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History of Astronomy Part 2

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halley_thumb Edmund Halley 1656-1742

Among his many studies are tides, magnetism, and trade winds. He cataloged 341 southern hemisphere stars and discovered a star cluster in Centaurus. He also made the first complete observation of a…
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Added by Brad Snowder on March 30, 2014 at 12:21am — 3 Comments

Dear Old Friend, Goodbye

I so want to send this letter to a childhood friend of mine, but I probably won't. I want to stop taking her calls, but I've known her since I was 11. I'm still friends with her sister (we were like the Three Amigas at one point), but... I dunno. I'm just so over the facade. And I'm so over feeling so... invalidated. This girl has been through so much, and I tried to be there for her... but it has been ALL about her for so long, and not me at all. It's a toxic relationship,…

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Added by Cara Coleen on March 25, 2014 at 11:06pm — 12 Comments

History of Astronomy Part 1

evolved2 There have been thousands of science geeks contributing to astronomy over the centuries and millennia. Here are a mere handful that have been selected from some of the most significant figures. Some of these people are real icons of human history, big thinkers. As Isaac Newton once said "If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants."…

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Added by Brad Snowder on March 22, 2014 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Religion=Business

I'm from the Philippines, and I share the same view as you guys about religion, and this is something I like to share with y'all. As you may know, the Philippines is just a small developing Catholic country in Asia, you may even say that we're a third world country. With that in mind, most of the Filipinos are not that financially capable. While my family and I are having breakfast, they're watching Mass on TV like…
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Added by Jessica Arcega on March 22, 2014 at 6:55pm — 6 Comments

Human Rights...

Human Rights are not 'god given', if they were, we'd have a terrible time deciding what a human is. As an Atheist it's simple for me - all homo sapiens are human beings. No religion can change this! So, if you're reading this and are indeed of the homo genus, you are human; if you're not  -…

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Added by EMil Wentzel on March 22, 2014 at 11:23am — 3 Comments

Hate Monger Fred Phelps Dead.

Wesboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dies…

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Added by Dan on March 20, 2014 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

The problem with cherry-picking

I recently watched a youtube post from Hemant Mehta, who I absolutely love by the way, where he spoke about "9 things Atheists should stop saying".  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L9nuGVKdg0

It's a brilliant video and filled with lots of great tips. However, I had to take note with the point about calling Christians out on cherry-picking. Allow me to explain.

We have all accused believers…

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Added by Ray K on March 18, 2014 at 10:45pm — 6 Comments

Fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

― Genesis 2:17



If we interpret this sentence in a certain way, it tells us almost everything we need to know about personal morality.

We normally talk about the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Fruit = consequences.  

Good and Evil can be seen as Good and Bad ― Liking and…

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Added by Simon Paynton on March 18, 2014 at 7:56am — No Comments

Strassman's Biological Research on 'Religious Experience'

Many have no doubt heard of Dr. Rick Strassman's research into biological explanations for 'religious' experiences. Birth, puberty and death are the most predictable elevations of endogenous DMT.

The bright light, the out of body sensation and other experiences could be no more than predictable effects of the human pineal gland. Only the subconscious mind can handle this, and I'm a big fan of the idea that the conscious mind can handle this. Superstition may be the philosophical…

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Added by Andy Hoke on March 18, 2014 at 3:39am — No Comments

Youthful Skepticism

A very early memory of mine was the United States' Bicentennial, 1976. I remember feeling so good about this country. A few years later, another prominent memory was created - the Iranian Hostage Crisis.

I will not make a case for the US' installation of the Shah as being just. I will not make a case against Iranians wanting to pursue their own destiny with less Western influence. I will however ask you to consider and also consciously identify the concern that religious…

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Added by Andy Hoke on March 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Letter I May Never Have the Courage to Send Out

Dear Mom and Dad,

As you have known for years, I am an atheist. I'm not the strongly worded, well educated physicist that you imagine when you hear that term. I know less of stardust than the strongest voices of the movement.

I am not "angry at god" I am not "trying to justify a sinful life." I am as boring as I ever was, and my typical day has less to do with my lack of belief than trying to get my son to sit down and do his school work.

Do not take my lack of rage as a…

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Added by Carol Foley on March 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

The Good Works of the Church?

Any of us brought up unwillingly in a religious environment has always had to square our contempt for the church with its 'good works.' Doesn't this redeem its bad works, and don't these good works offset the ridiculous but well intentioned mythology? Since this is a decidedly and demonstrably positive characteristic of religion, shouldn't atheists recognize this positive aspect of religion?

 

I utterly disagree, and I'll share my argument with the first respondent to this…

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Added by Andy Hoke on March 16, 2014 at 3:13pm — 44 Comments

Galaxies

Not to scale. "The infinitude of creation is great enough to make a world, or a Milky Way of worlds, look in comparison with it what a flower or an insect does in comparison with the Earth." ~ Immanuel Kant



Galaxies are monstrous collections of stars, plus dust, gas, light matter, dark matter, and gray matter. In a fundamental way galaxies are…

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Added by Brad Snowder on March 15, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Constitution is an atheistic document.

This recent quote by former House Majority Leader Tom Delay shocked me.  “I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government,” DeLay told host Matthew Hagee, the executive pastor of the Texas Cornerstone Church. “[W]e stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution,…

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Added by Duane Smith on March 15, 2014 at 12:56pm — 11 Comments

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Science Deniers

Crooks and Liars embedded a video with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the place of science in our society. It’s a good interview.

I mention it here because he talks about the…

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Added by Everyday Freethought on March 10, 2014 at 11:59am — 3 Comments

The Atheist me - Spirit

The Latest - "The Atheist me" Comic

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Added by EMil Wentzel on March 9, 2014 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Cosmology

001 "The drum in a dream pounds loud to the dreamer." ~ Carl Sandburg



Anisotropy: This term is frequently used to describe the temperature fluctuations in the Cosmic Microwave Background. The word means not uniform, or not the same. Like if you dressed a calico cat with a plaid kilt then filled it with dark energy and exploded it for 13.76 billion years.



Belief:…

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Added by Brad Snowder on March 8, 2014 at 11:48pm — 3 Comments

God, Such a comedian !

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Added by RobertPiano on March 8, 2014 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Insecurity - a life long struggle

What causes a person to become insecure? I don't mean psycho-analytically. There are enough "self help" books out there to make anyone know that "yes, I should feel good about myself." But I really think real insecurity is so much deeper than that. And the cure isn't a checklist formatted to-do list, or a run through of facts reminding yourself of ALL your fabulous qualities. If it were that easy no one would be insecure would they?



Religion doesn't help of course. It only adds fuel… Continue

Added by Belle Rose on March 8, 2014 at 2:23am — No Comments

What’s a Physeter? A post about metaphors and prophecy

This is a post about finding meaning. Also crossposted at thephyseter.wordpress.com.

Why do I call myself The Physeter online? My internet moniker is the name of a beautiful and majestic creature:

The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), or cachalot, is the largest of the…

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Added by Physeter on March 5, 2014 at 9:06pm — 9 Comments

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