July 2010 Blog Posts (106)

Non-local Consciousness

I want to thank everyone for their comments on my last post. I wish I could answer each one, but still unsure how everything works here.The main concern seems to be consciousness and whether it is local or non-local. Does the brain create consciousness or is consciousness a separate entity. In other word does the soul or spirit really exist.

Now near death experiences almost always begin with an out of body experience which if provable would show that brain and consciousness…

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Added by Lekatt on July 17, 2010 at 11:57am — 4 Comments

Flock Joins the Gulf Oil Relief Efforts

You've heard me rant about how clearly useless prayer is. This week CNN had an article about an Alabama church that used to hold summer services on the beach but was displaced by cleanup efforts.



This is interesting on several levels.





Clean-up efforts forced the congregation from the sandy beach up to a concrete pavilion, "partly due to the relief workers basically taking away our beach. We’re glad they are, but that is the situation," said the Rev. Lance Moore,…
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Added by Pesci on July 17, 2010 at 11:16am — 1 Comment

Praying for Hitchens











Christopher Hitchens is one of the few people in this world that I truly look up to. What makes me look up to him? Because he says that we should not have any idols or put anyone else in too high of regard. So in that sense I admire him for a quality that he possesses.



As you may know, last month my man Hitch announced that he had cancer. The cancer is in his esophagus and from everything I've read it has a relatively low survival rate because it is… Continue

Added by Pesci on July 17, 2010 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

What God?

Want to thank everyone for the kind wecome I have received, I truly appreciate it. Thought I would try to answer the question Adriana posited.

When I had my near death experience it was like I was plugged into the Universe and all its memories. I suddenly went from being the Janitor of the company with a Janitor's knowledge of how the company works to being the CEO with a CEO 's knowledge of the company. To say it was awesome is an understatement. All knowledge was available…

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Added by Lekatt on July 16, 2010 at 8:28am — 12 Comments

My Dog Passed Away...

So this week has been rough. Monday I took Buddy into the vet clinic to see what was wrong with him, and on Wednesday morning he died...Nothing makes you rethink your whole life like losing a loved one. I wish there was a heaven to see your old friends and family and pets, but then why would I cherish life? Well after 12 years of being my best friend, Buddy passed away July 14th, 2010 in the morning from "Immune Mediated Anemia" which means his own immune system has been killing his red-blood… Continue

Added by Jake W. Andrews on July 15, 2010 at 10:01pm — 10 Comments

Whats a Name, but a Symbol

Just feeling the waters. I use the name God a lot because if I use the names that best describe my feelings of a higher intelligence no one seems to understand. I would prefer to use the Oneness or All-That-Is. I don't really care what others believe in, or whether they are theists, deists, atheists, whatever. Yes, I have heard all the arguments from all the sides of this debate. I would just like to discuss the arguments in a civil, friendly atmosphere. I don't know if such a thing exists.…

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Added by Lekatt on July 15, 2010 at 4:24pm — 3 Comments

In The Middle

I feel strange posting on this blog because while I am not a believer in the Christian God I am not a true atheist either. I consider myself spiritual because of the near death experience I had over 20 years ago. I am sort of in the middle. When I post on religious message boards, they don't like me because I don't believe in their doctrine. I usually get called something with the word satan or devil in it. Then when I post on atheist blogs they believe I am delusional or at least misguided.… Continue

Added by Lekatt on July 15, 2010 at 12:52pm — 5 Comments

"Religious Prophecies and Confirmation Bias" from Atheist Climber blog



The definition of "prophecy" is this (according to "The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language"):

1.
a. An inspired utterance of a prophet, viewed as a…
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Added by Martin Pribble on July 14, 2010 at 7:43pm — 1 Comment

How theism has affected me.

