All Blog Posts Tagged 'Bias' (23)

Crosses - A Poem

Cross yourself and speak unto Jesus

And hope for the species that the people deceased

Are released from the pain and the suffering

Your faith is decreasing, the pages are creasing

In the only book you've been reading.

The idea is appealing, but somehow revealing

Of the fear that you're breeding.

And you're left needing...

You're only human.

A part of this species that does as it pleases.

If you do what they tell you then you will be…

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Added by Martin Pribble on November 27, 2011 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Atheism is the "new cool"?

On September 19 2011, the Telegraph website published an article titled "Atheism is cool, says Archbishop Rowan Williams". In the article the Archbishop claims the apparent rise in atheism due to it's "cool" factor, and that refutations of authors such as Richard Dawkins don't get the attention they "deserve" because atheism is the latest fad, not…

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Added by Martin Pribble on October 18, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

WantBetterEvidence.org

In my last post, I spoke about Outreach Media's attempt to try and justify the idea that the Bible is the best evidence for Jesus' love for humanity, and that this love is the best proof for the existence of God. This poster has a simple image of Jesus on a piece of toast, and the URL WantBetterEvidence.org.



Well, me being a curious fellow I decided to go to that website and see what I could make of… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on October 3, 2011 at 7:52pm — 1 Comment

This is a Science Textbook?

Education is everything, and teaching our children not only the facts, but how to determine fact from fiction is crucial for our world. Science and technology basics are some of the more important aspects of a good education, and teaching the scientific method at an early age can help establish a lifetime of good thinking.



But there are some enemies of accepted scientific fact out there, and like the falsehoods told in… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on September 23, 2011 at 7:49pm — 8 Comments

Denial of an Evolutionary Past

You're an animal. In fact, you're an ape! Yes you're an ape, your spouse is an ape, your mother and father are apes, your grandmother is an ape, and every person you know or don't know on the planet are all apes. Megan Fox, Salman Rushdie and Sacha Baron Cohen, all apes. And some of you don't like it. Why is this?







It's for a few reasons. One being that you look at the other animals in the world and think of them as stupid, or dirty, or food, and you couldn't… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:46pm — No Comments

So Much Religious Fear

The power of religion lies in the power of fear; fear of death, fear of the unknown, fear of people who are different, fear of God, and the fear that a lifetime of belief may in fact be wrong. Many religious folks might deny the last point, but I'll get to what I mean by that in a minute.







All people fear dying, but not all fear being dead. As Mark Twain is famous… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:45pm — No Comments

An Atheist and Spirituality

I've been thinking lately about spirituality. No, I'm not suggesting I am about to join a cult, take up tantric meditation or go on a vision quest. What I have been wondering is, is there any basis or evidence for a spiritual or metaphysical part of human existence?



Firstly, I think we need to define what it is we mean by "spirituality". If it means we are all inhabited by everlasting souls, that our existence on earth is a stepping-stone to the afterlife, or that our personalities… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on August 9, 2011 at 5:31am — No Comments

It's not what you think it is

I've been pretty interested in perception lately, and how our brains decipher the world around us. I've written on Pareidolia (Part 1, Part 2,…

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Added by Martin Pribble on August 5, 2011 at 12:09am — No Comments

"Resisting the Green Dragon"

I found this video while sorting through my G+ stream yesterday, and found it too alarming to not blog on the subject. This is surely enough to get your hackles up, and it should concern not only atheists, agnostics and skeptics, but every thinking human on the planet. This is surely going to be of concern in the future.



The video opens with this statement:

"In what has become one of the greatest deceptions of our day, radical environmentalism…

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Added by Martin Pribble on July 18, 2011 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Your Truths, Our Facts

To paraphrase Michael Specter in a TED talk, "You are entitled to your own truths, but you aren't entitled to your own facts." This is a poignant message and one that deserves further exploration.



(Edit: the actual quote, as pointed out in comments on my blog was “...And listen, everyone’s entitled to their… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on June 21, 2011 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Conservatism on the rise in Victoria

There is an alarming trend in Australia at the moment. While the world struggles with climate change and population, we here are experiencing a knee-jerk reaction to supposed ills that are befalling us, and the governments seem far too quick to react with their band-aid solutions. I am seeing more cases in the media every day of what can only be pandering to minorities and special interest groups, where minor problems are becoming issues big enough to change policy over. Case in point, here in… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on June 6, 2011 at 3:21am — No Comments

What does it take to be a Chaplain?

One of the biggest issues with the NSCP is that we don't know the level of qualifications held by those who will be teaching SRE in schools. This is an example of religion being held in distinction from the rest of society, as a thing of morality and trustworthiness. All we need to do is look at the Catholic church and its ministers to know this is not the case.



According to the government discussion paper supplied on the government's website about the… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Stop the NSCP - time to weigh in

As you know, I believe education is the key to beginning to solve all of the woes we have in society today. Yes all of them. From world hunger to population, from wars to disease, from terrorism to the production of clean and renewable energy. Each of these can be solved if we educate the people who are directly effected by them, and those who go into areas to help. In fact I can't think of one situation that cannot be made better without education, at least in the long term. Education should… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

I believed weird things

Humans can believe some pretty strange things. I have met people who claim to be able to see my "aura", and that depending on the "colour and shape" of this aura, they can make a determination of my physical or mental health. I've met others (actually sometimes the same people) who claim that by laying their hands on me, they can cure me of whatever ails me, from sore muscles to an upset stomach. Even stranger, I have met people who claim to be able to see into my future by "interpreting the… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:43pm — 3 Comments

“Census 2011, why mark No Religion?”

From Martin S Pribble

Australia is in a very privileged position this year. We have an opportunity to tell our government who we really are, what we treasure about our lives in Australia and what we would like to see in our future in this country. In a country that seems to be increasingly pandering to the Australian…

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Added by Martin Pribble on April 11, 2011 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Let's begin this conversation

from Martin Pribble

 

While I may have a strange optimism for the future of humanity, and I think that the answer lies not in the division of the religious and the secular but in the joint efforts of all involved, I still see it as a troublesome proposition. As you may have seen in the…

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Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:11pm — 1 Comment

A fool hath said in his heart…

from Martin Pribble

1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.2The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

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They are all gone aside,…

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Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 7:25pm — No Comments

A weak argument for Atheism

from Martin S Pribble

"The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike." Delos Banning McKown

This quote has been appearing on Twitter from numerous accounts with the hashtags "#atheism #air" appended to the ending. This does one thing, and it's not in favour of the intended or original meaning or context of the quote. What it illustrates is that atheists… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 6:03pm — 6 Comments

"Nietzsche and the Death of God" from Martin S Pribble

From Martin S Pribble





"God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean…

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Added by Martin Pribble on November 10, 2010 at 7:41pm — 4 Comments

"PZ Myers Interview – Prominent People Project" from Martin S Pribble

From Martin S Pribble



This is the fourth in a series of interviews with people who are prominent in the worlds of atheism, science, skepticism and rational thought.



This interview is with the prominent biologist and outspoken atheist Professor Paul Zachary (PZ) Myers. PZ is well known for his defence of science… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on November 8, 2010 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

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