September 2011 Blog Posts (134)

The Inflationary Universe and Fine Tuning

In the "Origin of the Universe" thread, Angelo made some claims about cosmology and fine tuning. I want to respond to those comments here, because it is a good example of how further understanding sometimes removes the need for "fine tuning."

 

Back in the 1970s, when I was a mere undergrad, the Big Bang Model (BB) of the…

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Added by Robert Oerter on September 30, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments

I'd Like to Know If Other Atheists Believe in Anything Supernatural

Being an atheist, I never accepted the concept of a God, someone who could somehow know every thought and every deed done by several billion people at any given time. Someone with the kind of power and knowledge that this so-called God possesses would not just sit idly by and expect people to follow him with no proof of his existence. How anyone can even think this makes any sense just boggles my mind.

 

However, I do believe in ghosts, spirits, whatever you want to call them.…

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Added by Trish E. Harmon on September 30, 2011 at 5:07am — 140 Comments

America's secular revival - Good Signs for Secularism!

In the following article from Salon.com called "America's Secular Revival", five points are made that indicate a growth in secularism and a decline in religion. I've noticed articles like this in Salon and other media outlets like the Washington Post are on the rise and I think it's awesome!!! The word is spreading, reason and critical thought are finally emerging!

 

The full article can be read…

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Added by Robert Karp on September 29, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Elections

I will freely admit that I wouldn't vote for Obama again, if I had any other choice, but I fear the republican alternatives are much worse, and to vote for a third party candidate would be spitting into the wind.  My question for the conservatives on TA is: would you really vote for Perry or Bachman if they are nominated, and why?

Added by Doug Reardon on September 28, 2011 at 6:38pm — 3 Comments

Sunk Cost and the God Hypothesis

I recognized this concept long before I knew what it was called. A sunk cost is actually a kind of logical fallacy. Simply stated, the cost of a thing does not dictate the value of a thing.

Consider an example. I am a millionaire and have invested $20 million to build a power plant. At this juncture, it will cost another $10 million to complete. However, during the time we've spent building the current facility, new and more cost effective designs have been developed such that it…

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Added by Nathaniel Summers on September 28, 2011 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment

Pascal's Wager

Original Statement

Even science believes that in the beginning there was nothing and then came the biggest bang in history. Einstein said: 'Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind'. Personally, I'm with Pascal - though I am not betting on it.



Some Thoughts

1. Science believes there was something from nothing

Okay, this does get banded about allot, but sadly it's not totally true. Science can take us back to a…

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Added by Andrew Carrington on September 28, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Not RELIGIOUS...

What do people mean by this?

Why is it okay to say I Believe In Jesus. I Believe In God. But I Am Not Religious. ?

How does that makes things okay?

Do they not read the Bible?

Do they not go to Church?

What do people mean by not being Religious, yet having faith in the God of the Holy Bible?

Added by Horacio Martinez on September 28, 2011 at 12:43am — 8 Comments

The Origin of the Universe

So one of our beloved trolls on TA has actually been asking some important questions. I asked myself the same questions once and my answers led me to becoming an atheist. So I'm posting the reason behind my strong atheism as well as my response to some of his more significant questions.



The origin of the universe



The more research you read and the more deductive reasoning you are exposed to, the more it appears that every complex structure originated though…

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Added by Dylan Sloboda on September 27, 2011 at 10:42pm — 92 Comments

Faith - Escapism of the Masses

Faith: a belief that is not based on proof



All religions, if they are completely honest, come down to faith. We can safely set aside all of the arguments that the atheist / theist debates often raise, while these are important they seldom have the ability to remove ones faith. The reason for this is simple; the religious will often throw themselves onto the sword of faith regardless…

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Added by Andrew Carrington on September 27, 2011 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Out of the Mouths of Babes

My four-year-old is in a Christian Montessori preschool. I had concerns about this choice of school, but having met the staff and talked to them about their approach to religion, agreed to it. They don't do indoctrination; they talk about the parables of Jesus and try to draw out the kids on what they think they mean. Also, the school has a wonderful approach to conflict resolution: seeing a 10-year old boy bring a "peace rose" to a classmate almost brought tears to my eyes when I thought…

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Added by Robert Oerter on September 27, 2011 at 3:25pm — 3 Comments

A very stupid thought exercize.

Okay, so one of the Christian things is being grateful because "ONLY JESUS WAS WILLING TO DIE FOR OUR SINS!"