Myself in prose:


My whole life I have been affected differently by hope, faith, and belief. I grew

up being indoctrinated with the values of Christianity and Catholicism. My

parents divorced when I was around 4 years old. My dad got weekend custody of

my sister and I. My dad was a Christian and my mom was a Catholic (I have no

idea what religious beliefs they hold now), neither of them would explain the

differences in their religions to me.… Continue

Added by Drew Shaw on July 13, 2010 at 3:19pm — 14 Comments

People in this world

SO on facebook i put posts that are controversial and so many of my "friends" on there get offended because i put that "Some people seem to love to turn to drinking when something bad happens. Pretty sad." So many people though that it was non of my business to them drinking, i do agree, but isnt a statue update on facebook what is one my mind? I believe it is. I dont get the big deal in putting my views on the world on facebook. So what i think this government is corrupt and that i dont… Continue

Added by Travis on July 13, 2010 at 1:37pm — 4 Comments

Sometimes, A Friend Surprises Me

I started playing hockey again and one of the highlights of this is that some old friends have also dusted off their skates and are shaking off years of rust with me. Of course, the icing on this cake is the trip to the bar after the game, picking up where we left off in our mid-twenties and having a good time with the help of cold beer. I have been friends with these people since before I identified with atheism, and probably back to when I identified as a Christian, although I was never a… Continue

Added by Reggie on July 12, 2010 at 8:02pm — 12 Comments

Woo! My home town....

Atheists of Florida to Sue City of Lakeland, Mayor



Published: Monday, July 12, 2010 at 11:22 a.m.

Last Modified: Monday, July 12, 2010 at 11:22 a.m.







LAKELAND | Atheists of Florida announced its intention this morning to file a federal lawsuit against the City of Lakeland, challenging its

practice of opening its meetings with…

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Added by Dan on July 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

No Dominion: The Lonely, Dangerous Fight Against Christian Supremacists Inside the Armed Forces

In his fight against British imperialism, Mahatma Gandhi described the life cycle of successful civil disobedience: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you

win." Mikey Weinstein, the 55-year-old founder of the Albuquerque, New

Mexico-based Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), likes to

quote it, knowing full well he's crossed the line into a…

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Added by CJoe on July 11, 2010 at 8:31pm — 3 Comments

"You are worth more than many sparrows" from Atheist Climber blog

from Atheist Climber blog


This is a very brief overview of why I am passionate about the atheist cause, why it is important in this day and age, and why I continue to write about it.


Our world is the only thing we have, and at this time we are destroying it relentlessly with our greed and self-righteous consumption, and by waging wars against each other, using up… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on July 11, 2010 at 7:53pm — 3 Comments

“Don’t be a dick”? Sometimes we need to…



I have no idea what Bad Astronomer Phil Plait said at TAM 8, I was not there, in fact I am on the other side of the world right now. But the news I got is that Phil was trying to put forward the position that being overtly aggressive when addressing any kind of wrongly… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on July 11, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

The true state of nature



The innate need for protection haunts every human being on a subconscious level . This persecution explains a few normal acts such as searching for friends who provide security , improve certain skills to assure social status and so on … However , this necessity induces the creation of numerous imaginary figures . Humans with a special connection to the gods , and another link to human kind .These figures are coupled…

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Added by John-Claude Eid on July 11, 2010 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Society and religion



How does an individual judge specific acts ? How does he or she decide that a certain situation is either beneficial or dreadful ? Where does society and its norms step in to indicate what is moral and immoral ? In the following , the controversy of the global society will be exposed , as will be a specific issue which varies significantly from a region to another : religion .…

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Added by John-Claude Eid on July 11, 2010 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 11JUL

Sunday Morning Service

11 JUL 2010



Links of Interest



You Say God Is Dead? There’s an App for That



Free Evolution Book Excerpts…



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Added by Johnny on July 11, 2010 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Oh! Cruel Blasphemy

A post from one of my blogs at:

http://bgsblogger.blogspot.com/





Oh! Cruel Blasphemy…





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Added by Geoff on July 10, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

When a general Facebook question goes oh so very wrong!

I recently posted a question on Facebook. I wanted to know if atheism is compatible with the principle of the Law of Attraction presented in the book "The Secret". I think they are but I wanted to know what they thought in FB land. I received the following response from a person I thought was my friend: "YOU GUYS NEED JESUS DON'T SEND ME ANY ATHEIST… Continue

Added by Therese Lee on July 9, 2010 at 3:06pm — 12 Comments

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