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Will AI end our species?

I disregard prophesied apocalyptic scenarios (except for recurrence of known natural catastrophies), but I'm increasingly interested in the probability of AI taking on a life of its own, at humanity's expense.

Few would argue that, over time, AI will become increasingly enmeshed with our lives. Many believe that we'll always retain control, with preemptive capabilties in cases that would otherwise head out of control. Some argue for unlimited "progress", no worries.

I'm afraid…


Added by Pope Beanie on May 7, 2014 at 10:26pm — 28 Comments

Instruct and Forbid the Same, with Exceptions

The holy doctrine I and so many others were asked to swallow says I must do certain things that are forbidden. Confusion, right?

There's killing and stealing, love but also hate your family and friends. Good deeds get you into heaven, but no, you just have to really believe. You're responsible for your behavior, no you're not because Jesus takes that away.

Confusion brings fear, that brings hatred, that brings suffering.

For it's several thousand pages, the Good News…


Added by Andy Hoke on May 7, 2014 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

Origin of Religion, a Wikipedia Entry


See also:…

Added by Andy Hoke on May 6, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

What a Douchebag

Has anyone seen this article?

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Believes 1st Amendment Only Applies to Christians

What a douchebag!  The dude is wrong in so many different ways, it's ridiculous. Not only does he have very little idea about comparative religion (he apparently thinks Buddhists believe Buddha created everything, and Muslims believe…


Added by A. T. Heist on May 5, 2014 at 1:48pm — 5 Comments

I invite anyone to beat me to the punch on this idea

Simple: a Family Tree of Religions

You start with ancient Greek, Egyptian and Zoroastrianism stuff, show the (basically) separate beginings of the Bhagavada Gita, Upanishads, all the eastern stuff. Other early religions in other places, yes include those.

I'm talking about an illustration of the EVOLUTION of religion. A picture is worth 1,000 words, and I think such a thing would in general reduce the chances of thermonuclear eschatology. 

Added by Andy Hoke on May 5, 2014 at 11:34am — 3 Comments

Mystery and Music

I love mystery. It stimulates the mind. It keeps us busy, makes us useful and therefore meaningful.

I'm reminded of the fact that most numbers are irrational. Most of human experience is irrational, and only a small amount may ever make sense to us.

I've made music since I was 5, and now I'm 44. What keeps it interesting? What keeps it interesting is that one can always improve; the only limit is the ability to be honest about shortcomings. You must be able to honestly assess…


Added by Andy Hoke on May 5, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments

It is impossible for anyone to be a Christian

When you consider that the Bible is above all, contradictory, it's actually impossible to be a Christian.

A passing thought...

Added by Andy Hoke on April 30, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Luke 14:26

"If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple." ~ Jesus

This explains a lot of the occidental self loathing.…


Added by Andy Hoke on April 30, 2014 at 11:59am — 7 Comments

Model of the Divine Certain to Dissatisfy EVERYONE...

So lets see if I can come up with a conception of God that will irritate the hell out of everyone. OK. Assuming God exists what do I think It/Him/She/They is/are? I think that God is the 99%. By that I mean the 99% of you that is actually running your body and mind right up from creating new red blood cells to most of your "higher" brain functions. Another way to think of it is whenever you refer to yourself as "I" you are referring to less than 1% of the total of what "you" actually are.…


Added by Vincent on April 24, 2014 at 5:25pm — 7 Comments

Do people Benefit from having a religious period?

This is an interesting point. I was raised Roman Catholic and went to Catholic schools right up until college. Religion is a community builder, I'll give it that. We knew who we were, why we were, and where we were and there was no questioning any of these things. I think that is a good place to start for way more children than not given the gargantuan uncertainties built into the world of even the most secure child. My sense of it is that religion provides a stabilizing force to the mental…


Added by Vincent on April 23, 2014 at 2:19pm — 4 Comments

Family sues N.J. district over 'under God' in pledge

FREEHOLD, N.J. — A family is suing the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District and its superintendent, seeking to have the phrase "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance that students recite every day.

A lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Monmouth County on behalf of the…


Added by Dan on April 22, 2014 at 10:34pm — 10 Comments


I feel like I am about to boil over and burn.

