Why is it stupidity is so contemptible?
Seems like a rhetorical question, but stupid behavior and/or expression bring out our often animated contempt. To cool my own contempt, I tell myself, people have the right to be wrong. If that were not true, we could not learn, for that is exactly how we learn; by making mistakes, or watching others make them. But to elaborate more, I believe people have the right to be wrong AND must have the responsibility to live with the consequences,… Continue
Added by athnam on November 16, 2008 at 6:22pm —
While often thought of as a "Children's Story", this is far from it. Loaded with contradictions to what we have been told about God, this story raises some interesting questions.
Warning – this view might disturb some readers, but please read the full article to understand to context of the points being made before jumping to conclusion.
The well known story of Noah's Ark is often listed as a favorite, and often considered as… Continue
Added by Gina on November 16, 2008 at 12:02pm —
"The multiverse is no longer a model, it is a consequence of our models.”
~Aurelien Barrau, particle physicist at CERN
The Hollywood blockbuster, The Golden Compass, adapted from the first volume of Pullman's classic sci-fi trilogy, "His Dark Materials" portrays various universes as only one reality among many, but how realistic is this kind of classic sci-fi plot? While it hasn’t been proven yet, many highly respected and… Continue
Added by Christy on November 13, 2008 at 8:06pm —
Leonardo da Vinci was the ultimate multi-tasker: an accomplished scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. If you want to be a Renaissance Man (or Renaissance Woman), you can learn a lot from how Leonardo da Vinci lived and thought. Based on studying the life and work of this famous polymath anyone can emulate da Vinci with the following… Continue
Added by Kira on November 12, 2008 at 5:00pm —
Free science courses
are a great way to prepare for college or review what you have already learned. They also serve as a valuable resource for self-learners who want to increase their science knowledge without the standard out of pocket expense. There are a number of elite universities that offer free science courses online. Examples include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the… Continue
Added by Kira on November 12, 2008 at 12:23pm —
Atheists and agnostics are the only two groups of people in the US against whom discrimination is not only expected, but acceptable.
A black man may become president. A woman may become president. In short just about anybody may become president, but I guarantee that, in my lifetime, an person refuses to profess a faith in God will never achieve the nation's highest office.
As an atheist, I believe that a Muslim has a greater… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on November 10, 2008 at 8:30am —
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah's growing tourism industry and the star-studded Sundance Film Festival are being targeted for a boycott by bloggers, gay rights activists and others seeking to punish the Mormon church for its aggressive promotion of California's ban on gay marriage.
It could be a heavy price to pay. Tourism brings in $6 billion a year to Utah, with world-class skiing, a spectacular red rock country and the film festival founded by Robert Redford, among other popular tourist… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on November 8, 2008 at 7:00am —
A atheist friend brought this up and I thought I would share it. "Atheists need to come up with a fake religion and convince hundreds of thousands of people to join it. When we gain hundreds of religious members, we pull the curtain and let everyone that joined know that it was all made up, and show people how easy it is to be convinced to live a certain reality, even if that reality is not real. Just a thought."
Added by Morgan Matthew on November 6, 2008 at 8:00am —
This morning there was a knock at my door. When I answered the door I found a well-groomed, nicely dressed couple. The man spoke first.
John: "Hi! I'm John, and this is Mary."
Mary: "Hi! We're here to invite you to come kiss Hank's ass with us."
Me: "Pardon me?! What are you talking about? Who's Hank, and why would I want to kiss his ass?"
John: "If you kiss Hank's ass, he'll give you a million dollars; and if you don't, he'll kick the shit out of… Continue
Added by Atheist Ninja on November 5, 2008 at 3:38am —
The darkened day.
The time of midnight life.
A new universe creeps silently to the stage.
Another world to see.
Another life to live.
The sun is now the moon's shadow.
The white orb's reflection through a pool of black.
The creatures, fluid and fading in form.
This swift veil of drear fogs our virgin eyes.
A burst of light wakens the horizon.
A wave of sunny demise.
