore he had a big impact on the shaping of the modern world. Likewise, his mum should get a special mention as the woman that bore and raised him.

And what about all the other Ancient Greeks,…

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Added by Shane Harris on May 26, 2011 at 8:45am — 4 Comments

Organized Religion is Organized Crime

Let's take a look at what these two seemingly polar opposite groups have in common.



1) The community pays dues. if dues aren't paid, Guido comes for your thumbs

2) Each provide a false sense of security

3) You don't ask questions; both prefer ignorance or a blind eye

4) Both endorse the eradication of any threat to their organization



Every Sunday, ushers in the church pass around collection plates to allow parishioners to give their tidings. This money is… Continue

Added by Grux on May 26, 2011 at 2:13am — 1 Comment

My first

I know its a little late but i just realized the rapture doesn't actually make people disappear. In reality it just makes brainwashed idiots appear.

Added by Dan Nolan on May 26, 2011 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Theisits who use sience to disprove the "rapture" but not the bible...

Obviously the end of the world did not occur on the 21st, but of course some of those people who believe and follow Camping believe these tornadoes in the mid west are the start of the rapture and a volcano erupting... blah blah blah... But how are Christians using science to disprove this when they continue to ignore science when it comes to the bible?

 

How dare Christians who believe in the bible claim that the volcano erupting was due to plate tectonics and that tornadoes…

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Added by Erin M on May 25, 2011 at 8:50pm — 2 Comments

Ardent Atheist will call Harold Camping on the phone - We need your questions!

TODAY! May 25th, 2011

Our guests on Ardent Atheist are, Jim Turner, Craig Anton, Billy The Mime and Gilbert Gottfried! Tune in at 7pm PT right here: http://tinyurl.com/6jrbhvn

Emery has acquired the home phone number for Harold Camping, and we will be calling him from the show today.



Please post any and all of your questions, and we may read it on the air!

AND I'm going to be holding tonight's Ardent Atheist LIVE CHAT right here… Continue

Added by Heather Henderson on May 25, 2011 at 7:00pm — 11 Comments

Good Luck!!

Robert wrote this in chat this morning, and in the context, I know he was trying to encourage Heather as she headed out to an interview today. As I thought about it, I wondered if we really think about the things we say out of habit or out of a thoughtlessness borne out of tradition or good gestures, such as saying "bless you" when someone sneezes.

We say things like that without understanding the meaning or the origins of it and it seems an acceptable way to communicate our well…

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Added by james d on May 25, 2011 at 2:51pm — 3 Comments

Socrates v. Jesus: Why Jesus' Historical Existence is more important than Socrates

I often refer to Jesus as a quasi-historical figure, a statement which drives the Christians I know into fits of apoplexy. Jerry the Evangelical Neighbor likes to fall back on the most tired of all the basic refutations.

 

“There is less proof for the existence of Socrates or Plato than of Jesus.” He once responded to a Facebook post of mine.

 

I don’t know that to necessarily be a fact. I rather doubt he does either. At least I was a philosophy major in college;…

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Added by Ezra T. Klatt on May 25, 2011 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

My take on Camping & the Rapture

This originally appeared on: http://matthewfunti.me 

 

Fear-monger, religious charlatan and all-around crackpot Harold Camping has finally emerged from whatever cubbyhole he's been hiding in since his ridiculous prediction of the world's demise failed to come true. The much ballyhooed day of reckoning came and went like any other Saturday, without the realization of apocalyptic earthquakes and Christian prophecy. Even the most brainwashed of…

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Added by Matthew Funtime on May 25, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Incident at Dunkin Donuts Averted

Date: Today

 

Time:  7am

 

Dunkin Donuts guy how are you?

Other Guy:  ALive, better than the alternative

I looked over at the other guy and yes, saw a HUGE cross on his neck. I was SOOOOOOO tempted to say, "actually you do want the alternative".

But no, I kept my comments to myself. In retrospect, I should've said something. If he wears his religion that blatantly to make sure I notice it, then I should've called him out on it.



I…

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Added by Robert Karp on May 25, 2011 at 9:10am — 26 Comments

Ahmadinejad Says Europe is Stealing Rain from Iran!!!! lolol

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Europe 'stealing Iran's rain'

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused Western countries of plotting to "cause drought" in Iran by using high tech equipment to drain the clouds of raindrops.…

President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the United Nations: Britain walks out of Iran's Ahmadinejad's anti-Semitic speech at UN
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Added by Sassan K. on May 25, 2011 at 1:27am — 25 Comments

The Scariest Thing I Have Ever Heard A Christian Say.

Okay, this is something I am certain others have heard the faith-fools say: "If there is no god, then I should just do whatever the hell I want right? If there is no consequence..."

You know the drill, people who feel that there must be an external source of morality in order for it to be legitimate, that deep down inside the only reason we know right from wrong is because some dusty scroll told us so.

This conversation is one I have had with everyone privy to my atheism, but…

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Added by Carol Foley on May 25, 2011 at 1:26am — 22 Comments

Favorite Harold camping quote

this  is my absolute favorite.

 

Harold Camping: "I'm not a genius, and I pray all the time for wisdom"

 

From the view of rationality he's basically saying: "I'm not very smart, and I don't do anything to change that"

 

 

It's from the BBC article found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13516796

Added by Kai on May 24, 2011 at 7:40pm — 1 Comment

FEAR

Fear is an important tool in the arsenal of the Religious.

With HELL being the main evidence that Fear is important in getting people to follow Religious rules.

But if someone BELIEVES simply out of fear, then is the belief really sincere?

Are they believing because they feel in their heart that this is the truth?

Or are they simply believing because they don't want to suffer in Hell for Eternity?

Another thing is the fear of being turned into an…

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Added by Horacio Martinez on May 24, 2011 at 6:02pm — No Comments

God's Delivery Plan

A modern retelling of the incredible way God gave his message to the world:



From the author-

I am the creator of the universe. I care deeply about humanity, and I wish for you all to live with me in my undetectable realm of perfection for all eternity. To gain access, all you need to do is follow the instructions in my new book.

It'll tell you all about me, and what I expect from you. My likes and dislikes, important historical…

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Added by Serotonin Wraith on May 24, 2011 at 5:05pm — 2 Comments

Pesky Icelanders

Yes, that is what they are. Pesky, pesky. First, they bankrupt their little…

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Added by Arcus on May 24, 2011 at 3:32pm — 2 Comments

may 24th (a few days after the rapture)

and so another end of the world has rolled on

by

and for those that stopped paying their bills,

who might have quit their jobs,

who spent all their money in the last couple of

weeks before the predicted day

a

sane

person

has

to

wonder

just what it must be like to believe in a fictional character who

never ceases to disappoint

when it comes to this blessed

revelation

to believe in a…

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Added by delapruch on May 24, 2011 at 3:14pm — 2 Comments

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