Some back story...because I don't know if I've mentioned this before, though I'm certain I have.

I was molested by my grandfather when I hit puberty, so was my older were many of our friends before it happened to us, and after. My grandfather felt up a little girl at my grandmother's memorial service.

When he died I was thrilled. Not relieved, not filled with the urge to forgive, not at peace...

I rejoiced…


Added by Carol Foley on April 22, 2014 at 4:38am — 2 Comments

Homophobic Coworkers Trolling--To Get Me To Come Out

Gah, this is so jacked up. I don't know what to do. I need some advice guys, because I can't loose this job too. I haven't been on here in a while because I've been pretty wrapped up in finding a decent job, but I hope some of the regulars are still around with their usual wit and wisdom. This blog post is going to be a rant, but please give it a look-see.

My new coworkers are obsessed with the sexuality of the guy I just replaced and they've been talking about 'how it totall…


Added by Kairan Nierde on April 22, 2014 at 1:04am — 15 Comments

Looking for Community and Activism/Moral Teamwork

Hello everyone. I'm an artist and writer and someone who is interested in community. I've been listening to a lot of Dan Dennett on youtube and find his argument that if secularists want to end the more harmful excesses of religion we have to provide institutions that do the things that religion is good at.

My view of religion is that God created me to not believe in Him, and in my conversations with Him,…


Added by Vincent on April 21, 2014 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

Sometimes I envy the religious in death!

I am Greg, husband of the recently deceased White Unicorn, Suzanne Olson-Hyde. We are/were both confirmed atheists of long standing - roughly 50 years each - we both gave up religion in our early teens.

But now that Suzanne has 'ceased to be', I am having an internal struggle between my logical self - still DEFINITELY an atheist, and my 'fantasy', wishful thinking self that would love to believe that Suzanne still exists somewhere and that she is being looked after.



Added by Greg Olson-Hyde on April 21, 2014 at 10:12am — 22 Comments

The Poet's Coroner: I Will Not Drink the Blood of a Fool

i will not drink the blood of a fool

when the glory of the lord shall shine

and blind men to his crimes

as the lies that he had promised me

would nail me to his tree

when all the angels in the dark

would brand me with the devil’s mark

i’d curse and cry with my last breath

‘i’ve still a half a bottle left!’

leave me alone, save someone else

i love my sinful, wicked self

take off of me this pit bull’s leash

save it for a…


Added by Philip Jarrett on April 20, 2014 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment

Atheist Eulogy

My mother's funeral is Wednesday, 4/23/2014 and I'll be giving at least a part of the eulogy.

A little help here...and maybe an opportunity for discussion in general on the subject.

What is an 'Atheist Eulogy'?  What can my differing view of death bring to the table at a Wake?

I know it is totally inappropriate for me to try and convert the audience...I just wish Christians would give me the same respect.  Having God on your side is no excuse for being rude...but then,…


Added by Philip Jarrett on April 20, 2014 at 9:34pm — 10 Comments

Zella Mae Jarrett

My mother, Zella Mae Jarrett of Boone County West Virginia ceased to exist at 10:58 PM on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.

I'll write more later.

Added by Philip Jarrett on April 19, 2014 at 11:35pm — 4 Comments

Seeing the man in the child.

My 10 year old son asked me yesterday, seemingly out of the blue, "Why did Hitler want to kill the Jews?" I said, "I don't know for sure, but it happened in the context of a long history of people persecuting the Jews."  "How?" he asked.  "Well, people blamed them for things they weren't responsible for, like disease."  He asked, "You mean like the Black Plague?"   "Yes, like the Black ," I said, slowly shaking my head. Then he asked, "Do…


Added by Diane on April 19, 2014 at 9:52am — 7 Comments

Dead man's Switch

Dead man’s Switch

i had a dollar in my pocket

at least, i did before i spent it

on some trinket or some locket

that now is lost and i resent it

there is nothing quite as gone

as a dollar when it’s spent

nothing leaves you as alone

wondering where the dollar went

a dollar anticipated

is a great treasure for a man

but a dollar dissipated

grates on your soul like sand

to owe a dollar to another

is a dollar spent on guilt



Added by Philip Jarrett on April 18, 2014 at 11:29pm — No Comments

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