Another murder of the shadow… Continue
Added by Morticia on October 27, 2008 at 8:14pm —
I just used a Ouija (Talking) Board for the second time in my life, and for the second time of my life the Planchette (pointer) remained, regrettably, still. It's amazing how many horrible stories are apocryphally accepted. If a particle board with letters on it, accompanied by a plastic 'Planchette', could affect the spirit world, I'm so incredibly surprised, as should you be, that our modern science hasn't found a way. Maybe we should tell them about the Ouija. (The Mass Produced version ...… Continue
Added by Benji on October 27, 2008 at 4:29am —
1. Never ask a woman if she wants to have sex by asking her if she wants to have sex.
2. It is more important to have good health insurance than good health.
3. Don't bluff more than once in a poker game with friends.
4. When one of the big bosses at work unexpectedly says something really cheery and friendly to you, he means absolutely nothing by it. Not even if he's your father.
5. Wear as much black as you can. It makes you look slimmer and cooler.… Continue
Added by Kate on October 26, 2008 at 1:54am —
Due to a minor infraction at MySpace.com (ie. being an atheist and speaking out,) my account was deleted. I opened another account, just to keep in touch with old friends, and marked it 'private'.
So far only a few have accepted my friend request.
While this could be a coincidence, I can't help feeling that some of them just couldn't reconcile my beliefs .. or, non-beliefs. I was never critical of them directly, but I made quite a few anti-evangelical postings (usually… Continue
Added by Benji on October 23, 2008 at 12:12pm —
Atheist adverts declaring "there's probably no God" could be placed on buses across the country after a fundraising drive made five times the target amount in just one day.
Even religious groups donated money to the cause in the belief that the campaign, highlighted in The Daily Telegraph, would encourage people to think more about faith and could actually enhance support for Christianity.
Organisers needed to raise just £2,750 from supporters in order to pay for adverts… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on October 23, 2008 at 3:40am —
"YOU cannot overestimate," thundered psychiatrist Jeffrey Schwartz, "how threatened the scientific establishment is by the fact that it now looks like the materialist paradigm is genuinely breaking down. You're gonna hear a lot in the next calendar year about... how Darwin's explanation of how human intelligence arose is the only scientific way of doing it... I'm asking us as a world community to go out there and tell the scientific establishment, enough is enough! Materialism needs to start… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on October 23, 2008 at 2:58am —
Five steps to happiness
Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support
Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel good and maintain mobility and fitness
Noting the beauty of everyday moments as well as the unusual and reflecting on them helps you to appreciate what matters to… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on October 23, 2008 at 2:51am —
Originally considered a dud, an old volcano-in-a-bottle experiment designed to mimic the conditions that may have given rise to life may have been right on target.
After reanalyzing the results of unpublished research conducted by Stanley Miller in 1953, chemists realized that his experiment had actually produced a wealth of amino acids — the protein foundation of life.
Miller is famed for the results of experiments on amino… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on October 17, 2008 at 1:54am —
I used to nod wisely when people said: "Let's discuss issues rather than personalities." It seemed so obvious that in politics an issue was an issue and a personality was a personality, and that the more one could separate the two, the more serious one was. After all, in a debate on serious issues, any mention of the opponent's personality would be ad hominem at best and at worst would stoop as low as ad feminam.
At my old English… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on October 13, 2008 at 11:21pm —
Believers sometimes struggle to explain exactly how miracles work to we atheists. This is understandable. Explaining something that doesn't exist can be tough. Fortunately, I found two Christians who were at least willing to try amidst a sad story from Florida. Maybe we can learn something about miracles together.
The driver of a tractor-trailer, talking on his cell phone while driving like virtually every bad driver I see on the road these days (can you tell this is a pet peeve?),… Continue
Added by Don Fox on October 8, 2008 at 12:06pm —
Why do so many people believe in God?
St. Augustine thought he knew the answer.
“You have created us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”
But since the Darwinian revolution and the human genome project, biologists increasingly have suggested another answer: Natural selection and genetics have hard-wired us for religious belief.
After all, we attribute everything… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on October 7, 2008 at 7:29pm —