One argument that I tackled in an earlier post was the fine tuning argument. I thought about it for a while, and I thought of one of my interests: Astronomy. I realized that there are thousands of galaxies and millions of stars and planets out there. So are we really "fine tuned"? Why us and not any one of the other millions of planets? Why haven't we found life on other planets? For those of you who do not know much about cosmology or astronomy there is a certain Goldilocks zone that a… Continue
Added by Real Life James Bond on April 2, 2013 at 12:00am —
Creationist stakes $10,000 on contest between Bible and evolution
Creator of Literal Genesis Trial believes people who argue in favor of evolution are at a scientific disadvantage…
Added by Doc Feral on March 26, 2013 at 12:00pm —
I am an Atheist, though I'd rather be considered an Rationalist. Recently I have decided to "come out" as an Atheist and, so far, it has been a real positive experience. I have found a number of people who share the same thoughts and views and I have been fortunate in that my family (Christians), have not removed themselves from my life.
I am a fan of posting, as they say in politics, "controversial" images and posts on Facebook. After posting an, I will admit, over generalized… Continue
Added by Steve Hayes on October 21, 2012 at 4:34pm —
Hi everybody. Dave Kilby here with a shameless plug:
I'm currently working on a new series of posts entitled "The Religious Wrong" on my "Grumbles From an Old Grouch" blog (grumblesfromanoldgrouch.com).
Drop by and take a gander at the work-in-progress and feel free to comment, suggest or tell me to "go to Hell" (even if it doesn't exist).
While you're there, check out my "The Theory of Evil-ution vs the Mythology of Creationism" posts. I think you might enjoy them.
Added by Dave Kilby on August 10, 2012 at 5:24pm —
NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Leakey predicts skepticism over evolution will soon be history.
Not that the avowed atheist has any doubts himself.
Sometime in the next 15 to 30 years, the Kenyan-born paleoanthropologist expects scientific discoveries will have accelerated to the… Continue
Added by Doc Feral on May 28, 2012 at 12:18am —
--Ker Than, 2009
THE EYES OF VERTEBRATES Continue
Why Intelligent Design?
On November 24, 2009--the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species--the theory that new species can arise from old ones through natural selection is still met with some resistance. (Related: …
Added by Doc Feral on May 5, 2012 at 9:24pm —
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 —
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Think Inc conference in Melbourne Australia, the inaugural event, and one that showed much promise with a line-up of speakers which included Professor Tim Flannery, YouTube sensation Christina Rad, activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali (appearing via Skype), poet Shane Koyczan, Professor Neil Degrasse Tyseon, Professor Michael Shermer and political commentator Christopher Hitchens (also intended to appear via Skype).
Unfortunately Christopher Hitchens… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 19, 2011 at 12:34am —
The major religions teach people that their version of the history of the world is true. Each of them tells a different story, and yet all claim to be the right one. Of course this can't be the case, there can only be one true path that history has taken, albeit multi-threaded. The odd thing is that Christianity and Islam are rife with messages proposing that one not question the words of the religion, and thereby are not only insulating themselves against a natural tendency to question, but… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:48pm —
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 —
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 —
Yesterday I tweeted Humans don't need God to exist but God needs humans to exist, once we stop believing he will disappear this was retweeted a few times and even compared to Terry Pratchett (I'm flattered, I must read his books now!) so I thought I would elaborate.
I can't help but think that nearly everything humans used to attribute to Gods in regards to our own existence has been explained by science. For example in his bookOrigin of the… Continue
Added by Lindsay on September 4, 2011 at 4:24pm —
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 —
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,… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on August 5, 2011 at 12:09am —
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… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 18, 2011 at 8:40pm —
I was just at the airport waiting for a family member to arrive and a group of these Christians (they had t-shirts on about Christ) and were part of some group...and they came to me and passed out a small flyer about "Christ" and said "can we talk to you about Christ" (about two young girls) and I said, "I don't think I am the right person you want to talk to) and she said "why" - I said "because I'm atheist" and she said "why?" and I said something in the terms of "while I think Christianity… Continue
Added by Sassan K. on July 18, 2011 at 8:30pm —
Since the most holy of weekends in the Christian calendar has now passed, the folks at Outreach Media
have decided to shift their focus form worshiping the death of Jesus, to look at the topic of birth and conception. This month's poster reads:
"You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13"… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:31pm —
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on April 23, 2011 at 2:19am —
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. Continue
3They are all gone aside,…
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 7:25pm —
Laying upon warm sand looking upon the stars & moon listening to the sounds of water slamming against its self, closing my eyes to only open them in a world of my own wonder, colonies on the moon, cities in the clouds, elevators to space stations, cleaner air, healthier people, happier people. A world not to far from our grasp. It could have been already at our feet if the religious hate mongers hadn't destroyed the work of the genius Archimedes. Millions have died & continue to… Continue
Added by Ethan Levy on March 6, 2011 at 3:00am —