I have a curious fascination with religion in the same sense that someone could have a curious fascination for a festering sore on your arm that you repeatedly pick at. There are a lot of things that absolutely infuriate me about the willful ignorance of these followers. One that often crosses my mind is the tendency to thank god for anything and everything that happens.
I am reminded of this from a recurring memory of an encounter I had while working at a school for severe autism. A… Continue
Added by Teri G on February 5, 2014 at 1:35pm —
The Internet is amazing. It hosts media of all kinds. Anybody can communicate with anybody. And you can find out anything you want to know. It's huge and complex but we don't need to understand how it works to know that it does. In the same way, we don't need to understand how the brain works to know that it does. Its electro-chemical machinations, while interesting, aren't necessary to understand in order to know that the brain deliberates. That's what it does.
Neuroscience can't yet… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on December 12, 2011 at 2:00am —
Dancing with Causality: Purposeful Steps
Free will, in the form of self-determinism, is only a big mystery if you allow your thinking to be governed by the centuries of philosophers who have never managed to figure it out. They've been arguing in circles because they've defined "free will" to fit their premises. This is because they… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on December 9, 2011 at 7:00am —
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 —
It was pointed out to me in a comment this morning about Bertand Russell's Teapot, that theists dismiss the ideas of Santa Claus and The Celestial Teapot outright because of the silliness of the ideas and the incredible unlikeliness that they exist, but fail to see their own shortcomings in judgement about their belief in god or Gods along the same premise. I see why this is, after all,… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on September 13, 2011 at 11:49pm —
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 —
I originally posted this at my blog Martin S Pribble, and it was subsequently picked up as an "Article" at RDFRS, which made me quite happy. It has caused quite a discussion at both sites, so I thought it would be good to share with you lot also.
Religion is running scared from advances in science, particularly brain science such as neurology. Why? Because the brain is the final frontier in uncovering the reasons for belief in superstitions, religion and a higher… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 25, 2011 at 6:49pm —
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 —
From Martin S Pribble's Blog
Firstly, Happy New Year to you all, and thanks for joining me again in 2011, for what I hope will be another successful year of blogging. As always, your feedback is appreciated. I'm going to start the year with what may seem to be quite a secular topic (i.e. non religious) within popular culture, but is actually much more. Continue
Over the latter half of last year, I became somewhat…
Added by Martin Pribble on January 8, 2011 at 6:26pm —
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 —
I've not covered this topic as yet, so what a better time to do so than now?
I've covered death, afterlife, evolution, space, existentialism, gods, demons, medicine et al., but haven't really touched on soul. And there's a reason for it, it's a difficult topic to cover with any sense of authority because it's a grey area, one where there is… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on August 17, 2010 at 2:47am —
... or "Can Science Have a Positive Effect on Religion and Culture to Help Answer Questions of Morality?"
My previous blog Sam Harris: Science can answer moral… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 16, 2010 at 8:02pm —
From my blog Atheist Climber
I've been reading Stephen Pinker's book "The Blank Slate"
slowly over the past few months, and it's a fantastic read. The main premise is that the idea of the mind when formed as a "blank slate" is an antiquated and incorrect supposition. He goes on to show how the brain's neural network actually has a… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 11, 2010 at 1:49am —
Added by Doug Reardon on April 27, 2010 at 10:13am —
The human brain is a fantastic piece of hardware that can run countless calculations at once and analyze both short and long term situations and consequences. An interesting theory was posed in my elective philosophy class (before winter break) about the very nature on understanding death. My professor told us that it is impossible for the human mind to mentally comprehend "death" because death itself is the absence of consciousness, the absence of calculated thought processes that form what we… Continue
Added by Filippo on December 27, 2009 at 11:48pm —
hey every one look at this t-shirt heres the link: your Brain
it's like… Continue
Added by phillipmac88 on October 9, 2009 at 9:30pm —
This blog post stems from another discussion (elsewhere) that segued into the topic of mind versus brain. In order to illustrate that the mind is more than just the brain, I described the following scenario . . .
What it would be like if you were born completely
paralyzed, with a normal brain but without a sensory nervous system to deliver stimuli to your brain from your sensory organs? Would it be possible to think or to have memories? In what ways could you be considered… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on September 15, 2009 at 10:00pm —
Added by jen o on June 2, 2009 at 9:00pm —