Four Americans in Milan.
As an American traveling in a foreign country, the last thing you want to do is stand out like a sore thumb. Not only do you have a greater chance of getting sucked into tourist traps, but you're also a more obvious target for getting mugged or even kidnapped. So, are you aware of the things you do, say, and wear that make you look like the stereotypical tourist?
I've been talking to a lot of my religious friends who think that I am going through a "crisis of faith", even though I've been an atheist for years now, and I'm getting more than a little annoyed by it.
A crisis of faith implies that I am struggling, that I am depressed, that I, in some way, anguish to be wrong over the issue.
There are plenty of atheists who see their disbelief as problematic, and wish that they might be… Continue
Fractals are the base of all creation. They are the blueprint that our universe was built from. Why then, would it not be the most natural thing in the world that everything conceivable is related in such a way, that it resembles a fractal?
When you look at a fractal, it has near photo copies of itself embedded in itself. Sort of like DNA for us. But in a fractal, every copy has a copy of itself, slightly different, embedded inside. This goes on, and on, and on...
For some it's the feeling of being a part of something much bigger than themselves. For others it's making real connections in a world of business cards and e-mails. For a few, it's escaping from the rat race long enough to remember their human.
For me, it's all three. I've been an Army brat 2/3 of my life. I've never had any true, lasting friendships. I grew up a loner, only because making new friends every two years quickly became monotonous, and for a kid, there are more important… Continue
Added by Joe on December 11, 2008 at 10:36pm —
So I'm new here, yeah. Seems cool enough, and certainly a better place than MySpace. It's going to take me some time to get everything here the way I want it,.. so in the meantime enjoy my blog. It's not much,.. recently started,.. but I've decided to start putting my writings online, instead of a notebook not likely seen by anyone, ever. So here,.. just two for now,.. but there will be more.
I hope you have some say on it. Several have… Continue
I kinda fell into this site from one of my friends bc some how religion came up and well I am curious. I am not sure what I believe any more. I think all religious books are just stories but why do I have this energy over me that feels like I am doing something bad still? Or someone is looking over my shoulder like I am doing something wrong...when I know I really am not.
In short I am torn. I am not 100% sure I call myself atheist or am I? I definitely don't believe in gods or… Continue
The below is taken from a Wall Street Journal article on the upcoming Durban II conference.
"The draft declaration… goes after the West’s freedom of speech and antiterror laws under the guise of protecting religion (read: Islam) from “defamation.” The entire West will be in the dock for allegedly persecuting Muslims. “The most serious manifestations of defamation of religions are the increase in Islamophobia and the worsening of the… Continue
im writing a piece on atheism and I got presented with these questions. How does it impact our physical world? How has it changed of sense of perception or space? Is it a place where we can live or otherwise exist? What would the media landscape look like without it? How does it impact the natural world? What is the next logical evolution of it?
A corollary to atheism is materialism, in the philosophical sense. I don't believe there is anything supernatural in the universe. Although there are of course many things we don't understand, I don't think there is any reason in principle why we can not understand them.
In particular, I don't believe there is such a thing as a soul, or a mind separate from the body. Our selves and our consciousness are solely the result of chemical and… Continue
Just found this site via twitter and Sophies pic of a baby atheist dragon (so thanks Sophie).
I am an atheist and I have been for some time. I am a rational person and I find it very hard to discuss religion with people as I find myself dealing with agressive people. I try not to be confrontational or agressive myself but I often wonder are people getting angry with me as I represent their doubts and fears.
Do that see in me what they deep down know to be true.
When I discuss atheism with other people, which does not happen often, they sometimes bring up ethics. Some people even question how it is possible for an atheist to behave ethically. Of course, such a question implies that the questioner only acts ethically because they must, perhaps through fear of hell or a desire to look good for god. I doubt this is actually the case for most people.
It's true, of course, that atheism by itself does not address ethical questions. Nevertheless, I… Continue
It should be clear from my reasons for choosing to be an atheist that I have no interest in convincing other people to become atheists. I think people should choose to live in the universe which they prefer. I don't think that somebody who believes in god is wrong; they just follow a different faith. After all, many people who believe in different gods are able to live together comfortably, despite the clear contradictions between their faiths.
I think that most people have an opinion about the overall nature of the universe and about the role which humanity plays in the universe. (I've met people who don't, but I think they are a small minority.)
What I mean by this is that most people have some sort of answer to questions like
Why is there something rather than nothing?
Why are we here?
What happens to us after we die?
How can we tell right from wrong?
Many people are… Continue
Added by Sophie on December 6, 2008 at 10:49pm —
Atheism makes me happier for the simple reason that it means that I am responsible for my own choices in life.
I find the traditional Judeo-Christian god to be very paternalistic (hardly an original thought, I know). We can be good children and obey, or we can be bad children and rebel. We have no other choices, and we will never grow up—to god, we will always be children. Some people have told me that they find this to be comforting.… Continue
Added by Sophie on December 6, 2008 at 10:30pm —
Blaine Milam, and Jessica Carson are accused of having murdered their 13 month old child, in order to drive the demons out of her. This deranged, 18 year old couple should never be allowed to have children ever again, and should be kept away from society until the have been properly rehabilitated. The gruesome details of the story include blunt trauma, and over 20 human bites having been inflicted upon the child.
Exorcism is an all too often… Continue
This week we have witnessed the attempted creation of ANOTHER new branch of Christianity. The Episcopalians are splitting into a light and a heavy variety:
Conservative Episcopalians Vote to Create Alternative Branch
Conservatives from the Episcopal Church voted yesterday to form their own branch of Anglicanism in the United States and said they would seek new recognition in the worldwide church because of their growing disenchantment over the ordination… Continue
Added by Gina on December 5, 2008 at 1:00am —
Can it be so difficult to accept that fact that not everyone needs an omnipresent, vengeful father figure to make them be good? I find it depressing that Christians and other theists seem to be motivated to be good only by the idea that retribution will be visited upon them if they aren't kind and giving. What does that say about their true moral fiber? One more thing. If these people really possessed "Faith", they wouldn't be so offended by… Continue
Added by Kirstin on December 3, 2008 at 3:52pm —