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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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