The Backfire Effect The Misconception:
When your beliefs are challenged with facts, you alter your opinions and incorporate the new information into your thinking. The Truth:
When your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger. Wired, The New York Times, Backyard Poultry Magazine
– they all do it. Sometimes, they screw up and get the facts wrong. In ink or in… Continue
Added by Dallas the Phallus on June 15, 2011 at 4:01pm —
By Philip Sober
I'm an atheist and have been out spoken about it and heard all the nonsense regarding that fact by the religious, such as, I'm a fundie atheist or atheism is my religion, etc... but lately I've questioned my own tactics. What i mean by that is this, as an atheist, I'm also fairly scientific minded, for an uneducated layman that is.
I've come to the rational belief, in the philosophy of…
Added by Heather Henderson on June 9, 2011 at 12:21pm —
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 —
when I was 19, a time much farther back than I had been alive at that time, My one true love became a Jesus freak. She begged me and implored me to "Just ask Jesus to come into your life." And being the lovestruck teenager I was, I did what she asked. I prayed every day for Jesus to come into my life, I carried a bible with me constantly and read it at every opportunity, I joined a pentecostal church, I wore crucifix around my neck that had belonged to a archbishop relative. And, every day… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on March 21, 2011 at 11:09pm —
Running to catch the sun Continue
We are all heading for the grave in an indifferent universe. How do we cope with such existential concerns?
So you run and you run to catch up
with the sun but it's sinking,
Racing around to come up behind you
The sun is the same in a relative way,
but you're older,
Shorter of breath, and one day closer
Added by Dallas the Phallus on January 15, 2011 at 10:29pm —
"Faith makes all things possible." "For the magic to work, you have to believe in it." "If you Believe, it will Happen." "Those who have faith need no explanation."
The essence of Mysticism is that one can alter reality by the power of the mind. If you can believe something, without a doubt, then that is reality. There is no "absolute" reality, no one way that the universe is, there is only our belief of what the universe really is. Ergo, to become god like, one… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on January 14, 2011 at 11:14pm —
My mother was big on prophecy when I was growing up. Jean Dixon was one of her favorites. Jean always extolled the correct prophecies that she had made in the past (JFK's assassination for example) Of course these prophecies were always revealed after the fact. I kept track of Ms. Dixon's prophecies for the future (at that time, all of which are now well past the time predicted) Not one, not a single one of her predictions have ever come true. Not the anti-Christ arising in an Arab nation, born… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on November 12, 2010 at 10:45pm —
Because I have a Twitter and a Facebook and am connected with those who are religious, I constantly see posts that follow this theme: "Thank god for allowing me to see another day."
After my initial reaction of a slight chuckle of amusement and I really start to think about the "rationale" behind these posts, I get really annoyed. How arrogant do you have to be to thank god for allowing
you to live another day? Like he personally goes through a… Continue
Added by Amanda Artman on November 6, 2010 at 5:03pm —
So... this is Elena's life story. Lol. Or so she says. Spanish is her native language so some of it is hard to understand because her English isn't quite perfect. We're online friends, we talk on twitter and on YouTube... we're both fanvideo makers which is how we "met". Natalia is my online friend and Elena's online friend too, all 3 of us are friends... ;) Natalia just posted this fanvideo, which had to do with atheism, last night:… Continue
Added by luvtheheaven on November 4, 2010 at 8:00pm —
I know, I know. The title is a bit misleading.
But lately, I've been seeing a growing trend of digging an imaginary trench between so-called atheists and so-called agnostics. What many people don't realize is that more often than not, they are one and the same.
