I've had a few people ask me lately "Why don't you pick on other religions apart from Christianity and Islam? After all, there are thousands you could choose from." Well the answer is pretty simple, but threefold. Continue
Firstly, I live in Australia, which is a predominantly Christian nation. Upwards of 60% of Australians identify themselves as Christians (according to the 2006 census). Most of the first westerners to arrive here were Christian, and that tradition has been carried on…
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:45pm —
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'm hoping I'm not the only one here who watches the Science Channel. They're on an upswing of really good, quality shows after a few years of drivel. I'm very excited for all the new shows. I'm wondering if anyone would like to join me in watching/discussing them after new episodes have aired. We could find a time after the show to discuss, or chat while watching the show. I prefer having people to talk with during the show, but I'd be willing set up a chat for a later date. There… Continue
Added by Mallory on July 24, 2011 at 1:17pm —
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 —
Europe Plans 45% Boost To Science Investments, Funded By Slashing Farming Subsidies
BY Kit Eaton
Screw austerity: The E.U.'s science spending, which is running at about US$79 billion for the current 2007-2013 period, is… Continue
Added by Sassan K. on July 7, 2011 at 5:04am —
My brother, an atheist like me, posed to me this humorous thought experiment, and I thought it was worth playing the game and posting it here:
God - the bearded white guy who looks a lot like me (he wears more robes than I do) - turns up on Earth, having decided to prove his omnipotence once and for all.
He turns up everywhere you go, in all your recent photos, and in all the morning… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 26, 2011 at 11:43pm —
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 —
My cat, spooky, has gone missing. He's been gone for 5 days now, and while I am quite worried he may have been hurt, or worse, killed or caught by the cat-catcher, I still hold hope that he's about, and that he will return soon. He's done this before, but never for so many days, and I suspect he may have another home out there somewhere. Damn cats and their curiosity! It never comes to any good! Whenever he goes missing, I can't help but think of the saying "Curiosity killed the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 14, 2011 at 12:26am —
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 —
Every religion says it is the right one, and there is no way that they can all be correct. In fact, I'd go so far to say that they are all wrong. But... science is wrong too. (!?)
In science and other practices that view and measure the natural world people readily admit that they have only some of the answers to the mysteries of the universe. When new information presents itself, that information is added to the knowledge already gathered, an if it means altering the information we… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:32pm —
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 —
Today I discovered just how controversial Bunnies are... Some would say that the Leviticus inclusion of rabbits in the unclean camp because of their "chewing of the cud" points to an imperfect God... because they don't chew their cud so they are miscategorized... but then I discovered arguments that cleared that right up. Apparently God is Still Perfect because Rabbits eat their #2 which apparently falls in the cud chewing camp. So - case solved?
Added by Christine Vyrnon on April 24, 2011 at 5:00pm —
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… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on March 30, 2011 at 8:11pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
I just finished watching a show on the Discovery Science channel, the show was about the mission in 2009 to fix the Hubble telescope and to replace the cameras on it, the show was called "Mission critical: Hubble" if any of you wanted to check it out.
The show began and the shuttle launched. The astronauts had a camera so they can document of course, but the man who was the most in front of this camera had a floating cross necklace, which took my attention and made me think… Continue
Added by Sadly 'M' iCantSay on January 1, 2011 at 10:36pm —
In my recent interview with PZ Myers
, when asked "Is atheism even something you think about, or is it merely part of having an informed knowledge of the universe and its workings?" he stated:
"Atheism is a natural conclusion of rational and scientific thinking."
Bingo! He hit the nail on the head, and… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on November 29, 2010 at 5:00pm —
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 —