We as a species tend to think of ourselves as pretty special. We have mental abilities that far surpass those of any other creature on earth, and we have social structures that we can maintain without constant infighting or always resorting to violence and territorial squabbles. We have a natural tendency toward togetherness and community where each of… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 21, 2010 at 12:05am —
... or "Can Science Have a Positive Effect on Religion and Culture to Help Answer Questions of Morality?"
My previous blog Sam Harris: Science can answer moral… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 16, 2010 at 8:02pm —
From Atheist Climber Blog
Mohammed, the prophet of the Islamic world, married his last bride Aisha when she was just six years old, and the consummated the marriage with her when she was just nine years old. In Islamic states, partly because of this precedent, this practice still happens in fundamentalist countries like Afghanistan. Muslims will say that a child of six… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 12, 2010 at 10:30pm —
Humour me while I quote from the Bible:
And God said, "Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens." So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 11, 2010 at 1:58am —
From my blog Atheist Climber
I've been reading Stephen Pinker's book "The Blank Slate"
slowly over the past few months, and it's a fantastic read. The main premise is that the idea of the mind when formed as a "blank slate" is an antiquated and incorrect supposition. He goes on to show how the brain's neural network actually has a… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 11, 2010 at 1:49am —
I have always been atheist. I was born without god and have never found that I have ever needed a god in my life. And it would seem as time goes on, that I have been drawn toward people who share the same opinions about religion as I do, mostly without ever having discussed it, or at least having barely touched on the subject. I had never called myself… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 8, 2010 at 12:03am —
From Atheist Climber Blog
Writing this blog has been a huge learning experience for me. I've had a large amount of comments, on some threads particularly, which have ranged from enlightened thought through to downright insanity, but each has helped me formulate just where I stand in relation to religion, humanity and the universe. One thing has become clear to me when discussing issues with… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 7, 2010 at 3:09am —
From Atheist Climber blog
As a child I was often told I had a vivid imagination, one that was filled with wonder and fantasy, and I loved the stories my parents would read to me. But I learned at a very young age that monsters and leprechauns were not real. While my imagination was allowed to flourish, my inquisitive nature was such that if I wanted to know about something, I was always… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 3, 2010 at 1:11am —
I published this piece at my blog and thought you all might appreciate it.
As you may know, my universe has no room for the possibility of a god. And in general I don't care what other people think and believe as long as their suppositions and practices don't affect me in any way. You can believe in fairies and unicorns and believe you have to bay at the moon 2 times a night to stop from… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 30, 2010 at 7:34pm —
I went to the Kalamazoo Kings baseball game tonight with the lady I have been seeing for sometime now and witnessed a player crank 3 home runs this evening which included the bottom of the ninth, two out, home run to win the game. The date went well, and I can't wait to see more of each other this Memorial Day Weekend. I have enjoyed our dates together and found that we have alot in common and I am happy! But now you probably do not care too much and I don't like to talk too much about my… Continue
Added by Jake W. Andrews on May 29, 2010 at 12:53am —
from Atheist Climber Blog
We live in an imperfect universe, one where the objects that inhabit it are constantly under the strain of outside forces. And while, as was pointed out in the comments from my previous blog
, there are moments where systems may work together cooperatively, these… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 27, 2010 at 7:17pm —
from Atheist Climber blog
I have, in the past tried to put forward my thoughts on the idea that all things that happen in a universe are natural
. There is no such thing as an unnatural act, because when you look at THIS world on a universal scale, it is little more than a small speck of dust… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 23, 2010 at 11:30pm —
Just a little Note.
I "The-Defeating-the-Bible-One-Chapter-at-a-Time" Guy, is now on YouTube
My Introduction video
Added by Andrew Lafont on May 20, 2010 at 6:00pm —
As a person who discusses his beliefs mostly with the like-minded, I find it difficult to speak to someone with a very different viewpoint to my own in relation to religion, science, the paranormal and the metaphysical. I generally won't stand by and let what I perceive as foolishness escape challenged, because I think misinformation is… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 20, 2010 at 1:57am —
One of the innate human characteristics that separates us from other animals on earth is our insatiable need to find out "why". Our natural need to seek for things like food and a mate is shared with other animals, but the questioning of why things happen is a unique to humans. It is ingrained in us, from the first day we start searching… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 17, 2010 at 10:00pm —
My recent blog piece "At the edge of knowledge"
spawned an awesome amount of feedback… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 17, 2010 at 12:30am —
from Atheist Climber blog
I was asked recently by a very good friend of mine "But what gives an atheist a sense of hope?" We were at our 20 year highschool reunion, and it was very noisy, there were far too many distractions for both of us for me to give her an answer worth anything, so I simply said, "I'll get back to you." Lets call this friend "A" to protect the innocent.
Well A,… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 14, 2010 at 6:35pm —
We know nothing.
The collective knowledge of all the people on earth that have ever lived is but a drop in the ocean of all possible knowledge in the universe. (1)
And the amount of knowledge any one person has is… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 9, 2010 at 11:00pm —
Via Atheist Climber Blog
Religion really is an oddity in humanity. When citing religion, one can be excused for irrational behaviour or beliefs. It gives people an excuse to not take part in the cultural norms of the society they live in. It allows people rights and privileges that people not of that religion are denied. It regularly excuses wrongdoing and lawbreaking if these are done "in the name of God". It… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 4, 2010 at 11:30pm —
If you're an atheist who wants to be able to argue intelligently about your unbelief, then it's important to study the arguments the other side is making.
A fairly recent book by Christian apologist, James Spiegel
, called The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief,
Added by The God Critic on April 28, 2010 at 8:29pm —