We need to define both terms first. Theism and atheism are about belief vs. non-belief. Non-belief in a deity does not imply a belief in the non-existence of said… Continue
Added by Yet Another Atheist on September 23, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Ever since Richard Dawkins gave us his 7-point scale of God belief in The God Delusion, and positioned himself just shy of the strong atheist position, I have sensed a sort of orthodoxy develop around the defense to the accusations that atheists are arrogant and rely on faith just as much as believers. The common reply has been to cry foul ("atheism is merely a lack of belief in gods") and retreat into agnosticism ("I can't know with certainty there are no gods, I just find it highly… Continue
Added by Henry Ruddle on July 18, 2010 at 6:30pm —
I was lucky, my family would never put religious belief before family, I'm the only heathen, but there is one Wiccan among us. But I have noted how many atheist have lost all ties with family because of religion. Now, I wonder, have any atheists rejected their family because they believe? I don't mean those family who make your lives a living hell by trying to constantly convert you, but have you or do you know of any atheists that have rejected family members simply because they choose to… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on June 16, 2010 at 11:00pm —
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 —
[THIS IS THE CONTINUATION OF THE PREVIOUS ARTICLE. THIS ONE IS MORE INTERESTING TO ME PERSONALLY BECAUSE IT'S MORE OF A ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE PAGE OWNER TOM]
Tom: Um no [ME], other way around. If either A or B, if not A, then B. That is sound tested philosophy. Thus, argumentally speaking, either side could prove one side right by proving the other side wrong. Besides, what person in the world would ever believe anything that they cannot see the evidence of? Totally ignorant from a… Continue
Added by G. Randall on May 11, 2010 at 4:30pm —
I was requested to post it, so why not? Here is the entire transcript from the facebook conversation I had with "the faithful" as was mentioned in my previous article. For anonymity I've chosen to use just first names for each person, if two people share the same first name I'll indicate with the name followed by 1 and 2. Continue
This conversation is still ongoing and contains 98 posts as of right now, some are quite lengthy. Where I…
Added by G. Randall on May 11, 2010 at 4:15pm —
I can't understand why believers insist that you have to believe in something in order to have a good life.By something, of course, they mean a "higher power", something "higher than you". Smh. I just had a phone conversation with my aunt. I was speaking to her about an issue in my marriage that her and I had discussed earlier. She went on to advice that my husband and I believe in a higher power. I told her (again) that I don't believe in a deity or a higher power, nor do I subscribe to any… Continue
Added by Shanika on April 15, 2010 at 5:21pm —
If you don't know what Fan Fiction is, read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_fiction
Anyone a Gilmore Girls fan? More specifically a Jess/Rory fan? If you are like those of us who think Literati (Jess & Rory) were definitely one of the most amazing TV ships ever, you probably would LOVE this fanfic by MissGoalie75 on fanfiction.net. It's called "Footnotes and Annotations" and she has taken a bunch of scenes from the show… Continue
Added by luvtheheaven on February 23, 2010 at 6:09pm —
There seems to be some controversy among non-believers as to the best way to refer to themselves. There are atheists, agnostics, free-thinkers, humanists, brights, godless, etc. Personally, I have no problem with any of these terms. It is not for me to decide how other people should identify themselves.
Like everyone else, though, I do have a term which I prefer over the others, and that term is "atheist
". For me, the choice to use this term happened in a single week, and the… Continue
Added by Todd on December 19, 2009 at 11:05pm —
Ok, terrible pun. But I was brainstorming for an essay that I am writing and came up with this, and it just happened to be Wednesday, and I just happened to find terrible puns completely irresistible... Anyways, does it seem logically sound? Any of the terminology inappropriate?
Added by Shine on December 16, 2009 at 11:30am —
I'm starting to feel... um... not prolific.
Well, I need to point out that I'm finding it difficult to come up with good content to keep all of my blogs updated. Suddenly, I happen to have four sites/pages/blogs...
So, I have posted a new entry on my ongoing site.
How Do You Do?
Listen to this song keeping in mind that Shakira, the singer/songwriter, is a Colombian young lady who has always been Catholic… apparently she is questioning her beliefs and trying to… Continue
Added by Monica Salcedo (Monicks) on October 28, 2009 at 11:00pm —