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Cosmos Television Series

I thought the latest Cosmos Series with Neal  DeGrasse Tyson was entertaining and successful. It was professionally done and I believe Tyson presented the material in a well thought out manner. Getting the viewer to understand the vastness of time and space in our universe helped reinforce the fact that our little orb called Earth is truly a fairly insignificant rock in the overall scope of things. His references to historical figures and their impact on our understanding of the cosmos and…

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Added by Ed on June 13, 2014 at 9:03am — 4 Comments

Prepositions

It recently dawned on me that although the English language has around 1,000,000 words, only about 150 - 170 of those words are categorized as prepositions. To wit:

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Added by Andy Hoke on June 4, 2014 at 4:30am — 30 Comments

Anyone ever check out the Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU)?

One of the smartest men in the world is Chris Langan apparently, and he developed this theory and wrote a book that is now on my reading list. Anyone on ThinkAtheist ever look into this work?

(By the way, please do not join this thread to argue about who the smartest person in the world is. If you want to discuss that, please just start another discussion.)

Anyway, here's an interview with Chris:…

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Added by Andy Hoke on June 2, 2014 at 9:24pm — 18 Comments

Book: "What Are You Without God" by Christopher Krzeminski

The subtitle of this book is "How to discredit religious thought and rebuild your identity."  You can find it easily on amazon.  The wording of the book is very complex, but not in such a way that it was difficult for me to follow.  After reading it for awhile, you realize that it has to be that way... the wording needs to be very precise, because if it's not it can be argued with.

The book doesn't leave any wiggle room.  From beginning to end, there is pretty much nothing any…

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Added by Maxwell Marovich on June 2, 2014 at 8:33am — 6 Comments

Atheist Themed Tattoos?

Hey guys I'm curious as to what you guys think regarding  atheist themed tattoos or tattoos in general. Here is an idea I'm working on tattoo.jpg. Any input would be helpful. And before you say you shouldn't care what other people think about your tattoo.. I don't, but its nice to see other peoples viewpoints on things…

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Added by David Scott Weaver on May 30, 2014 at 7:57pm — 5 Comments

When a Jehovah's Witness Grows Up to be an Atheist

After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation - a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety.

The blockers of the light lingered and adjusted themselves and finally put knuckle to…

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Added by M.M.J. Gregory on May 29, 2014 at 4:49pm — 8 Comments

Warning: Non-Geek

You may find there's not much here because I'm really not very good at figuring out computer instructions.  I guess and I try, and as often as not, end up accidentally losing what I have written.  If any of the people who read this live in the St. Louis area and want to help me learn how to work this, I will start blogging in earnest.  I will start with the details of how I came to be an atheist. 

I was born into a Christian family, in that my mother was a serious Christian, a Sunday…

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Added by Barbara J Frederick on May 29, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Just A Few Things (1st Post)

I'm posting this for attention.  I feel like I need to be honest upfront.  Anyone who writes a blog wants people to read it.  With that said, this post is going to be relatively short.  My main goal is to meet like-minded people anyway, and this might seem counter-intuitive, but atheism is really only a miniscule fraction of our lives, right?

Atheism does allow us to scrape away a lot of the bullshit from our lives, though.  But I think I'm going to talk about a few things that are…

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Added by Maxwell Marovich on May 28, 2014 at 4:27pm — 3 Comments

Is government a more powerful force than love?

I didn't join this site to take other people's words out of my mouth.

I attempted to emphasize the importance of love amid the current trend of legalized gay marriage. I'm not anonymous, so anyone can go to Facebook to verify my support of my gay friends' new marriage intentions.

Marriage is a much older religious institution than a governmental one, and marriage is younger than love. Tell me ThinkAtheist, does law matter more than love?

Added by Andy Hoke on May 25, 2014 at 1:00am — 14 Comments

The Dream and Reality of organised religion

The dream  of religion is worshipping God and going to heaven.

The reality of religion is to over power people and single out everything else.

This includes not thinking for yourself, constantly fearing the unknown, and controlling what people do, and giving then only 2 choices which is obey or die.

It defeats the purpose of freewill, and confuses people on right and wrong.

Added by Legion Of Rott on May 22, 2014 at 1:28am — 1 Comment

Random Chropra quantum-woo generator

http://www.wisdomofchopra.com/

I was still laughing after the 25th random generated Chropra-woo line. My favourites were:

"Eternal stillness results from a symphony of joy"

"The ego transcends karmic creativity"

"Your consciousness projects onto universal mortality"

http://www.wisdomofchopra.com/

Added by Davis Goodman on May 17, 2014 at 12:02pm — 10 Comments

The American Neitzsche

"To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride."

  • "Coda" from Smart Set (December 1920)

H.L. Mencken…

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Added by Andy Hoke on May 17, 2014 at 11:01am — 5 Comments

Intelligent Life

The significance of the "Copernican Revolution" is that as soon you embrace the Sun as a star, you are immediately faced with the possibility that when you look out into space, someone or something is looking back. Before Copernicus most people thought the Earth was pretty much the whole Universe so the idea of aliens on other planets really creeped them out. The Jesuits had enough trouble deciding whether or not Native Americans had souls, let alone ET. Did each planet…

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Added by Brad Snowder on May 17, 2014 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Atheist TV -coming soon!

American Atheists will be launching a TV channel in July that will be a 7 day a week/24 hour format:

 http://www.religionnews.com/2014/05/07/atheist-tv-coming-soon-television-near/

This is a long overdue event that hopefully will help further the exposure to the atheist cause in America. It is my sincerest hope that they do well.

Added by Ed on May 17, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Sobre "Coming out Atheist"

He estado leyendo el libro de Greta Christina "Coming out Atheist" y me encanta su manera de expresar los sentimientos que encontramos los ateos al relacionarnos con personas religiosas y "salir" o descubrirnos como ateos ante las personas.

Especialmente estoy muy entusiasmado por el capítulo sobre "Crear comunidades"; y es por eso que estoy regresando a ThinkAtheist para postear en el Blog.

Tengo algunos amigos ateos de carne y hueso en la ciudad y me parece que podríamos…

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Added by Jaime on May 13, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

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…

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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…

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

Origin of Religion, a Wikipedia Entry

Origin[edit]

See also:…
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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…

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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

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