(( 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 —
I was doing my normal morning rounds on the internet when i found this....
"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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Added by Samantha on February 16, 2009 at 11:30pm —
The size of the Universe...Fasinating.
Added by Roxy641 on February 16, 2009 at 11:22pm —
A direct message from Daves not home
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 —
DON'T PANIC!!! 25th May, 2009 is Towel Day.
Added by Roxy641 on February 16, 2009 at 4:37pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
read the title.
Added by Kira on February 14, 2009 at 5:08pm —
What is Valentine's Day to you?
A special day with your sweetheart? An excuse to wear red and pink? A chance to eat chocolate all day? A day to exchange gifts with the special people in your life? Just another Hallmark-Holiday?
For me personally it's a day to do something special for my sweetheart. I do also feel that it is a bit too… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 14, 2009 at 3:30pm —
There is far more to this world than taught in our schools, shown in the media, or proclaimed by the church and state. Most of mankind lives in a hypnotic trance, taking to be reality, what is instead, a twisted simulacrum.
A collective dream in which values are inverted, lies are taken as truth, and tyranny is accepted as security. They enjoy their ignorance and cling tightly to the misery that gives them identity.
Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that… Continue
Added by Aeon on February 14, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Again, I set a new mind in hand, sculptured like a work of art that I purposely destroy with pride. The Conquered jestures I portray and entone are that of your amnisty. The truth that lies before me steals the idea of existance and anima, yet my gnostic look upon life is that of an inward disapline that ends all joys of suprise. A conjured Primises of embeselment allows me the enjoyment of self-reprisel and a non-judgemental consious. Ha, the words I speak are not even interpreted correctly,… Continue
Added by Aeon on February 14, 2009 at 12:55pm —
Nights are long and I'm tired. I have things to do, yet there is nothing. Were has my dreams gone? Sleepless and spitefull to the undeserving. Where did I go wrong? The reflection I seek is now lost in his own world, not looking to be found.
Questions, yet no answers.
"Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I've killed a man, myself....and yet I feel no remorse. Am I wrong for felling like this?"
To repeat my same story over and over again never to be heard.… Continue
Added by Aeon on February 14, 2009 at 12:53pm —
Gleemful with a minor integrity, I have worked the world around me as a marionette with unseen strings of Blood and Fear. I've been the epicenter of self-destruction and self loathing, but I still exist in my same cycle of self-delusion. Plentiful with words of ignorance, I fill a void called "Life" within myself and look for nothing to guide me. No torch which to see my path through this dark tunnel that is this "Life". If you can find the level of reasoning that I exist under, you will find… Continue
Added by Aeon on February 14, 2009 at 12:50pm —
This is a song i wrote for my banda tempting suicide.
Follow in daddies footsteps, little princess.
Don't come crying when he pushes you into your endless depths, dead mistress.
And don't mistake your eyes for the sin you cry, I'm telling you this is….
Marionette let your strings come down.
Marionette be what I never found.
Marionette this is why you left it all for me… trying to be what I'll never see.
Carrying the weight of the… Continue
Added by Aeon on February 14, 2009 at 12:46pm —