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Creationists declare war over the brain

"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 — No Comments

Five steps to happiness

Five steps to happiness



Connect



Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support



Be active



Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel good and maintain mobility and fitness



Be curious



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 — 1 Comment

Forgotten Experiment May Explain Origins of Life



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After reanalyzing the results of unpublished research conducted by Stanley Miller in 1953, chemists realized that his experiment had actually produced a wealth of amino acids — the protein foundation of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 — 1 Comment

McCain lacks the character and temperament to be president. And Palin is simply a disgrace. By Christopher Hitchens



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 — 1 Comment

How Miracles Work - from the Atheist Revolution

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 — 5 Comments

Professor explores 'the God gene'



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 — No Comments

Atheist group sues Bush over National Day of Prayer



MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — The largest group of atheists and agnostics in the United States is suing President George W. Bush, the governor of Wisconsin and other officials over a federal law designating a National Day of Prayer.



The Freedom From Religion Foundation sued Friday in U.S. district court, arguing that the president's mandated proclamations calling on Americans to pray violates a constitutional ban on government officials… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on October 7, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Power of Unconscious Thought: Does It Result in Creative Problem-Solving?



No doubt many of us have all experienced a situation where, after long hours of trying to solve a certain problem, we give up, and go get a break, only to come back and solve the problem within moments. This appears to be a somewhat commonplace situation. However, the science behind it is much more complex.



According to the authors of the study – Professor Adam Galinsky of the Kellogg School of Management, Chen-Bo Zhong from the… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on October 5, 2008 at 5:57pm — No Comments

An oldie but a goodie

Last fall I went on a "LifeCrest VisionQuest", which included a stop-over in Groom, TX.



Eek.



Here, some "fellow travelers" (although far more faithful than I) asked me to take their picture in front of the 20-story cross at the foot of the stairs. I said, "Only if I can video tape it and post it on YouTube." They said,… Continue

Added by Paul Tourville on October 1, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

How to Persuade People With Subconscious Techniques



Persuasiveness is one of the most important skills anyone can learn because it is useful in countless situations.At work, at home, and in your social life, the ability to be persuasive and influence others can be instrumental for achieving goals and being happy.



Learning about the tricks of persuasion can also give you insight into when they're being used on you. The biggest benefit of this is that money will stay in your pocket as you… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 30, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Another poem.

Resound False Faith for Adoration





Resound false faith for adoration,

And live in love precautions be;

To be the farthest from your eyes,

Then pierce the heart of times so passed,

With life; constant pain and end of days.

Hold to your chest the notions of a waining lover,

Far from past and concealed concept.

Let die, in rest, the tale of old,

And, therein, desist the lore of spirits.

Wrench forth the suffered sanction of… Continue

Added by Morticia on September 29, 2008 at 5:42pm — 1 Comment

A poem for your thoughts.

Oh, zombified youth!

Our life, our love, our being.

The steps and stages of standards,

Set by faceless overseers.

In truth, beauty has never been in the true eyes of the beholder.

The invisible forms replace all eyes with that of their own.

This land of fashionable sorrow!

Plastic surgery is beauty where love is age.

All the true and wonderful held down by robotic hearts and gauged affection.

Only the dronish live oblivious to the orderly… Continue

Added by Morticia on September 29, 2008 at 1:18am — 2 Comments

Clarity is but an illusion.

There is always a weakening sense when one realizes the presence of love. An absolute flush of cold enters the very deepest part of ones body and soul. Taking over any form or matter of light and dark, judgment and consequence. All blur into a pool of horrid wonder that is indescribable even to those who are experiencing the whirlpool of cupid's scheme. The most befuddling effect is the inability to reason or explain the marvel to one's shaky psyche. All verbal and thoughtful processes come to… Continue

Added by Morticia on September 29, 2008 at 1:17am — 1 Comment

How To Write To Congress



Writing to Congress is the single best way to express your view on public policy. The average consumer has a surprising ability to influence legislation by crafting a well written missive. Let's find out what the common mistakes to avoid are, how the process works, and the best ways to ensure your letter has the greatest impact.



Why Personal Letters Beat Form Letters

Don't get suckered in by the quick and easy "Write to Congress!"… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 25, 2008 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Most IMPORTANT Point EVER Made by Bill Maher!!!


interesting...

Added by Tori on September 22, 2008 at 12:41am — No Comments

Back from the grave

Research on near-death experiences is unlikely to find evidence that human consciousness can survive without a brain







I was surprised to hear on the news that Sam Parnia has been awarded a big grant to find out whether the human spirit leaves the body at death – whether consciousness can survive when the brain is no longer working. He, and colleagues around the world, will place an image on a platform suspended from the ceiling of hospital wards and resuscitation… Continue

Added by Tori on September 22, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

Your Creative Genius Mindset: The Essential Qualities for “Outside the Box” Thinking



To be creative, is to have the capacity to think freely, openly, without limitations or constraints about problems and challenges confronting our life reality. When we are creative, we tend to see opportunities and possibilities that we would normally filter out of our personal experience. Creativity allows us to think outside of the box, around the box and through the box in an imaginative and free flowing manner.



In today’s day and… Continue

Added by Tori on September 21, 2008 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Evidence of evolutionary selection found in 544 genes



(PhysOrg.com) -- By comparing the genomes of humans and five other mammals, Cornell researchers have identified 544 genes that have been shaped by positive selection over millions of years of evolution.

"To our knowledge this is the largest and most comprehensive analysis of positive selection to date," write the researchers in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal PLoS Genetics, reporting on research mainly funded by the National… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 17, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Here's a nifty list of funny bumper stickers, aphorisms or atheist slogans about religion

Whats your fav?



* Darwin loves you



* Blasphemy is a victimless crime.



* Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers



* Honk If Your Religious Beliefs Make You An Asshole



* Don’t pray in my school, and I won’t think in your church.



* Intelligent Design Makes My Monkey Cry



* Thank God I'm an Atheist.



* Too Stupid to Understand Science? Try Religion.



* There's A REASON Why Atheists Don't Fly Planes Into… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 12, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Creation Story

As time and technology march on, belief systems slowly reinvent

themselves to keep pace with popular culture. Perhaps it is time

for a new creation myth... This one - unfortunately unattributed -

has been circulating on the Net.



IN THE BEGINNING

(To justify God's ways to the 21st century)



#In the beginning was the computer. And God said



:Let there be light!



#You have not signed on yet.



:God.



#Enter user… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on September 8, 2008 at 4:32am — 1 Comment

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