Our universe is a place of massive physical forces, and given the microscopic size of humanity in the scale of it all, it’s not surprising that we get caught up in the midst of these forces. And when we do, lives and infrastructure are lost on a relatively massive scale.
In 2004, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, caused by a massive earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra, causing massive devastation of homes and communities, and taking more than 230,000 lives in Indonesia, Sri Lanka,… Continue
“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” - Frank Lloyd Wright
Every year at around this time I feel the need to reflect on the year passed, and be thankful. While this may be trite, I do see the end of years celebrations as an important time, a time for reflection. We all feel it to some degree.
Why is it that we feel the need to reflect and be thankful? It's a weird sensation, because I don't have a God to thank for my existence. I don't believe in a… Continue
While talking with my little brother (Sophomore in high school) this evening I asked to see his Biology book. I grew up home schooled with the notorious A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum so I should have been ready for what I saw.
- "Biology for Christian Schools" (Third Edition) by Thomas E. Porch and Brad R. Batdorf - 2005 BJU Press
Of all the disturbing things in this school book I've decided only to quote the opening to Chapter 8, The History of… Continue
During the Years of Creationism, that is, my theist years, I've shied away from science, executing the classic Just-Barely-Passing maneuver in all of my classes. Just recently, however, I've found that science, especially Biology, fascinates me to no end. I recently purchased three (old and "outdated", but still accurate) textbooks on Biology and Biochemistry. Upon reading through the first Biology textbook (haven't finished it, but I love it so far) I find I'm learning more about the human… Continue
Hey guys, I just had an interesting event with a relative of a friends of mine. It started through a statement my friend Kevin made a quote from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:
"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."
“The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation of a distant memory, as if we were falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” - Carl Sagan, Cosmos, 1980
Without perspective we wallow blindly through life, without empathy, understanding and the ability to apply knowledge. Perspective is not… Continue
Ever since my de-conversion there is one statement from believers that irritates me time and time again. We have all heard it, it is the common fall back for just about every argument against christianity. Every time I have argued the plagiarism, absurdities, contradictions, lies, cruelty and intolerance of the Bible, this statement, or something similar, invariably gets thrown in my face: “You just have to have faith”.
Up to now, I've had nothing to say about the nomination of Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health, mostly because, outside of his work with the Human Genome Project, I have little knowledge of his views and abilities. However, I have been keeping an eye on what skeptics and secular thinkers have to say about the man, and the reaction has been largely mixed.
On one hand, Collins' scientific background is exemplary and shows him to be a serious, dedicated man of… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on July 27, 2009 at 11:00am —
Victor Stenger makes an empirical investigation of the God Hypothesis and delivers a geek-fest of smack-down to the theory that God can be anything close to what most theists believe. From the outset, Stenger establishes a baseline of characteristics that the God(s) in his experiment will have, populated largely with the often-stated abilities and preferences of the Judeo-Christian God Yahweh.
A challenge is issued in the first chapter to those who say that science has no… Continue
Earlier in my group today I got onto the discussion of "the matter of existance". I'm posting this blog to share my ideas with people who are not in my group but are intrested in the idea of probing this question, please feel free to endulge me with your ideas, i'm always intrested on seeing a different view of existance. Fell free to joing my group if this inspires you to question more.
Well, this problem is an unanswerable question of existance, but it is always fun to… Continue
Added by Aeon on March 10, 2009 at 11:42am —