With it is tied a bunch of stupid shit about our immortal souls being saved, yadda yadda... you know the drill.

I think that Christians wouldn't die for the sins of everyone, even if doing so meant eternal happy life. So there is that bit of relief that their buddy Jesus took care of that shit for them.

So I postulate this question to you very sympathetic and…

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Added by Carol Foley on September 27, 2011 at 7:30am — 6 Comments

the solution human

beware of s/he who tells you that they have

THE ANSWER---

something that we all haven’t seen before

something that we are told by them that we haven’t thought of on our own before

because anyone vain & self-righteous enough who thinks that they can stand atop a hill

or

scream from a podium

solutions & decisions

to the rest of us,

as if we were all just part of their little herd

waiting on their every…

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Added by delapruch on September 27, 2011 at 5:11am — No Comments

The Masochist's Wager

This is my counter to Pascal's wager. Sure the Atheist's wager would suffice, but I find this to be a bit more fun. It helps point out the true absurdity of Pascal's wager.

  1. There are many different religions. Many of which are mutually exclusive. Many of which contain their own hell(s). It is also possible that all of these religions are false and we are all going to hell.
  2. Without being able to…
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Added by Nathaniel Summers on September 27, 2011 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

I don't see what the problem is

I think matter has always existed and will always continue to exist.  But even if it hadn't, that doesn't then give us a reason to believe that some being created matter. Who created the being?  What if that supposed "being" is actually random luck over quite literally an unfathomable number of years? 

 

I tend to believe the Big Bang Theory i.e. all matter was previously compressed into a singularity, which then exploded.  But I also believe that before our Big Bang, there was…

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Added by Tex in the City on September 26, 2011 at 11:21pm — 18 Comments

Why a football player might offer prayer after scoring a touchdown?

  • Maybe because he taught religion by parents since he was kid in bible studies, sunday school?
  • Maybe he went through very stressful times and he found it very comforting to believe in god?
  • Maybe he constantly taught in the church that being religious is a good thing?
  • Maybe he was taught in the church by the preacher who picked and choose only the good parts of the bible left out the mean and the voilent parts?
  • He has been working his tail off to get…
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Added by atheistrising on September 26, 2011 at 10:53pm — 2 Comments

Church as a Punishment?

Alabama Church Sentencing Option: azcentral.com



News like this shouldn't/doesn't surprise me when it comes rolling out on the red carpet but it does get my blood going. It goes without saying that news like this coming out of Alabama is all the less surprising.



Ready for a synopsis?



As of Oct. 1st, 2011 a city program will allow a city judge in…

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Added by Luke Townsley on September 26, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

666 & The Antichrist

What most Christians believe is that the Antichrist is supposed to be a political/religious leader of our times, and once he shows up Jesus will (finally) return.

If they would study a little bit of history outside of the bible they would have figured out that the 666 man-beast lived and died many years ago, and of course Jesus didn't return.

But who was this personification of evil made man?

His name was Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, a roman…

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Added by Gabriela Menicucci on September 26, 2011 at 7:00pm — 15 Comments

What's the difference between Fire & Evolution?

So my wife is in the final semester of college and is student teaching this semester.  She is teaching a class of kindergartners and one of the lessons she has to cover is fire safety.  As she was going through her lessons (and thinking out loud) I thought to myself; It's acceptable to teach children of fire safety and how to retard potential damage by fire, but didn't God create fire?  Fire is the cornerstone of eternal turmoil that Christians believe in with their damnation in Hell, but it…

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Added by Grux on September 26, 2011 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Wage-price inflation spiral - or - How to really "Eat the Rich"

From the basement of amusing theories, I would dearly like to present one fun way to play with the economy. Time to spark a wage-price spiral!

The basic idea behind a wage-price spiral is that workers will respond to an expectation of higher prices by demanding increased wages. This in turn drives up prices which again drives up wages,rinse and repeat. It's a bit of an esoteric theory which isn't exactly…

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Added by Arcus on September 26, 2011 at 1:24pm — 4 Comments

The Pope, Evangelicals and the War Against Free Thought



   I was scanning the inter-webs and came across this article in The Washington Post's Faith section (Yes, I read the faith section quite often): Pope Seeks Protestant Allies to Combat…

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Added by Luke Townsley on September 25, 2011 at 8:36pm — 5 Comments

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