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The problem with cherry-picking

I recently watched a youtube post from Hemant Mehta, who I absolutely love by the way, where he spoke about "9 things Atheists should stop saying".  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L9nuGVKdg0

It's a brilliant video and filled with lots of great tips. However, I had to take note with the point about calling Christians out on cherry-picking. Allow me to explain.

We have all accused believers…

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Added by Ray K on March 18, 2014 at 10:45pm — 6 Comments

Fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

― Genesis 2:17



If we interpret this sentence in a certain way, it tells us almost everything we need to know about personal morality.

We normally talk about the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Fruit = consequences.  

Good and Evil can be seen as Good and Bad ― Liking and…

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Added by Simon Paynton on March 18, 2014 at 7:56am — No Comments

Strassman's Biological Research on 'Religious Experience'

Many have no doubt heard of Dr. Rick Strassman's research into biological explanations for 'religious' experiences. Birth, puberty and death are the most predictable elevations of endogenous DMT.

The bright light, the out of body sensation and other experiences could be no more than predictable effects of the human pineal gland. Only the subconscious mind can handle this, and I'm a big fan of the idea that the conscious mind can handle this. Superstition may be the philosophical…

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Added by Andy Hoke on March 18, 2014 at 3:39am — No Comments

Youthful Skepticism

A very early memory of mine was the United States' Bicentennial, 1976. I remember feeling so good about this country. A few years later, another prominent memory was created - the Iranian Hostage Crisis.

I will not make a case for the US' installation of the Shah as being just. I will not make a case against Iranians wanting to pursue their own destiny with less Western influence. I will however ask you to consider and also consciously identify the concern that religious…

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Added by Andy Hoke on March 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Letter I May Never Have the Courage to Send Out

Dear Mom and Dad,

As you have known for years, I am an atheist. I'm not the strongly worded, well educated physicist that you imagine when you hear that term. I know less of stardust than the strongest voices of the movement.

I am not "angry at god" I am not "trying to justify a sinful life." I am as boring as I ever was, and my typical day has less to do with my lack of belief than trying to get my son to sit down and do his school work.

Do not take my lack of rage as a…

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Added by Carol Foley on March 17, 2014 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

The Good Works of the Church?

Any of us brought up unwillingly in a religious environment has always had to square our contempt for the church with its 'good works.' Doesn't this redeem its bad works, and don't these good works offset the ridiculous but well intentioned mythology? Since this is a decidedly and demonstrably positive characteristic of religion, shouldn't atheists recognize this positive aspect of religion?

 

I utterly disagree, and I'll share my argument with the first respondent to this…

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Added by Andy Hoke on March 16, 2014 at 3:13pm — 39 Comments

Galaxies

Not to scale. "The infinitude of creation is great enough to make a world, or a Milky Way of worlds, look in comparison with it what a flower or an insect does in comparison with the Earth." ~ Immanuel Kant



Galaxies are monstrous collections of stars, plus dust, gas, light matter, dark matter, and gray matter. In a fundamental way galaxies are…

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Added by Brad Snowder on March 15, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Constitution is an atheistic document.

This recent quote by former House Majority Leader Tom Delay shocked me.  “I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government,” DeLay told host Matthew Hagee, the executive pastor of the Texas Cornerstone Church. “[W]e stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution,…

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Added by Duane Smith on March 15, 2014 at 12:56pm — 11 Comments

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Science Deniers

Crooks and Liars embedded a video with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the place of science in our society. It’s a good interview.

I mention it here because he talks about the…

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Added by Everyday Freethought on March 10, 2014 at 11:59am — 3 Comments

The Atheist me - Spirit

The Latest - "The Atheist me" Comic

Blog post at :…

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Added by EMil Wentzel on March 9, 2014 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Cosmology

001 "The drum in a dream pounds loud to the dreamer." ~ Carl Sandburg



Anisotropy: This term is frequently used to describe the temperature fluctuations in the Cosmic Microwave Background. The word means not uniform, or not the same. Like if you dressed a calico cat with a plaid kilt then filled it with dark energy and exploded it for 13.76 billion years.



Belief:…

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Added by Brad Snowder on March 8, 2014 at 11:48pm — 2 Comments

God, Such a comedian !

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Added by RobertPiano on March 8, 2014 at 8:22pm — No Comments

What’s a Physeter? A post about metaphors and prophecy

This is a post about finding meaning. Also crossposted at thephyseter.wordpress.com.

Why do I call myself The Physeter online? My internet moniker is the name of a beautiful and majestic creature:

The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), or cachalot, is the largest of the…

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Added by Physeter on March 5, 2014 at 9:06pm — 7 Comments

The destruction of woo..

I'm married to a conspiracy theorist.

I used to think like him.

I don't and can't anymore.

I can't help but be painfully aware of how his thinking has bled into our daily lives.

I consider divorce a last resort.



As uncomfortable as it is to be on the receiving end of his lack of trust and subtle paranoia, I imagine it must be much more difficult to live in his head, unsure of the people you live with and love most.

I am compelled to help, I love him, and I'd do…

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Added by Aim on March 5, 2014 at 7:50pm — 10 Comments

Happiness is Easy

Band:Talk Talk

Album : The colour of spring, 1986

Here is a song that alternates between obvious persecution of religion and sarcastic portrayal of childhood brainwashing...including the kid's choir.…

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Added by RobertPiano on March 4, 2014 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Celestial Coordinates

altitude-azimuth I must go down to the seas again,

To the lonely sea and the sky.

And all I want is a tall ship,

And a star to steer her by.


~ John Masefield



Suppose you lived in olden times and you joined a fleet of wooden ships and iron men. Or maybe it's wooden teeth and dirty old men. Whichever. But if you didn't know the basics of using a star to steer a…

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Added by Brad Snowder on March 1, 2014 at 11:39pm — 5 Comments

PBS Frontline expose "Secrets of the Vatican" rather shocking at times.

The recently broadcast documentary by Frontline on the inner workings of the Vatican in Rome was quite illuminating and, at times, shocking. Accusations of the Vatican Bank laundering large amounts of underworld money, homosexual activity among, not only the priests, but the highest ranked Vatican officials,  mishandling of the pedophilia scandal , and the continuing power struggle between Pope and Cardinals are all brought to light. I was especially shocked by the video evidence that…

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Added by Ed on February 28, 2014 at 6:04pm — 5 Comments

DEPROGRAMMED

DEPROGRAMMED:…

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Added by Grady Jean on February 28, 2014 at 11:05am — 1 Comment

Religious People

I'm new to all this and have finally opened my eyes and more so, my mind.  I was lost in the world of religion and now that I am free of it, I feel great!  I do have one question.  How do you handle the religious folk that come to your door wanting to talk to you about religion, church, etc?

Added by Jeremy Williams on February 27, 2014 at 12:33pm — 17 Comments

2016 Presidential Election: Who do you think will run?

The New York Times published the results of a poll today in which 64% of all American adults said they would like to see Hillary Clinton run for President in 2016. Among independent voters, 52% would like to see Clinton run. These percentages are nearly double those for the most-preferred Republicans; Ron Paul, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie. Clinton…

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Added by Gallup's Mirror on February 26, 2014 at 7:30pm — 18 Comments

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