All Blog Posts Tagged 'death' (57)

Can Humans Comprehend Death?

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 — 8 Comments

Once again an atheist is a rotting corpse.

I poke and prod at people about their religion.

I post atheist quotes and videos on my facebook page.

The people on my list can, ignore, comment, agree, disagree, whatever, but it will get them thinking.

Last night I posted this:

"What happens when we're dead? The irony is that all our questions will be answered after we die. We spend our whole life trying to figure out the truth and the only way we'll find out what it is, is to get hit by a bus. And the only comfort that… Continue

Added by Jay Catt on December 6, 2009 at 12:19pm — 4 Comments

Experiencing Death?

One of the hardest parts about being an Atheist is accepting that there is no afterlife.



Someone once asked me what death would be like, and the only answer that I could give was that it feels the same as forcing yourself to remember a period of time before you were born. In other words, it feels like nothing. It didn't hurt before you existed because you lacked the pain receptors to feel pain, and the pain of dying will only last as long as your body remains alive to feel the… Continue

Added by Philip Laureano on November 16, 2009 at 7:46am — 21 Comments

The Ramon Tragedy - Dealing with death and mythicism.

If there's one thing religion does very well, it's dealing with death and the afterlife. And I'm not talking about death itself, or rather life after death as a concept, but of the way religion helps people deal with the loss of their loved ones. The idea of life after death appeals to the child in us, the… Continue

Added by Elad Avron on September 13, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Doctors Say Yes To The Public Option

On August 20th, a collection of doctors in Santa Rosa, California, assembled on a corner and lobbied the public to support the public health care option. EmpireReport.org reporter, John Stiffler, interviewed some of the doctors and created a video. What do you think?



Doctors Demonstrate for a Public Option in Health Care Reform!!! from Jon Stiffler on…

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Added by LaRae Meadows on August 23, 2009 at 6:33pm — 1 Comment

Eternal Consciousness and Eternal Unconsiousness

Throughout my few years of existence, I've pondered about which is worse: eternal unconsciousness or eternal consciousness. A Christian (or any other person that believes in an eternal afterlife) would say that eternal unconsciousness (what most atheists have accepted) is far, far worse.



But is it really?



Consider this- imagine existing for an eternity. Eventually, you would have experienced and/or thought about everything possible, and impossible.… Continue

Added by William on July 30, 2009 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

Mohel Ritually Kills a Baby

Pedophile



You may have heard the scenario... a Mohel is Rabbi who performs circumcisions. During the practice the Orthodox (read particularly fucked up and delusional individuals) ones will suck out the blood with their mouths. Yes, a blow job in Judaism begins shortly after birth, but it's from a dude who is ritually ugly.



A Rabbi in New York has performed the act on at least four babies. One has died due to complications of his… Continue

Added by Gaytor on July 12, 2009 at 2:20am — 11 Comments

Respect to Dead People and Life

While browsing ThinkAtheist, I encountered a blog post that called my attention; it was this one, called "Billy Mays... Dead. Four "Celebrities" in a week WTF". While the post itself had nothing wrong in it, the comments seemed more controversial, including jokes about Billy Mays that I considered to be bad tasted. Reggie Hammond replied: "Respect the dead? Why? Will they haunt me? No,… Continue

Added by Andres Kazan on June 29, 2009 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

Choosing a religion

I had posted something a long the lines of this on a random site asking questions about religion... and well lets say it was picked apart by um well everyone... but...



I think it is 100% wrong for children to be baptized and forced in to a religion when they cant even sit up on their own.



Choosing a religion is something that should mean something to the person choosing entering which religion they choose.



I was baptized in the Catholic Church because my Mother… Continue

Added by fixedentropy on June 6, 2009 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Why Fear Death?

The Greek philosopher Epicurus thought that we are afraid of death mainly because we fail to really grasp nonexistence. Creatures of consciousness, we can only picture it as "me-floating-in-darkness-forever." Is it really suprising that that horrific idea sends people racing to the kneelers to pray to someone who is said to have conquered it for us? Heck, if the darkness was really the thing, I'd be wearing out my own knees. But it isn't. The key, Epicurus says, is to really get that death is… Continue

Added by jen o on May 29, 2009 at 11:41pm — 14 Comments

Death, Drink, and Deference

My Catholic grandmother passed away recently and I was chosen to be a pallbearer along with other of her adult grandchildren. I wasn't particularly close to her and knew next to nothing about this side of my family. There were awkward greetings as I struggled to introduce my fiancee to family members whose names I could not quite recall now that I found a desperate need to. I worked out a deal with her after a couple of such greetings. I would play the uncouth and absent minded partner that… Continue

Added by Reggie on May 27, 2009 at 1:40pm — 7 Comments

First Assisted Suicide in Washington State

Washington State Legalized Assisted suicide last November. This last week the first person to choose this option died peacefully.



Linda Flemming was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in the 4th stage. As anyone who has been around Pancreatic Cancer would tell you, it's generally a painful disease. Wikipedia has survival listed as generally 3 to 6 months (painful months) from diagnosis with a 5% survivability rate past five years. It's aggressive and debilitating.



Opponents… Continue

Added by Gaytor on May 27, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Judge Rules Family Can't Refuse Chemo for Boy

I posted earlier this week and Gaytor posted last week, about Daniel Hauser, the thirteen-year-old boy in Minnesota with Hodgkin's lymphoma who is refusing chemotherapy for religious reasons.



Innuendo on a few sites this week has indicated that Daniel is well below the IQ average… Continue

Added by Johnny on May 15, 2009 at 3:30pm — 21 Comments

Alezheimers, Waltzing IV's and The Living Loss of a Loved One



Over the last few years my grandmother-in-law’s memory has been slipping away from her, but has been more of an inconvenience than a danger. At times, she seems like she might be a good natured, well loved, background character in a sitcom about senior citizens. Convinced the cat has run away, stolen by the neighbor, or met a horrific end, every few minutes, she queries anyone in her eye-line as to the relative location of her nearly homebound… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 12, 2009 at 10:33pm — 1 Comment

Suicide, Sacrifice, and Murder: Children Die in the Name of God

On average in the United States, ONE CHILD PER MONTH dies because of their parents religious beliefs.



Jury selection starts for the trial of Leilani Neumann this week. She is charged with second-degree reckless homicide for the death of her eleven-year-old daughter Madeline 'Kara' Neumann. Dale Neumann's trial is scheduled for July.



Not long… Continue

Added by Johnny on May 11, 2009 at 5:30pm — 12 Comments

Children Left to Die with God

A mother in Sleepy Eye Minnesota is choosing to not allow her son to take Chemotherapy Treatments for Hodgkin's. She claims that her reasoning is religious. The article doesn't make clear which religion, but for me that's not even relevant. Instead she is seeking "alternative healing techniques" on the internet.

I find it distasteful that parents take their religion so far as to put their child's well being on the line. I we had a case here in Washington just a few years ago where a JW… Continue

Added by Gaytor on May 9, 2009 at 1:23pm — 6 Comments

Death

Conservation, Laws of Physical -laws stating that some property of a closed system is unaltered by change in the system; it is conserved. The most important are the laws of conservation of matter and energy. Mass and energy are interconvertible according to the equation E = mc2; what is conserved is the total mass and its equivalent in energy.

((Matter/Energy cannot be lost or destroyed. It is simply converted)



I've always figured that even if there was a god, he'd have to work… Continue

Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on January 28, 2009 at 2:27am — No Comments

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