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 —
What are some of the things in your life that make you happy? What are the greatest joys in your life? What gives you the greatest sense of achievement, and what are the moments in your life that you remember as the most important ones? Does religion play a part in any of these moments, feelings or personal possessions? Because according to many religious folk, the greatest thing in their life is their faith in God. This troubles me.
To many, their belief in God, afterlife and… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:47pm —
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 —
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 —
This "From the Mailbox" is a little different than what I usually receive, as you'll soon see. I won't use any names, except my own, and the spelling and grammar comes directly from the messages received. There were three in total, staring with this rather innocent and short one:
"Hi Martin Did anyone ever tell you that Jesus loves YOU!"
At first I thought this was a joke from one of my atheist readers, as sometimes we all get a little… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 30, 2011 at 8:43pm —
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 —
from Martin Pribble (March 19 2011) Continue
A strange optimism has overcome me today. With all the disasters and unrest around the world right now, you might call me crazy, but hear me out and you may agree with me.
We tend to be a very self-centred and self-interested lot, us humans, and we will always try to look after our own immediate family and community, forsaking the rest of the world in favour of our own…
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:07pm —
By Martin Pribble
It's undeniable; we are the single most advanced species of animal that we have identified to have ever existed on earth. Our social structures, brain power, our technologies, our innovations and our language is unrepeated in any other species on the planet.
We are self-aware, we are group aware, and we are of the imminence of death. We understand the basic needs for life, we understand the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on January 28, 2011 at 12:10am —
from Martin S Pribble blog
I have too many things floating around my head right now to make a real point with this blog entry, so bear with me while I go on a cathartic rant.
I have recently seen a lot of criticisms about the "New Atheist Movement" saying it's disruptive and threatens to destroy society and all it holds dear. Some even say it will cause the end of the world. Most of the criticism is aimed at the so-called… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on October 27, 2010 at 7:43pm —
from Atheist Climber Blog
It's October, which can only
mean one thing; Outreach Media
have a new billboard! They seem to have hit a few nails on the head this time.
Not everything that religion touts is harmful, in fact there are some… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on October 7, 2010 at 2:18am —
from Atheist Climber blog
Atheist Climber Blog
is turning One year old on October 10! Yay!
And I remember like yesterday thinking "Do I have anything to write about? Will anyone care? Will anyone read it?" I just wish I had taken more baby photos!
Well you have all spoken to me by visiting and commenting on my blog. My measure of… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 26, 2010 at 8:02pm —
from Atheist Climber blog
I wrote recently about the idea of a "Re-Enlightenment
" and about moving forward toward a world which was not controlled by mythology, dogma, and religious doctrine. In a rather flippant final paragraph I wrote:…
Added by Martin Pribble on August 26, 2010 at 3:43am —
Developing countries with low literacy rates and poor education systems are bastardising moderate beliefs resulting in horrific and widespread crimes against humanity.
This post is going to read as part history lesson, part reminder about why religious groups need to stop punting their own agendas in African countries, regardless of their intentions.
I have always felt that notions of gods needed to be eradicated from Africa, but seeing an article by Ken Ham entitled… Continue
Added by kelltrill on August 20, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Believers in god often ask "Where do morals come from?"
They expect the answer to be "from God", mostly because they can't imagine that something so much at the heart of human interaction can have risen naturally.
Well the answer is reasonably simple, but long. So let me see if I can be as brief as possible with this.
As I… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 25, 2010 at 9:39pm —
"@Wry Mouth: I don’t speak for all Atheists, just myself, but I can assure you that in stark… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 4, 2010 at 8:38pm —
Dear religious planet,
I know you are probably not reading this if you are a theist, as you are probably put off by the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 29, 2010 at 3:07am —
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 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 —